Edinburgh for a month... Thailand is next

Trip Start Aug 20, 2005
Trip End May 06, 2006

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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Just indured a long bus ride down from Edinburgh, Scotland to London, England. It was a pretty good bus ride considering I was on it for 10 hours and had my breakfast at our first stop which was at 4pm. I'm sure it will be one the most comfortable rides I will have in three months. I hear the transportation in south east asia will be something to remember.

Back on the backpacking trail after over a month of being in the company of familiar faces and warm homes. After my frantic dash to the Florence airport November 31st, I managed to get on my flight to England where I stayed with the Whites for a week while I fit the second to last puzzle piece of my trip.
It was Thailand.

To make it happen, I had to recieve all my vaccinations for southeast asia and book my flight asap. Of all times to book, I had to choose the high season. All the tickets were pricey but, I hunted a good one down and my desicion was confirmed. I would arrive in Thailand January 13th. Or for some people Friday the 13th. Going to defeat the supersticious odds one more time after my september 11th flight!

Up to Edinburgh I flew to visit Rob and Sara for the holiday season. Had an idea that I wanted to get a job to fill my pockets before I took off again. I managed to do just that. I found a great job on the forth day in scotland. Candy bar, they called it. Good place to work, learned a few bartending tricks and new lingo care of the scots. An american' whiskey, is simply ginger ale n whiskey. So simple at the time but trying to translate the thick, drunkin scotish accents in an incredibly smokey bar, is harder than I expected.

I learned, when working Hogmanay, you must wear doctors and nurses outfits, enjoy plenty tequila shooters and pull a Coyote ugly, by spraying the water all over the customers and the employees. It was an interesting night had by all.

With a quick tour of Edinburgh and two weeks working, I managed to get in both the local and tourist perspective. Definatley learnt more through the social scene. After being done with the Bar scene and being a bad, bad person that I was... I had to tell a sloppy white lie to make my exit. They originally thought I would stay for as long as my working visa lasted, thats what I lead them to believe at least. After explaining I had a job offer in London I had to pursue, they ate it up like candy and I was a free woman. I actually really, really hate lying. But, figured this was my only way to get the job, so I sucked it up and if for some reason I recieve some type of bad Karma, well, I guess I deserve it. But in the end it was just a bar job, which are a dime a dozen in the boozy town of Edinburgh.

After many nights of great food care of Rob and Sara, whom are fantastic cooks I have to say, I ended up in another job. I accepted a project from the NY guy, Brook. He is doing a documentary of his one year of travels around the world. He needed a map of the world to use for his film. A lot more details but, I won't get into it. So, he sent me his memorabelia from his travels and I sent shipped him the finished productcrossing my fingers tightly.It took more time than I thought, as projects do and I sent it off the morning I left Edinburgh.
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