The day has finally arrived! My brother and I fly to the United Kingdom tomorrow! I can’t believe how rapidly June got here. This qualifies as a trip of a lifetime for me. England and Scotland are two countries I’ve always wanted to visit for a number of reasons, and I’m so thankful that events have worked out to make it possible!
We will be at the airport by 1:00 for our 3:00 p.m. flight to Dallas. We flight out of Dallas around 6:45 p.m. and will arrive in London at 9:30 a.m. local time. Then, we have roughly two hours to get to the flight to Edinburgh. That’s where things could get hairy. We don’t have a lot of time to transfer between flights, but we’re arriving in Terminal 5 and departing out of Terminal 5. I think we’ll be okay, but it will certainly be an adventure.
I have the Guatamala manuscript to edit, three “real” books to read (The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan, A Game of Thrones George Martin, and Writing 21st Century Fiction by Donald Maass), and a dozen ebooks I need to start on. Plus I just bought the new Skillet album Rise, so I’m all set for the flight over!
My best friend is coming to meet us in Edinburgh, where we’ll bum around for a day or so. Then, we’ll take a train to Carlisle, where my friend has been living since January. I’m excited to go to church there and see some of the sights. Then, from there, we’ll take a train to London where the real sightseeing will begin. Abbey Road. Westminster Abbey. The Tower of London. Big Ben. Houses of Parliament. The British Museum. …. And 221B Baker Street from BBC’s Sherlock if we’re lucky! We might even be able to go down to Oxford and see the houses of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien! (I’m not excited at all.) I swear, though, if I run into a woman named Eliza at the flower market, I’ll probably ask her to sing for me….
All along the way, I’m hoping to keep this blog updated on what we see and where we go and what we eat and any other experiences. Yes, I’ll even include the embarrassing stories, of which I’m sure we will have plenty. And there will be photos. Many, many photos.
It’s so exciting!