welcome to aberdeen

The first post, live from Aberdeen! Let’s get right to it.

The trip: The flight from Toronto to Dublin was good. The plane was a bit cramped, and Lauren and I were on the inside of the row, which is not good when you have to go to the bathroom and the person at the end is fast asleep. I was excited about the movie [the new Indy], but maybe it was the small screen or the time of day, but I was not into it. I had no idea what was going on. Alien skulls … what? Plus, I would have to question Air Transat’s decision to serve a frozen Indian curry dish in flight during the middle of the night. We made it to Dublin in plenty of time to make our connection, and unlike their Canadian counterparts, Aer Lingus was able to accommodate our extra luggage without charing a fee. Thank you, lady in the green jacket. The toughest part was lugging all our stuff from the terminal in Edinburgh to the shuttle bus to the packed train station to the train, and then having to change cars during the ride. The scenery was amazing though, as the track cuts through the Scottish countryside and up the coast. All in all, a smooth trip without any glitches.

Our apartment: Small, but we love it. It’s in an old granite building [like all buildings in Aberdeen], with a big bedroom, nice bathroom and a cozy kitchen / living area. I’m not a very descriptive guy, so I’ll let future pictures tell the rest of that story. The heating / electricity work a bit differently ove here, so that will take a bit of getting used to. In terms of location between the school and the city centre, it’s prime. It’s going to be a nice little place for us to call home for the year.

The city: We have spent the past couple of days getting to know Aberdeen. Saturday was spent hitting some local shops to get some food and other household items that we needed. We went to the city centre yesterday, Union Street, which is a tremendous area full of good shops, nice restaurants and cool coffee shops / bookstores. And it’s only a 15 minute walk from our place. No doubt we will be spending some time down there. We hit a pub for some good ol’ fish, chips, mushy peas and beer for supper, and that was a nice introduction to UK fare. Today we are at the University. It felt like I was going back in time as we walked up the old cobblestone street leading to the school. It’s basically going to be a treat to come to school every day. Again, pictures forthcoming on that front as well. The weather has been a bit autumnish, but no day rain as of yet, which is a bonus. First impressions of the city are good ones indeed.

That’s the update so far. We are excited to be here for sure. Sometimes I have to sit back and make myself realize that we are actually here. There is obviously a bit of an adjustment going on, but all transitions take time, and there is a process involved with getting comfortable with new surrounding and ways of doing things.

We are hoping to get the internet set up in the flat asap, but until then we’ll be popping by the school to check up on things and keep people updated on what’s going on. I was just able to check sports news for the first time, and was shocked to see that a) the Bills killed it on opening day, b) Rafa lost in the semis, and c) Brady is out for the year? Wow, crazy what you miss over a weekend.

Well, that’s all for now. Thanks to all those who have been thinking about and praying for us. We appreciate all the encouragement and support along the way.

Cheers.

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    • Catherine Mclaren
    • September 8th, 2008

    It all sounds so wonderful and exciting…………….Enjoy every moment……..

    I am looking forward to hearing all about your adventure in the upcoming weeks and months………

    Love MOM

    • Jessica
    • September 8th, 2008

    Looking forward to seeing pictures of your flat/school/new location! Wow, Scotland. I’m glad everything went smoothly for you on your way out and that you are adjusting well. (Jon and I know what that’s like–well, we’re not in Europe, but we’re in a bit of an adjustment period, too!) Hope the start of class goes well for you!

    • JT
    • September 8th, 2008

    Sounds great! Looking forward to keeping up with what’s happening in Aberdeen.

    • Sabrina
    • September 8th, 2008

    It sounds like I want to visit. Hope you enjoy your time before class gets rolling. Looking very forward to photos.

    • provhouse mike
    • September 8th, 2008

    cool!!! glad the trip went well.

    someday I will have to send you on a scavenger hunt for me. there’s a few monuments around there for some of my ancestors and it would be cool to see a pic!

  1. Scotland sounds amazing! Glad you guys got there safe and sound. I am looking forward to seeing some pictures of your travels and the day to day!
    Enjoy your time before classes begin.

  1. January 1st, 2009

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