January 2017
  • Day11

    Home to Seattle

    January 30, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 43 °F

    My flight went without any delays and I was able to arrive in Seattle at terminal gate at 3:06 PM. I was final able to use my global entry so I by-passed the passport control lines and when directly to the kiosk, scanned my passport and after a quick check by an agent was off to customs. Another quick check by a customs agent I was out to the tram for main terminal in a record 13 minutes and out of the airport by 3:30 PM. This definitely makes it worth the extra paperwork and "information sharing". I'm thankful that I was able to make this journey and enjoy London and Edinburgh. It was relaxing and left me with much to think about from a historical & social economic perspective.Read more

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  • Day11

    Heathrow Airport - Returning to Seattle

    January 30, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 45 °F

    My Delta flight was scheduled for 11:00 AM. I tried checking in Sunday night but the webpage wasn't working... Apparently they had another computer glitch. My flight was delayed 2:20 until 1:20 departure at Heathrow. Was able to visit the Virgin club lounge which was very nice and finally boarded around 12:30 PM local time. After a nearly 10:00 hour flight I will be home again!Read more

  • Day10

    Edinburgh - Final Thoughts

    January 29, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 39 °F

    I'm happy I made the journey to Scotland. There was much to see and much history to learn. I just touched the tip of the iceberg. Once I finished at the castle I road a couple of the tour buses just to see more of the town and hear the history. Pretty interesting and something for others to explore. Once I was done it was off to the guest house to retrieve my bags then off to the airport for my journey to London and then flying back home to Seattle on Monday. It has been a fun experience and I hope that someday I can journey here again to explore further.Read more

  • Day10

    Ibis Heathrow Airport

    January 29, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 48 °F

    Well my flight went well and I made it safely to my hotel around 10:30 PM local time. Grabbed a bite to eat, logged some entries and then heading to bed to get up to get out to the airport by around 8-9 for my 11 AM flight. I should be in Seattle Monday around 2PM. Until then........Read more

  • Day10

    Edinburgh Castle - War Memorial

    January 29, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 37 °F

    Scottish coat of arms, interesting statues in front of the war memorial. No photos allowed in the memorial. It contains sections and books which list all the Scotts who were lost in battle. A nice memorial and remembrance for the Scottish people. https://www.snwm.org/Read more

  • Day10

    Edinburgh castle

    January 29, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 37 °F

    Made it to the castle. It was a wet but sunny day and lots of tourists. Pretty amazing site which they have dated back to 600 AD or so. The earliest parts of the castle date from the 1100's with much of it having been restored several times through the centuries after being destroyed.Read more

  • Day10

    Sunday in Edinburgh

    January 29, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 36 °F

    Well today is my last day in Edinburgh. I fly out to London this evening, overnight near Heathrow and then flight out to Seattle on Monday morning. I had a nice breakfast with English bacon, haggis, egg & toast. I don't think I've had haggis before and it had an interesting flavor and texture. I would definitely try it again. My plan is to use my hop on tour tickets today and visit the castle properly with a walk through. Snapped some shots this morning as it looked it was going to be another sunny day. What I like most about the city is all the stonework and stone buildings. It is the local building material so it used broadly (stone streets, etc.)Read more