Our Victory Lap {Scotland Trip!}

Last week, Josh and I got back from our trip to the UK, which we happily called our “Victory Lap.”  Josh had his “Viva Voce” or something like that- essentially an oral defense of his PhD on the trinity.  Anyway, we lived in Aberdeen for 4 years, and while many church friends still reside there, most of our American friends have moved on for various reasons.  Thus, we split our time between Edinburgh, St. Andrews, and Aberdeen.  During our victory lap, I rode 10 planes, 2 trains, a couple cabs, and in a rental car which Josh drove, thankfully.  I don’t do stick at all, but definitely not on the left side of the road.

I don’t want to bore the 3 of you who read this with details you already know, so I’ll give a few captions here and there.  The important part can be summed up as follows:

  • Josh passed his Viva with minor corrections!!
  • The kids and we survived!
  • We had a wonderful trip and enjoyed every minute.

Edinburgh

We flew into Edinburgh and stayed with some sweet Scots we met while we both lived in Aberdeen.  We’ve both had a baby girl since seeing each other last, so it was even more fun getting to see their newest daughter, just a few months younger than our Lizzie.

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St. Andrew’s

From Edinburgh, we trained to St. Andrew’s to see Josh’s adviser who has changed jobs, but more importantly, to see some of our best friends from Aberdeen who also changed jobs to St. A.  I am sad I didn’t get more pictures of our friends there.  We had such a great time reuniting with several families in St. Andrew’s.

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THE Dr. Webster

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Our favorite Indian food…eating is a huge part of our lives, including our travel.

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Arbroath/Dunnottar Castle

We rented a car to drive to Aberdeen, so we could stop at Arbroath and our favorite castle, Dunnottar.

Why Arbroath, you ask?  Well, Josh needed a “smokie.”

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Dunnottar needs no explanation…

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Onto Aberdeen…

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The above pics are of Gilcomston South, our church we loved.  We were able to attend the Sunday we were there, and also have lunch with sweet friends.

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Old Aberdeen and the Uni

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Fun friends

Our minister, Dominic.

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I ran into a sweet friend just walking around!  I was regretting not having planned a visit with Michelle, then there she was!!

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Visiting American friends at my last flat for a play group.

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Dr. Malone!

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And, then 5 flights later, I came home to this!

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Comments

  1. Nana Phyllos says:

    Loved seeing the photos! Brought back wonderful memories of places and food! So thankful you could both go and that it was a great reunion with friends. More importantly you came home Dr. And Mrs. Dr. Malone!

  2. awesome!
    some great photos, too. thanks for posting! seeing some of those makes me miss Aberdeen, too. was it weird to be there without any kids?

  3. Andrea G says:

    Congratulations to Josh and to you! What BEAUTIFUL pictures and a fun get away for the two of you! We still haven’t left the kids for a week yet, but we should :) Miss you!

  4. What a great post!! Loved all the pics of your fun and very successful trip to Scotland! Your Dad and I are very proud of both you and Josh!! The summer of 2014 will long be remembered!

  5. Miss Mommy says:

    Thanks, Mom {and Dad}!

  6. Rachel Ann says:

    That’s so fun that you got to go back and visit! I enjoyed seeing your pictures and hearing about your trip!