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Five Minute Friends
This sounds like a title of a Dr. Suess Book, "Oh The People You Will Meet." Have you ever struck up a conversation with someone in the grocery line or at a restaurant while waiting for your meal? My husband and I love to meet new people especially when we travel.
During our 2.5 week trip to Europe we made so many incredible "Five-Minute Friends." This is a term my daughter's friend came up with after her little brother made multiple five-minute friends everywhere they went.
We made so many five-minute friends throughout our travels. Here are a few of the many friends we made, - and some we've made for a lifetime. I thought I'd write about some of those people and include a photo of where we were when we met.
Isle of Skye
The most delightful new friend (I now write regularly to her) we made is Linda, below. We stumbled upon her shop on the way to Neist Point Lighthouse on the Isle of Skye. You can't miss her place, it's on the crossroad just before you head up the road to the lighthouse. I really wanted to purchase something crafted in Scotland and I came to the right place. I purchased a beautiful ivory mohair shawl hand made by Linda. I love it! Linda is an incredible artist making most of the items you see in her shop. Linda gave us a tour of her cottage that is available for rent http://www.cottages-skye.com/index.asp. Linda also taught us about being a sheep farmer, she had many sheep ready to lamb (give birth). At last count there were 68 new lambs in 18 days, wow.
And check out one of her little lambs, photo taken by Linda's neighbor after I asked to see some photos! Thank you!
On our drive from Isle of Skye to Glasgow we met this very fun couple from Oregon, USA! He's a cardiologist and she is a food scientist (sounds like a fascinating job). We met atop a hill that overlooked Glenfinnan Monument and the famous arched railroad bridge that is seen in the Harry Potter movies.
I wish I could have taken an aerial shot with my Mavic Pro, but it was raining and windy. This will have to do.
Sligachan Hotel, Isle of Skye
The happenstance that lead us to the Sligachan Hotel was bittersweet. We were supposed to stay at a B&B just a few kilometers from the Sligachan Hotel. But the sudden death of the proprietor caused us to change our lodging for the 3 nights we were in the Isle. John, pictured below with his girlfriend, is the manager of the hotel that's been in the family for 4 generations. He was keenly knowledgeable about the area and every restaurant and site he recommended was spot on. If you're ever on the Isle of Skye, you must check them out. We loved their pub and dining there was wonderful. Their whiskey pub wasn't open when we were there, but should you go when it is, you'll not want to miss it. The wonderful staff at the hotel is also pictured.
We LOVED these two ladies, they worked the front desk, pub and breakfast restaurant. They were so knowledgeable and sweet!
A few of the Sligachan Hotel.
Famous London Taxis
We were so blessed to have met a family from Lancaster, Pennsylvania during the changing of the guards in London. Unfortunately I didn't get a photo of them, but they did give us the name of a taxi driver who can customize a tour of London for you. Steve, below, was a wonderful guide who took us to so many places in 2 hours. What was so great is he is able to park nearly anywhere for a short hop out of the car to see a site, get the photo you want and hop back in the taxi. We had SO much fun on this tour. Since our time in London was brief, this was the best way to see so many sites.
When we were in Glasgow we decided to check out the famous Glasgow University. While walking the campus we realized it is nice to see a familiar logo on a sweatshirt and stopped this young student who is majoring in the renaissance era. She studied at Stanford and is now getting a PhD at the University. She was SO interesting to talk to, and really knows her stuff!
Edinburg, Arthur's Seat
While hiking up to Arthur's Seat, the main peak of the group of hills in Edinburgh, Scotland, we met this very fun (and hilarous) couple. He's a dental surgeon and she, as he likes to say, is his future ex-wife. They gave us a great history of Edinburgh on this cold, windy day. We made it up the hill which they were jogging down from. We hope we run into them again, they were very memorable.
On the Mallaig Ferry to Isle of Skye
We met these delightful twins who hail from Canada. One twin convinced the other to take time off to explore during her gap year. They were refreshing to talk to and had so much adventure in them. We talked about heritage as we learned they were part Scottish, thus their exploration of the country. We hope these two lovely ladies have a pivotal time in their gap year. More kids should be doing this!
Doug hiking up the trails in Staffin, by Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland.
Veterans - Thank You!
Doug was so pleased to run into this Vietnam Vet while we were in Normandy. He knew so much about the area, this was his 5th or 6th time here, maybe more. He used to give tours of the area and was a wealth of information. He's from Utah and came here, possible on his last visit, with a sister. We are so grateful for these remarkable people who serve and protect our country.
Scottish Music at Sandy Bells, Edinburgh
We bookened our Scotland tour with two days each in Edinburgh. On our return we frequented our favorite pub, Sandy Bell's. Here you can meet the most interesting people from all over the world who pop into this world famous pub. We met some musicians who struck up fun, lively conversations with us. Here are a few musicians and a little clip of the upbeat music.
And last but definitely not least, our new friend Ross, proprietor of 23 Mayfield B&B. Ross is amazing. Not only did he redesign this historic home, he is an incredible chef creating some of the most delicious breakfasts we've ever had. EVER. He knows Edinburgh like no other, and gave us spot-on recommendations for sites, dining and music. We look forward to our next stay with him - that's a given.
It was a GREAT adventure for two! Loved sp being time with Tina in so many beautiful places making such wonderful memories ❤️
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