In our quest to find an apartment for the next six months, we received both good news and bad news. The good news is that we found a perfect flat right on High Street, the main street in Perth, with a window in every room except the bathroom. It is on the top floor, three floors up a spiral staircase. The apartment is an incredible find – it is airy and comfortable with every convenience located within blocks.
The bad news is that the apartment will not be available for us to move in prior to July 27. This is why we have set off for three straight weeks of touring. We just left Edinburgh and rode the motorcoach for the ninety minute ride into Glasgow for a week. Our to-do list in Glasgow is much less than it was in Edinburgh. We will be content to pick a few must-see items and take the pace a bit easier.
There is a beautiful city library just around the corner from our hostel decked out with modern conveniences inside a classic Greek-style building. It is a comfortable setting and there is even a café near the entrance. It is a break from the noise and scarcity of electrical outlets at the hostel which I need to keep my laptop charged.
When I inquired at the library desk about accessing their free Wi-Fi network, they went even further and granted me a temporary library card even though I am a guest in the city for only a week. Amazing! By gosh, I love Scotland!
Before we left Edinburgh, I made a quick stop at the local dollar store (The Pound Stretcher) to grab some mints (and gummy bears), and the manager asked if I was enjoying Edinburgh.
I said, “I love Edinburgh! And now we are on our way to Glasgow.”
He replied, “Watch your wallet.”
I laughed and asked, “Isn’t that good advice for any city?” He agreed that was true. I added, “I will say the Scottish people have been incredibly kind and gracious everywhere we have been.”
He replied with a wink, “We are always good to visitors. We just do not treat our own people so well.”
I cannot say whether or not that is true. I only know we have felt welcome wherever we have traveled. And we are looking forward to calling Perth home for the next six months.