Most of you know that Rebecca is in Scotland this year on a Fulbright teacher exchange. We decided to try out military Space-available travel to visit her for Christmas. The most likely flight would be Charleston AFB to Ramstein AB, Germany - then on to Scotland by another means. As the time grew close, we were monitoring the flights from a few different US terminals. I found a flight from McGuire AFB, NJ, to Prestwyck, Scotland - the next day! We hurriedly prepared the house, packed, dropped the pups at our groomer's, and left tons of instructions for our wonderful friends Diane and Joe Harwell. It was 1:00 pm before we could get on the road. We drove to Andrews AFB, near Washington DC, arriving after midnight. We hit the road again and arrived at McGuire AFB with a few hours to spare. The passenger terminal at McGuire AFB was a very nice facility. It was even nicer when we were shown to the VIP lounge.
We slept on the way and arrived pre-dawn in Prestwyk, near Glasgow. One of Steve's bags didn't make it... the one containing the flannel-lined pants. We got contact information for the lost bag and then found the train station to head for Edinburgh. Rebecca had already instructed us about getting from Waverly Train Station to Fettis by bus. We showed up at this gorgeous "Hogwarts-like" building and the receptionist paged Rebecca. It was so good to get to hug my child! She had to teach for the rest of the day, but took us to her flat to rest until she got off.
We have already had quite a few adventures here in Scotland, but I will try to break this down into small bites. I will post again soon! And my apologies for the "sideways" photos. I'll try to correct that before the next post.
|Bella knows something's up.|
|Did we remember everything?|
|McGuire AFB passenger terminal|
|Main terminal inside.|
|The VIP lounge - it's good to be a general!|
|There was a piper on the corner as soon as we came up from Waverly Station!|
|This is Fettis College - where Rebecca teaches this year.|
|Rebecca's apartment building|
|A nice Scottish breakfast with ale!|