Our First Week

Well, we’ve been here a week and it feels like a month.  We’ve had to just work as hard as we could to get some order in our lives.  We just got cable and internet yesterday so we feel connected to the world.  We bought a car over the weekend and they’ll deliver that to us tomorrow.  We found a church and went to a home group.

Waiting at the airport to go.  We left from Charlotte, arrived in London, and after being held up in customs made it to our flight to Edinburgh.
Waiting at the airport to go. We left from Charlotte, arrived in London, and after being held up in customs made it to our flight to Edinburgh.

Having a bank account is paramount to living here.  All of your bills must come out of your account by direct deposit (all utilities) which they take out on their own or by standing order (rent, cell phone) which you send out.  They don’t write checks.  So, you can see that we needed to have that account.

We did buy a Ford Focus in Edinburgh last Saturday.  The gas is more expensive here but their gas mileage is unbelievable.  We have rented a van for over a week driving  many miles, and we just got down to a quarter of a tank.  This new Focus gets 60 mpg!  I haven’t tried to drive yet but I guess I’ll start tomorrow.  I am nervous because the car is left side drive and a stick so you have to change gears with your left hand  then having to drive on the left side.  Watch out Scots- I’m on the road :-(

Here are some pictures of St. Andrews.  It is a neat town with a lot of character.  The streets are cobblestone and there are little alley cut-thrus between the main streets. You can see men in kilts playing bagpipes occasionally.

Downtown St. Andrews
Downtown St. Andrews
St. Andrews
St. Andrews

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Church downtown.
Church downtown

You may have heard about the Scottish vote for independence.  It is today so by the time you read this we’ll know the answer.  There are many YES and NO signs on cars, businesses, house windows, etc.  We saw a couple of men outside of a restaurant having a heated debate over it.  But, in proper British formality some of the signs say “YES please” and “NO thank you”.  No matter the outcome some people are going to unhappy.

Here are some pictures of Edinburgh (Ed-in-bur-o).  I don’t know why it’s pronounced like that.

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Lots more to write about but I’ll stop for now.  I’ll try to be more consistent now that I have internet at the house.  Please pray for us.  We had contact with the school (at our initiative) and they said they’d get back to us.  They still haven’t.   Maybe tomorrow?!

We love you all.

 

 

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