Travel Day, Scotland to Chicago

Early morning breakfast, on our last day in Edinburgh.

Looking towards our hotel, and Bedlam Theater.

A lot of logistics for us today. We fly out of Glasgow, so this meant driving the hour from Edinburgh to Glasglow, stopping to add petrol to the car, before then dropping it off at the airport.

At the airline counter, the woman who checked us in noted that we were just barely under the 72 hour requirement for our tests. “With 5 minutes to spare” were her words, which verified my suspicion we needed to really be specific about our test times, a few days ago.

The sad thing? Beyond the woman at the counter in Glasgow, no one else really asked to see our negative test results. Even on arriving in Chicago, no one looked at any of our paperwork (beyond our passports). Good for us I guess, but it left me feeling unnerved in terms of how many unvaccinated people are arriving at O’Hare on a daily/hourly basis, with no one really doing any kind of checks at all.

A cab ride later, we were home in Hyde Park. We left at 1:40 PM Scotland time, and landed around 7PM Chicago time (which for us was closer to 1AM Scotland time).

We got home to find things just as we had left them, both of us tired and ready for some takeaway and then straight to bed.

Scotland, Day 1: Driving to Glasgow, Dinner at The Butchershop
Scotland, Day 2: Auchentoshan Distillery, Kelvingrove Park, Dinner at Fanny Trollopes and Bon Accord
Scotland, Day 3: Glasgow Necropolis, Glasgow Cathedral, Tasting at Glen Goyne Distillery, Dinner at Stravaigin
Scotland, Day 4: Island Hopping to Isle of Arran, Lochranza Distillery, Isle of Islay, Late Arrival at Islay House
Scotland, Day 5: Bunnahabhain Distillery, Lagavulin Distillery, Dinner at Islay House
Scotland, Day 6: Bowmore Distillery, Bruichladdich Distillery, Isle of Jura, Jura Distillery
Scotland, Day 7: Travel Day, Dunchraigaig Cairn, Oban Distillery, Whisky Vaults
Scotland, Day 8: Travel to Inverness, Glencoe Valley, Loch Ness, Moments of Indecision, Drinks at the Malt Room
Scotland, Day 9: Victorian Market, Clava Cairns, Old High St. Steven’s, Malt Room Revisited
Scotland, Day 10: GlenDronach Distillery, a Late Dinner Panic, Arriving at Burnroy House in Archiestown
Scotland, Day 11: The Macallan, Aberlour Distillery, Anniversary Dinner at Dowans Hotel, and a Most Amazing Coincidence
Scotland, Day 12: Cairngorms National Park, Quad Biking through Rothiemurchus Estate, Cardhu Distillery, Strathisla Distillery, the Quaich Bar, Dinner at the Copper Dog
Scotland, Day 13: Knockando Woolmill, GlenAllachie Distillery, Craigellachie Bridge, Exploring the Grounds at Glen Grant Distillery, an Unexpected Visit to Elchies Estates, Dinner at Highlander Inn
Scotland, Day 14: Travel to Edinburgh, Glenturret Distillery, Dinner at the Devil’s Advocate
Scotland, Day 15: Pre-Travel Covid Testing, Drinks at Ensign Ewart Pub, Dinner at The Table
Scotland, Day 16: Hiding Out in the Hotel Room, Soup at Union of Genius, Cocktails at Panda and Sons, Kaleidoscope Bar at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Dinner at the Scran and Scallie
Scotland, Day 17: Wandering Edinburgh, Exploring Victoria Street, the Scotch Whisky Experience, a Return to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, a return to Devil’s Advocate

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