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This entry was posted on Saturday, August 13th, 2011 by Frances Ryan.
Tags: travel, stirling, scotland, moving, immigration, homeland, happy, giggles, friends, family, entertainment

I suppose this is a good time to give an update on my travels, since I’ve arrived in Stirling, Scotland, and am now out and about enjoying the free WiFi access. So, here we go:

Firstly, the flights: I left my hometown about 10:30 a.m. Thursday (that’s 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Stirling time) to travel to the airport some two hours away. Because I was flying standby, I wasn’t certain if I’d have a seat on the 3:00 p.m. flight, but I got one, so that was cool. Of course, you may know that since I updated on the plane during that flight!

Once in Minneapolis, I went to the gate hoping that I’d manage a seat on the flight to London and was extremely pleased to not only have a seat, but to have one in business class! And let just say that business class travel is amazing! A glass of bubbles before takeoff; a proper blanket and pillow; a three-course, proper meal served with good wine; and a seat that reclined all the way into a bed. The best thing about it was that I managed a decent sleep! (Yay!)

Then—all of the sudden—I was in the UK. But because my standby ticket was only good to London, I had to make my way to Edinburgh on my own. In anticipation of this, I had my Dad book me a flight once I was confirmed on my London leg, but he could only get me a (decently priced) flight that took off eight hours later—which meant a long day at Heathrow! Worse, it meant transferring from Terminal 4 to Terminal 5 and since I wasn’t on a continuing flight, I had to take my baggage with me. It was not an easy task, but it didn’t kill me.

Oh, and to fill the time, my sister and her best friend had me do a photo scavenger hunt with items/situations they posted on my Facebook page. So that was fun!

By the time I got on the flight to Edinburgh, I was more than ready to be done travelling. And by the time I came through the gates there, I was a mix of emotions and couldn’t decide if that would mean tears or laughter but seeing my friend, Rebecca, standing there to greet me made it an easy decision—laughter and smiles! (Though with watery eyes and a lump in my throat, I’ll admit.)

Finally, I was in Stirling—my home for the next year+. I was so tired but so excited. I was also very hungry and in need of a shower. After all, it was after 10:00 p.m. by that time—more than 24 hours after my journey began.

Amazingly, I managed to get a full night’s sleep instead of my normal 3:00 a.m. waking time on my first night. I give credit to the business class cabin’s sleeper chairs!!

And now, after a wee wander around the Stirling city centre with Rebecca, I’m enjoying a sandwich and tea at the local coffee shop.

I’m sure that my sleeping and eating patterns will be off for a few days, but I’m also sure that they will sort themselves out. In the mean time, I’m just going to enjoy the thrill of being back in Scotland and I’m going to try to remember that I’m not on holiday this time. No, this time I’m home!


The good night’s sleep was all due to the palatial surroundings if you ask me!!

Great to have you here

by Rebecca at 11:51am (GMT) on August 13th, 2011

the palatial surroundings will be replete with in-house wifi once i return the unit from its european travels in two weeks or so
welcome to stirling!
see you soon?

by pomomama at 6:11pm (GMT) on August 13th, 2011


by Ant Elizabeth at 8:33pm (GMT) on August 13th, 2011

So what are the living arrangements now that you’re there?

by Corinne at 12:21am (GMT) on August 14th, 2011

By the way, what is that a photo of? It is beautiful, whatever it is!

by Corinne at 12:52am (GMT) on August 14th, 2011

I’m so glad everything went well and was uneventful. I’m happy you’re home now!

by Amy at 2:44am (GMT) on August 14th, 2011

Yes, and the alarm-cat was a great feature to ensure that I didn’t oversleep, too!


by Just Frances at 7:38am (GMT) on August 14th, 2011

WiFi! Yay!!

I’m heading for England on Tuesday and will be back Sept 3. I’m hoping to meet up before you head home!

by Just Frances at 7:38am (GMT) on August 14th, 2011

:) You’ll have to come visit now!!

by Just Frances at 7:39am (GMT) on August 14th, 2011

That’s the Stirling Castle—it really is lovely, though I’ve not been in this trip (that’s an older photo).

I’m staying with my friend, Rebecca, for now and will start looking at flats after I get back from a visit with family down in England. I don’t know what I’ll end up with or when I’ll find a place, but am so happy and lucky to have a friend here with space (and tolerance) for me!!

by Just Frances at 7:41am (GMT) on August 14th, 2011

It’s so good to be home, too! I can’t wait to be able to show you around one day! xx

by Just Frances at 7:42am (GMT) on August 14th, 2011

we’re back in the country aug 27th and will most def see you i hope before we leave sept 5th :)

by pomomama at 6:30pm (GMT) on August 14th, 2011

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