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Thursday, September 23, 2004

 

Edinburgh, Thursday

Again, we lucked out with the weather, up to 60 degrees and sunny except for one 30-minute period of rain.

We took the express train from Kirkcaldy to the Waverley district of Edinburgh, about 20 minutes. We split up and shopped in the area.

I was with Ilona and Rich Irwin when a woman came out of a store and said, “didn’t I hear about you this morning on the radio? Aren’t you Americans testing a satellite system.” I said we were plus one Dutch person. Her name was Julie, and we fell into conversation as we walked along the streets. She told us about the best places to shop and we told her the names of the streets we were crossing.

Julie left us in an indoor mall and a nice sales person escorted us around various shops, not just her own, looking for some gift items. It was great meeting and visiting with a couple Scottish locals.

From there, Rich and I managed to get lost for a while in a parking garage before we made our way to our group appointment at the new Parliament building.

A Member of Scottish Parliament, Kate MacLean, hosted us. We got a brief tour and had some discussions about issues for blind people in the UK. The picture in front of Parliament is of me, Armand, Margaret and Alan Davis of Pulse Data Europe.
visiting the Parliament

From Parliament, we strolled along the Royal Mile toward the Edinburgh castle. I did several media interviews in person and on the phone along with a stop for lunch.

The castle was very interesting with excellent audio and live guides. My favorite factoid was the biggest cannon shot a 350-pound boulder up to one and a half miles. We saw royal jewels, swords and mostly enjoyed the history and ambiance of the castle. There is a picture of a guide speaking to three quarters of our group in the central courtyard. As usual, we ended the evening with a fantastic meal and a quest for bed after a very full day.

the group at the Castle

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