#SEWES2016 ~ Scotland, England, Wales, England, and Scotland
September 9, 2016
Like my hashtag for the trip? #SEWES2016? We’re SEW-ing – and looking forward to our time in these countries.
Things right from the beginning have been weird. I renewed our membership in Historic Scotland back in early May to ensure I remained a ‘renewal’ member. There are more perks to that status. Well, the cards didn’t come. I contacted them in June as they sent out replacements cards. They didn’t come. I get the magazines quarterly so our mailing address is correct. Emailed them again, this time we decided to have them mailed to our first destination. They arrived there but only a few days before us.
Originally, the flight was supposed to be non-stop from Glasgow to Toronto but a stop over in Montreal was added after we booked.
As is the norm when we travel anywhere, I don’t pack until the day we’re leaving. Why do it sooner? It only gives you the opportunity to unpack, repack and do it all over again many times. And if your forget to pack something, there are stores in other countries. We have to buy distilled/demineralized water for hubby’s CPAP machine. Since water is heavy, we don’t want to cart a bottle of it in our checked bags anyway. Not to mention, if the plastic bottle broke in the suitcase, everything would be a soggy mess.
We booked a park and stay at the Quality Inn and Suites on Ambler Drive in Mississauga so we could leave the car there and take advantage of their shuttle bus to get us to and from the airport.
Here we are ready to embark on our adventure. Do we look happy? Excited? Nervous? Any or all of the above?
It’s rare when we’re on vacation that we get photos of both of us together. Usually, it’s just one or the other. But, with my BlackBerry Z10 having front and rear cameras (so does my unlocked Samsung Galaxy Prime), it makes it easy to get pictures of us both together.
I don’t wear headbands a lot but decided to give them a go for this trip. I tie my hair in a ponytail for taking photos but there are always a few wisps of the mop that are too short to stay in (or even reach the elastic). And I can be guaranteed that the wind will blow these bits of hair in front of the camera lens. So it will be ponytail plus headband and we’ll see how that works. If it doesn’t then the tried and true method is to have hubby hold the blowing stragglers in place.
After flying Club Class with Air Transat in 2014 when we went to Paris, we decided never again to fly economy. I mean if you’re going to be stuck in that cigar tube for 7+ hours, you might as well be comfortable. Wider seats, fewer passengers to have to share the loo with, blanket, neck pillow, slippers, and earbuds – this year all packaged up in a reusable cloth bag. And the other part of the comfort kit (designed to look like blue jeans) had a toothbrush and toothpaste, earplugs, lotion and lip balm, sleep mask and socks.
And did I mention champagne? Plus you get real glasses, real cutlery and real plates!
I did take a ‘champagne on the plane’ selfie but by then the excitement had got the better of me and I couldn’t hold the phone steady. It certainly wouldn’t have had anything to do with the three glasses of red wine I drank before boarding… 😉
Go figure, google maps can’t calculate the driving directions from Toronto to Glasgow…
Come back again tomorrow for the next installment of our #SEWES2016 adventure.
5 thoughts on “#SEWES2016 ~ The adventure begins”
Fascinating, Melanie. But I never leave packing until the last day. That would put me in a frazzle. However, I have travel packing list on my computer which lists everything I need for a journey on one A4 sheet of paper. I print it off, and if it’s a shorter journey I score off the things I won’t need. Then, it’s just a question of ticking off each item as it goes in the case. I never have to unpack to check it’s there. It was great to see you in Scotland.
I keep a complete toiletry kit for both of us in the suitcase and when I do my last minute packing, take an inventory to see what needs to be added/topped up, etc., so when the last minute packing takes places, it’s just our clothes.
It was great to see you again, too, Chris! Hope we can do it again next year. 🙂
Me as well
I really enjoy living vicariously through your travel updates! Have a great trip!
Thanks, Madelle! Glad you could drop by. 🙂