Scotland 7: Day 14

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03.15.19 | Tobermory, Scotland | 19:46

My Airbnb is huge! I didn’t realize when I was booking it that it actually sleeps 6+ people! That’s just on this end of the house too. The familly owns the other side of the house- but they keep the door between the residence and the Airbnb locked- so it’s like I have my own place. Wanna know the coolest part of this house? It has a washer/dryer combo… as in- it’s ONE machine that washes and dries your clothes! My mind is blown! Get with the times, United States of America! I plan on using it tonight!

When I woke this morning, it looked like it was going to be a sunny day. By the time I walked down the hill into the town, I had to duck into a restaurant to get out of the rain. Since I was there, I ordered some breakfast in order to wait out the storm. Soon, the sun crept out from the clouds and it looked like the rain was done.

That’s haggis on the bottom-left. Yum!

I walked up to Argyle Street and explored some more of the town. I wasn’t walking long before I saw some thick clouds rolling in, and so I made my way back to the Airbnb. As I was almost there, it started to hail. My plans changed and I decided to wait it out.

The Perfect Place to Sit and Read!
The Path to Argyle Street

I stayed at the house for the rest of the morning- the weather today is so funny! Mother Nature isn’t committing to rain or sunshine. It’ll be sunny for about 20 minutes, then it will hale/rain for about 10-15 minutes. Then the sun will come out again, and it feels like a perfect spring day. After about two hours of trying to nap, I decided that it was time to go for a walk, rain or shine.

I checked my AllTrails app to look for a place to hike, and found one that was about three miles round-trip. I thought this would be perfect. I stoped by the Tobermory Handmade Chocolate Company for a quick hot chocolate, then I was off to find the Tobermory Lighthouse.

On my way back into town, I stopped by a war memorial. There were a few last names I recognized from my own Scottish ancestory, but I’m not sure if there is a connection or not. Someday, I’d love to figure it all out! It would be great to find a distant relative over here!

Before I left town, I got a message from the owner of tomorrow’s Airbnb. So- months ago, when I was learning about Iona, I was intrigued. Iona, which is a small island off the coast of Mull, is considered by many, to be sacred ground. I was so excited that I found a place to stay, that I didn’t go in to read all the details of what I was getting myself in to.

The message from the owner reminded me to bring all my own provisions because the “pod” I’m staying in is more-or-less camping. That’s right- I’m staying tonight in a less-than-desirable lodging. The reason I have brought my own provisions is that the only store on the island doesn’t open for the season until March 26th. Let the lesson be learned: Read the fine print before you purchase your Airbnb.

For this reason, I went to the Co-Op (the local grocery store) in town and got some groceries. Since I don’t think I’ll have any kind of refrigerator, for the next two days I’ll be living off the following items: bread, peanut butter, Nutella, cookies, chips, Coca-Cola, and two liters of water. This is either going to be really cool, or really, really not cool.

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