Castle life and the return home

For our last trip in the UK we took my mum up to Castle of Park, a Landmark Trust property in Glenluce, Scotland. How cool is that, spending four nights in a castle? It was a great place to spend time and I highly recommend a visit if you have the chance. We used the time to recover from the three weeks of activity in Spain and took it easy. We made two trips of note. For the first we walked a mile up the road to Glenluce Abbey which was beautifully cared for and the steward in charge was a mine of interesting information. For the second we drove to the Mull of Galloway, the southern most point in Scotland where I got my sea/standing on the edge of a cliff fix. My brother was able to join us for a couple of nights so it was quite a family get together.

The trip home was relatively uneventful though the plane transfer in Chicago raised the old heart rate a little more than I liked. Our airline, BMI, had scheduled less than two hours to do immigration, customs and the terminal change. To make matters worse we left Manchester late as one of the crew got sick. Fortuitously for us everything went super smoothly and we arrived at our departure gate with 5 minutes to spare. Phew!

The kicker for this trip was that I got a pretty serious case of jet lag, something I’ve never had problems with before. My sleep patterns have been hugely disturbed and my brain has had a seriously hard time functioning properly. Things seem to be more on an even keel now though.

Current temperature: here 59F/15C, there 10C/50F

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