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Grounded!

So yesterday’s trip to the airport was a bit of a dress rehearsal; we have to do it again today! 

And here we thought the tears would be because she would be upset that she was leaving.  It turns out they were because she could not leave!! 

The weather yesterday was bad – it was too misty for the planes to land and therefore there were no planes to take off again!!!  Nothing like being in an airport for 5 hours with no idea of what is going on and then stressing because you have an international flight to catch.  The airlines were also not being that helpful in the stress situation as they told her that because her international flight was not with the same airline they were not liable and she would need to buy a whole new ticket!  The weather was considered an “Act of God” and therefore not their responsibility. 

The staff at the airport were however very helpful! They tried there best to get her on a plane as at one stage it looked like there was a different flight that might fly.  They managed to get her a seat on it – if it took off!  It didn’t though! 

So it is good to have her here for another day, even if I don’t get to see much of her.  It is our work’s Christmas function this afternoon and I have to go – although I am going to try and sneak out early.  Considering however that it was my suggestion of thing to do that might be a bit rude.

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Edinburgh, our home from home?

My sister is going to Scotland this weekend.  I am very jealous.  She was there last weekend as well when she did the Edinburgh Marathon.  This time though it is just for fun.  Well she needs to be there for work on Monday, so thought it would be nice to extend her stay. 

Both her and I are born and bred South Africans.  We have lived in Port Elizabeth for most of our lives but for some strange reason while living overseas when ever we get homesick we head to Scotland.  It is strange that both she and I feel exactly the same way about it. 

Yes, my parents are from Edinburgh, but they moved to Port Elizabeth before I was born.   It is a very hard feeling to explain.  When I go to Scotland and most specifically Edinburgh it is like I am going “home”.  From my very first time there I felt as if I knew the place.  As if I belonged there.  It is the strangest thing.  

In the end I decided to live and work there for a year and although very hard for certain reasons I loved it.  It is one of the places that I miss most and that I would most like to go back to for a while, preferably during summer. 

Do you think the whole “ancestral” thing could be that strong that we feel like we belong there?  Or is it just because we were brought up on stories and pictures of the place?  My brother on the other hand feels no desire to visit?  (Maybe he is actually adopted like I kept teasing him when we were younger???)

Edinburgh from the Scott Monuement
Edinburgh from the Scott Monuement

 

 

EDITED TO ADD:

My sister just emailed me the weather report for Edinburgh for the weekend.  I think I would rather take our winter’s weekend then their summers. Brrrr.  They are forecast Rain, rain and yes, and more rain!