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Trip Start Aug 17, 2009
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Trip End Aug 25, 2009


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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

I left Tucson at around noon on Aug. 17, when the sun was high, and the temperature was starting to climb into the hundreds.  Just short of 24 hours later, I arrived in Aberdeen to a temperature in the sixties and an overcast sky that spit occasional droplets of something called rain.  Those of you who have suffered thru my laments about missing winter this year on account of my trip to Africa will guess that I'm really loving this weather.  You will be right.

Heather picked me up at the airport, and we lost no time grabbing a plate of haggis (much better than I was expecting) and a pint of Tennent's (a local beer, roughly equivalent Pabst Blue Ribbon).  As we walked too and from the pub, I got to see a little bit of the city, mostly along Union Street, the main drag.  Many of the buildings in Aberdeen are made of granite, giving the city a very gray feel--just as I expected, really.  Apparently there were lots more churches here than there were congregants, so different businesses have bought the church structures.  What's strange is that the types of businesses that are interested in churches here range from the irreverent to the blasphemous (e.g., casinos and bars). Beyond these few details, I haven't been able to deduce much more than you could easily learn on Wikipedia.  I think I'm going to enjoy my time here.
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