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Ireland/Scotland – Day 6

July 14th, 2013 by Carl Harvey

Not sure how this blog post is going to work because the wifi is touchy at best. But, we’ll see how it goes.

We got up EARLY this morning…5:00am, breakfast at 5:45am, and then on the bus and out the door at 6:15am. We had to catch the ferry from Belfast to Stranraer in Scotland. We said goodbye to our bus driver Tom who is going back to Dublin. We’ll get a new bus and driver when we get to Scotland It all moved quickly and we got our tickets, luggage stored, and then on the ship pretty quickly. This was a HUGE ship.

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The ride took about 2.5 hours. I spent most of the time on Facebook and catching up on emails. However, the signal over the water was mixed. I think I got a little nap in, too. Oh, and I did take lots of pictures.

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For those of you that don’t know C.L.A.S.S., the head of the group Barbara Pedersen always says to make sure to not let anyone steal your joy. Well, I found some at a store in Glasglow that was called Joy!

We got off the boat and found our new bus and driver Arthur who will be driving us around for the next few days. We started up along the coastline. It was a beautiful drive. We stopped along the way for a few photos, too!

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We kept going until we got to Alloway to the Robert Burns house. He wrote several poems in his short 37 years. Most know to us is the poem Auld Lang Syne that added with folk music is now sang at the end/beginning of each year. His birth home is quite small, but we had a nice time touring it and the adjacent visitor center where we also had a nice lunch.

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From there we headed to Glasglow to do some shopping. I found very little except some fabric for my bookshelf quilt, but otherwise we just walked around and soaked in the city.

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Now we get back on the bus and head to Edinburgh where we will be for the next few days. We got to the hotel checked in, and then off to dinner – a Chinese buffet. Not sure that was what any of us expected. I’d like to think it because there were limited choices open on a Sunday evening. But, who knows. I found enough to eat, but wasn’t overly impressed (I know…shocking!). Anyway, we had some time so Brian took us out on a walk to get a feel for the town. We’ll get a guided tour tomorrow of the city and of Edinburgh Castle! We’ll have a lot of time on our own to explore the city, so that will be fun, too.

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After our walk, we headed back to the hotel to rest and get ready for the day tomorrow. Looking forward to another great day!

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