Day 593: A spot of bother

Whenever I start something different — a trip, a job change, anything new at all — I often start out with some disappointment.

I’m not sure why I get bothered by change, that way. Maybe I’m …

  • anxious,
  • stressed out,
  • cranky
  • expecting too much,  or
  • fearful that any change might be a mistake, making things worse.

These days, at least,  I know enough to EXPECT this  reaction from myself. So, I’m ready for a spot of bother, when I’m starting something new, and I recover from it, more quickly.

Today, my 16-year-old son and I flew from Boston USA to Edinburgh, Scotland (via Philadelphia PA) for a six-day stay at the Fringe Festival.

Sure enough, when we got to our hotel, I felt that old, familiar disappointment.  I think I was bothered, because it wasn’t the familiar place we stayed in, last year. Now, that change was deliberate; we WANTED something new.  I knew to expect difference, going in. Nevertheless, when we made our way to our new hotel, I felt a strong sense of nostalgia, for our experience last year.

Well, the hotel last year DID have an AMAZING view, of Edinburgh Castle.


You can’t beat that, can you?

Today, after my son and I  found out that our hotel room wasn’t ready, we walked around Edinburgh, trying to experience the old and the new, including lots of people attending the Fringe Festival.  I did take some photos but — I’ll warn you —  they’re not that great.  I was jet lagged and my son gets cranky, sometimes, when I stop to take pictures.

However, maybe some of these images are good enough, for now.


That’s a photo I took from the new tram system in Edinburgh, which brought us from the airport to our hotel.

Oooops! I just got a message, on my laptop, saying that I was about to exceed my data transfer limit for my internet access in the hotel

Yikes!  I’d better find out what I can do about that.

I may very well  be disappointed about internet access here, especially if I compare that data transfer limit to every other hotel I’ve blogged from, since January 1, 2013.

It’s a good thing I committed to posting only one photo a day here, from Edinburgh.

Here’s the photo I definitely wanted to show you, today:




Hmmm. I’m not sure if that image is even showing up here. If you can’t see it, it’s a photo I took on the plane, of the book I’m reading.

A Spot of Bother,” by Mark Haddon.

So far, I LOVE it.

Thanks to Mark Haddon, to my son, to the good people of Edinburgh, to those who are on the fringe, to people who do their best to let go of disappointment and unhelpful comparisons, to friends old and new,  and to you — of course! — for taking the bother to be here, today.

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23 thoughts on “Day 593: A spot of bother

  1. Wow, that really is an awesome view. I am jealous. Hope you have a great time on your trip. 🙂

  2. I heard that a recent study in the UK found out that people who had low expectations and then were pleasantly surprised were the happiest. May Edinburgh give you lots of unexpected surprises Ann
    I’ve not been on the tram yet … what a great new way to get from the airport!
    I love Mark Haddon’s books. This is a good one 🙂
    So lovely to hear from you … now that’s a pleasant surprise!

    I’m imagining you and Aaron walking around Edinburgh …


    Val x

    • Your imagination was very tuned in to reality, Val, as I would expect. No disappointment there! Great to have you with us here, in spirit.

  3. findingmyinnercourage

    Thank you for taking you with us! The view is beautiful. Here’s to lots of unexpected surprises without being bothered with changes on your trip. Most importantly have fun.

  4. When you arrive in a foreign country and your hotel room isn’t ready, and then you reach your internet data limit on your first blog post and … well, I’m agreeing with your spot of bother Ann. Yeesh. I love your big wheel photo from the tram, and look forward to your one photo a day from over there, my friend. Please tell Aaron that I ask him very nicely to allow you to take pictures to that I may enjoy more here upon your return to the U.S. Now here’s to hunting puns and non-sequiters, too, even in different places or on at breakfast time.

    • Actually, Mark, the photo I took today that gave Aaron a spot of bother (because he had walked on without realizing that I had stopped) was … a pun! I’m sure I’ll be posting that soon. Here’s to your support and your always faithful reading.

  5. Beautiful view. As for change, I LOVE change, as long as its me that decided to make the change. When its thrust upon me I am not a happy camper. Enjoy the rest of your trip.

    • That IS a huge difference, Bradley, isn’t it: a change you have chosen vs. one where you have not had the choice or control. I hear that from SO many people. Thanks for this helpful comment.

  6. In the Stillness of Willow Hill

    I dont’ know what a fringe festival is…..but I’m guessing it’s a very exciting event for you to travel that far. Traveling is definitely and exciting change…….and always a bother. We all love our comfort zone. Stepping outside the familiar almost always results in wondrous surprises, however. I wish you days of serendipity!

    • The Fringe Festival is a yearly festival in Edinburgh, during the month of August, which includes music, comedy, theater, performances … so many things to choose from! It’s wonderful. Thanks so much for this insightful, helpful, and kind comment.

      • In the Stillness of Willow Hill

        Oh, thank you. I was once in Scotland for the Tattoo in Edinburgh. I believe that was August as well. Stunning.

      • The Tattoo IS in August. As a matter of fact, it was tonight! I really must go to that someday.

  7. This brings back memories to me. My son and I spent New Year’s eve in Edinburgh 2012 (for New Year 2013). The city, to put it simply, was “booked out”. We paid some exorbitant price online for what could politely be called somewhat “disappointing”. Nevertheless we made the most of the city itself and the festivities and had a great time.

    • Thanks for this helpful memory, Elizabeth. I am going to let this inspire me to make the most of things and to have a great time, today.

  8. I really loved Mark Haddon’s Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, so I look forward to this one. Enjoy the Festival.

  9. I hope the disappointment passes quickly, and that you are able to get in the groove of enjoying your time there. 🙂

  10. WOW on that view!

    I can relate on a grand level too. 😉
    When we went to Boston to catch the Red Sox – we stayed at the Hotel Commonwealth.
    We had a room with a view of Fenway Park.
    On our last trip – HC was full & we ended up at the Marriott.
    Not a bad place to stay at. But – after having been at HC…

    Enjoy your trip!

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