At the end of the last blog, John and I had begun doing weekly video chats on Sundays and sometimes Saturdays as well. This was happening during what he refers to as his "hibernation."
Every year in Glasgow (and a lot of Scotland to say nothing of the UK in general) it's rather gloomy, rains a lot, sometimes snows and is generally dreich. He doesn't mind cold temperatures so much; but John is a huge fan of blue skies and sun. Interesting for a guy who has spent his whole life in Scotland, but then maybe that has contributed to it.
Anyway as he says, he goes into hibernation during the winter months because he's not inspired or drawn by sunny days to go out. His ventures out during our early months of video chatting were mainly for groceries, etc., not adventures which would have also been greatly hampered by the lockdowns they experienced as well.
Once the weather started to shift in February he started making trips to Victoria Park which is very near him in Glasgow's west end. It's a beautiful park with many areas including several ponds and a lot of water fowl including swans. Thankfully the swans there are aware that humans are friends and often bring food. For the most part, they are not aggressive and seemed to enjoy posing for the camera.
At some point, and neither of us can remember the when or where, John decided he wanted to "take me along" on one of his adventures via a video chat. That's when the six-hour time difference actually worked for us. I would get up extra early so to be ready for work by 8 but since I didn't have to leave until 8:30, we would have a nice amount of time for him to call and do a video chat from wherever he was on that day. Of course, on the weekends we had a little more leeway.
We both have really have loved those video chat trips. It has been a combination of a few places that Wendy, my sister, and I actually went on our trip, but didn't get to explore as thoroughly, and lots of places entirely new to me.
Wendy and I did have a good amount of time the day we were in Edinburgh and could have seen more if we had chosen to take the later bus back to our hotel. However, we did not know how near we were to so many things I am aware of now. An opportunity was missed for us when we were in the country but John has certainly helped to make up for that by taking me via video to many of those places.
Our video chats have not been limited to places included in our trip itinerary, Glasgow, Edinburgh Saint Andrews and Glen Coe. He also introduced me to Stirling, the wee village of Luss, cruising on Loch Lomond, Oban, Culross (where some of the filming of Outlander took place), and Alloway, birthplace of Robert Burns. Of course the exploration in both Glasgow and Edinburgh has been much more extensive than what I saw first-hand.
Interestingly, some of those places John had either never been to before or it had been many years ago. He said he felt somewhat compelled to go as it seemed "wrong" that this woman from Kansas had been there but he, a native, had not.
Side note: he's also never been to Ireland. However he has been checking out the fact that flights from Glasgow to Ireland are not only short but cheap for the most part. So Dublin, for sure, is coming up in probably another six weeks or so. He's also going to do some more researching on where exactly he could get to in Ireland as it's not a large country but he would be dependent on whatever public transportation is available. I am no help with that since I was on a tour bus I have no idea about that, but I digress.
The video explorations continued through late fall of 2021 but went on hiatus for a very good reason then, which will be explained later. As will what else was happening besides video chats, coming in the next blog. I'll include a little video I put together with Magisto that gives a peek into those video* adventures. Click on the photo below. *Note: anything but HD. Still deciding how much I want to spend on my hobby/passion. :-)