A brief interlude, prompted by Stoddart's bio/hagiography of Isabella Bird.
When she wasn't galavanting around the world, Bird spent the bulk of her adult life in Scotland -- and most of her time in Scotland was spent in Edinburgh.*
This is the part of Edinburgh I'll be referring to. The castle, which is what every person uses to orient themselves, is #6.
Stoddart lists two of the places the Isabella and her sister rented over the years. #2 is 7 Castle Terrace; #3 is 3 Atholl Place. While it might look like there is a lot of distance between the two, there really isn't. It's maybe a five minute walk.
The last place I stayed in February 2018, which was the last time I was in Edinburgh,** is #1: Canning Street Lane Apartments. In the morning, I'd walk to the coffee place at #4. I recommend both, btw.
Our last morning, I took a picture on my walk because the light was interesting.
This is Atholl Terrace. I believe the house in question is on the left.
I took another picture about two seconds later, when I was putting my phone away and noticed a coin on the sidewalk.
Did Isabella's ghost leave it for me? Is this some kind of mysterious working of the universe?
Eh. Probably not. It's neat, though.
I have to share a couple of other pictures from the trip, simply because they still amuse me but have nearly nothing to do with ghosts and destiny.
Cory was only 12 and forced to tour the whisky heritage center, which ends with a tasting. Because he is my child, he took notes on what the tour guide said each region's product tasted like. I think he took a sip of one, just to see, and decided he did would be happier with the Irn Bru offered to kids and/or teetotalers.
There is a pub between St. Andrews and Edinburgh where the custom is to measure yourself on the wall and write your name. Cory was just taller than "Shirley No Shoes Involved."
St. Andrews, btw, is home to the creepiest and most wonderful aquarium in the world. You should go.
Oh! And #5 on my Edinburgh map is a great Italian place. Highly recommend.
* In case anyone has a lead on employment, I speak for both my spouse and myself when I say we'd move there in a heartbeat.
** Seriously. In a heartbeat.