Monday, June 17, 2013

A Postcard from Inverness!

Greetings from Inverness, the Scottish Highlands and the northern most city in the UK!  After two days of travel and stopovers in Singapore, Doha and Manchester we’ve finally made it Inverness.  It is 10 at night but it’s still deceptively light and feels like it would at 6, when the sun is just about to set.  Our 2-night stop-over is just a short taxi ride away and we are glad to get to our hotel in one piece and crash. 

Strangely, or perhaps because we slept so much on the plane, we are up at the crack of dawn and decide to walk in to town. We stop at the Premier Inn for a wonderful cooked breakfast before continuing on to the beautiful town of Inverness.  Set on the banks of the River Ness it looks glorious in the sunlight, which is now streaming through.  An ancient castle looks down on the city and numerous bridges link both sides of the river. 

We spend most of the morning in a café, getting setup with phone and internet access.  For the first time in months, we are beginning to unwind and relax and to enjoy the luxury of doing nothing.  After lunch, we set out for a walk along the banks of the River Ness.  The ‘Ladies Walk’ is very pleasant and gives us a good sense of this place.  We settle for dinner on the waterfront before eventually heading back to our hotel.  Tomorrow we leave for Forres. 

  To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.  ~e.e. cummings, 1955

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