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Scotland Slowly 2019, Day 9: Fair Isle

It's the Last Full Day. Alas

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The Ocean Endeavor is in the process of docking at a place called Peterhead, and we are awaiting instructions for the day and for the disembarkation process for tomorrow. It’s the last full day of our Scotland Slowly trip. I can hardly believe it.

We spent yesterday morning in Mousa, exploring the Mousa Broch, in rather misty conditions. But, still lovely.

Our surprise afternoon destination turned out to be Fair Isle. You know, of sweater and various other woolens fame. Since this was not on the original agenda, the Fair Isle people really pulled off a remarkable feat, in setting up a little fair in their community center (which is also the island school), staffing the small museum, and providing rides around the island for those who have significant mobility issues.

Joe and I rented bikes once again. It was a great way to explore the island. No surprise, but the island was covered in sheep, and in what comes out of sheep. There were also a lot of birds, for the crazed bird people who are part of this adventure.

We enjoyed our visit to the small museum on the island, including a nice chat with the woman who was staffing the museum.

Last evening, we had another delightful dinner with Jonathan and his mother, Sandra. After dinner, we attended the on-ship auction and then we joined Jonathan and his bottle of whisky, to help him empty that bottle and to allow additional time for Joe and Jonathan to reminisce about Harvard Government department faculty.

We stayed up much too late. We are moving a bit slowly this morning.

I’ll post a few photos below.

But, now it’s time to figure out what’s going on today, which will include a visit to Slains Castle, a castle ruin not far from Peterhead, and a couple of other sites. And, then we will prepare to leave the ship tomorrow. We dread the prospect of packing.



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