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I - Inverness Included In Our Itinerary
Posted On 09/05/2017 22:33:32 by yourchoice

Several years ago, our dear friend who works for a major airlines, surprised us with two buddy passes, and we could fly anywhere that her company had schedules. The surprise came shortly after I completed a year of therapy in an effort to get my injured foot working again. When we asked her for suggestions that she thought I would be able to handle, she told us about the train pass that she thought we would enjoy. If we purchased the pass before we left home, we would be able to take the train as many times and any distance in Great Britain.

It was a timely suggestion, because by the time we got our act together, school had started and several of Ed’s relatives were school teachers. That meant that they wouldn’t be able to be our tour guides, as had happened when we visited in the summer, so we would be on our own during the week. Not wanting to sit around their home, and watching TV all day, a train ride sounded great.

Once we got to England, we were given direction in how to travel to various towns to visit with other relatives, and then gave us suggestions on what may be interesting for us to see. Out number one choice was to visit Scotland. Neither of us had been to Scotland, and it was a great opportunity. It was suggesting that we visit Edinburgh, the capitol of Scotland, and were warned that if we decide to include Glasgow, we may have trouble understanding their dialect, being that we were still struggling with the English dialect in parts of England. After studying the map, we decided to head north of Edinburgh, to see if we could spot the Loch Ness Monster, near Inverness. Just kidding… !

The train travelled within sight of the North Sea, and it was a beautiful trip. On our arrival, we asked a taxi driver to take us to a B & B near downtown. He took us to the most quaint lodging operated by a very hospitable couple. We got a “birds-eye” view of the city and surrounding country side on a city double-decker bus. The weather was perfect for sitting on the open upper deck, and my camera was kept busy the whole time.

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09/07/2017 06:25:47

THAT MUST HAVE BEEN A LOVELY TRIP. I CAN ONLY IMAGINE. THAT WAS SUCH A VERY THOUGHTFUL WONDERFUL GIFT YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND GOT. I'M GLAD YOU ESPECIALLY GOT TO VISIT SCOTLAND. ITS REALLY HARD TO UNDERSTAND THE DIALECT. THERE'S EVEN A CERTAIN AREA IN ENGLAND WHERE ITS VERY DIFFICULT. DONT REMEMBER THE NAME. I'M JUST GLAD YOU ENJOYED YOURSELVES. I TOO WOULD HAVE BEEN TAKING PICTURES AND MORE PICTURES. LOL


THE LANGUAGE FOR JAMAICA, WEST INDIES IS ENGLISH. THAT YOU WOULD UNDERSTAND WELL. BUT THEY HAVE A LOCAL DIALECT CALLED PATOIS. IT IS PRONOUNCED PATWA. NOW THAT YOU WOULDNT BE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND. LOL. THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF PATOIS DEPENDING ON WHERE IN THE ISLAND UR FROM. THE MAIN ONE I UNDERSTAND BUT THE OTHER ONE,  NOT AT ALL. I HAVE A NIECE WHO LIKES TO TEASE ME BECAUSE I DONT SPEAK IT, DONT LIKE IT, DONT UNDERSTAND ONE AND I MAKE NO APOLOGIES FOR IT. IN MY HOME, IT WASNT SPOKEN. AS AN ADULT, I'VE TOLD PEOPLE, I'LL TAKE THE ACCENT BUT NO WAY WILL I TAKE THE DIALECT. REMINDS ME YESTERDAY IN THE E.R. AN ELDERLY GENTLEMAN WAS LYING IN A BED NEAR TO ME AND ON HIS PHONE AT ONE POINT. ALL I COULD HEAR WAS PURE PATOIS. LOL IN MY MIND, I WAS LIKE, ENGLISH PLS , ENGLISH PLS. 



ITS GOOD I CAN LAUGH AT MYSELF. I'M NOW LEARNING TO READ IT. THIS IS HOW BAD I WAS IN NOT BEING ABLE TO READ IT. A FRIEND WAS TALKING TO ME ON THE INTERNET. AT THAT TIME WE WERE USING YAHOO CHAT WHICH I NO LONGER HAVE. SHE SPEAKS SPANISH VERY WELL. SO WE'RE THERE TALKING AND SUDDENLY SHE WROTE A COUPLE SENTENCES IN SPANISH. I WAS ANNOYED BECAUSE SHE KNOWS THAT I DONT SPEAK SPANISH. SO I SAID TO HER, WILL U PLS GO BACK TO WRITING IN ENGLISH ? SHE LAUGHED HER HEAD OFF AND SAID : OMG, YOU REALLY CANT READ PATOIS. THAT WASNT SPANISH. THAT WAS PATOIS. I WAS SO SHOCKED. NOW, WHEN I REALIZE SHE' GOING TO TELL THE STORY, I JUST TAKE OVER BECAUSE SHE MAKES SURE ITS KNOWN WHAT A DISGRACE I AM IN NOT BEING ABLE TO READ IT THE TIME SHE WROTE IT. I JUST LAUGHED AND ALWAYS LAUGH NOW WHEN I REMEMBER.


SO SORRY SIS MONA TO TAKE OVER UR STORY BUT I HAVENT LAUGHED IN A GOOD WHILE AND YOU WRITING ABOUT THE HEAVY SCOTTISH ACCENT JUST BROUGHT THAT MEMORY BACK TO ME.


YOU CAN TELL YOUR FRIEND THAT I WOULD BE THRILLED WITH 2 TICKETS TOO..


ONCE AGAIN, SO GLAD YOU AND YOUR HUBBY HAD A FABULOUS TIME.


HUGS, ARIA.



09/06/2017 22:38:21

Thanks for the comments to yet another of my "wordy" story. I had a look at it today, and realized that the first paragraph was missing. To correct it, I copied the original text from my computer and pasted it in my blog again. I think it is now complete.

Sorry to be such a picky person; I didn't want any misunderstanding or wondering if I was having yet another "senior moment"!

Enjoy your week!



09/06/2017 19:37:56

I have enjoyed that story immensley. What a dream trip that would have been.  I have always yearned to visit England Ireland and Scotland where my Maternal Grandfather migrated from. Would love to visit a Castle. How fortunate that the weather was so nice for you both as I believe it can be quite cool,rainy and foggy there. Thanks for sharing.



09/06/2017 16:14:01

Sounds like a fun trip! And yes, I'd have chosen Scotland as well. 





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