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Old 07-20-2012, 08:14 PM   #91
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Scotland <3

I am desperate to go on the Scotland abd. However, I have no one to go with and they charge an arm and a leg extra to go alone
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Old 07-20-2012, 11:11 PM   #92
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Any recommendations? I was thinking of getting Scotland, A Concise History and Culture Smart! Scotland.
I have the MacLean book and, if I remember correctly, it's a pretty good intro to Scottish history. Don't know about the Culture Smart, book. The Johnson Boswell book is a classic and a pretty fun read. When I took my Stanford Alumni cruise through the Western Isles that was one of the required reading books (as was Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson, which would also be a great choice and one I was surprised wasn't on the list). I also loved the Sea Room, but that is probably because I've been to the Shiant islands, which are the subject of the book. I was trying to post a picture, but couldn't figure it out. I just noticed that Waverly (by Sir Walter) is on there--glad they didn't completely miss him. If you want to read historical fiction classics, I'd recommend Nigel Tranter The Wallace or The Bruce trilogy.
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Old 07-21-2012, 08:50 AM   #93
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I am desperate to go on the Scotland abd. However, I have no one to go with and they charge an arm and a leg extra to go alone
Hi SnowhiteHeather Yeah, I saw the charge for solos was pretty steep I know someone else on this thread, 2BNDisney, is going solo. I also distinctly remember reading a post somewhere on the ABD boards where somene was asking if there was another solo traveler that might want to room together on a trip. I don't remember who it was or what trip it was for though If you are up for it, I would post a thread on ABD and in the Solo travlers section of the DIS to see if someone might want to room with you. Back when I was showing dogs everyone used to do that on the show dog message boards. It was always cheaper to travel together and share the expenses than going solo. I made some really great lifelong friends that way too

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I have the MacLean book and, if I remember correctly, it's a pretty good intro to Scottish history. Don't know about the Culture Smart, book. The Johnson Boswell book is a classic and a pretty fun read. When I took my Stanford Alumni cruise through the Western Isles that was one of the required reading books (as was Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson, which would also be a great choice and one I was surprised wasn't on the list). I also loved the Sea Room, but that is probably because I've been to the Shiant islands, which are the subject of the book. I was trying to post a picture, but couldn't figure it out. I just noticed that Waverly (by Sir Walter) is on there--glad they didn't completely miss him. If you want to read historical fiction classics, I'd recommend Nigel Tranter The Wallace or The Bruce trilogy.
Thank you for the suggestions I think I will pick up the Johnson/Boswell book as well with the ones I'm getting right off the bat. I will look into the others as well. Hopefully reading will channel some excess energy and tone down my obsession for this trip Putting our entire itinerary up on Pinterest helped but I find myself counting the days to August 2013 again

Oh and for the other Diana Gabaldon/Outlander fans here in case you haven't heard. Sony pictures tv has bought the rights to the Outlander series and Ron Moore will be adapting it into a cable tv series. I'm torn between feeling YAY FINALLY and OMG please don't RUIN the BEST series I've ever read. If they do it like they did Game of Thrones, it should be ok. If they do it like they did True Blood/Sookie Stackhouse series I think I will be sick
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Old 07-21-2012, 11:04 AM   #94
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I'm torn between feeling YAY FINALLY and OMG please don't RUIN the BEST series I've ever read. If they do it like they did Game of Thrones, it should be ok. If they do it like they did True Blood/Sookie Stackhouse series I think I will be sick
Completely ditto for me--with same examples. I absolutely love GOT, but only the first season of TB worked for me. Wonder who they will get to play Jamie. Need a bigger Kevin McKidd.
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Old 07-21-2012, 03:44 PM   #95
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Completely ditto for me--with same examples. I absolutely love GOT, but only the first season of TB worked for me. Wonder who they will get to play Jamie. Need a bigger Kevin McKidd.
If he can nail the accent, I'm thinking Chris Hemsworth (Thor) with red hair and a kilt He's tall, long straight nose, wide mouth and has got the blue "cat eyes." To keep this on topic ... So what are the chances of falling 200 years back though time when we visit the Callanish Standing stones and running into Jamie Fraser? This is Disney after all. I'm sure imagineering could come up with something
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Travel cameras

I was wondering if anyone is planning on getting a new camera specifically for this trip or if they already have the perfect camera. If so, what are you thinking of getting and why or what do you have and what makes it awesome?

I will be looking for a new camera for this trip. I haven't bought a new camera in years and I'm sure the technology has changed. I am definitely not a photographer and don't know much about cameras so I wanted to see what do others like and why. I will be sticking with a point and shoot for sure though.
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If he can nail the accent, I'm thinking Chris Hemsworth (Thor) with red hair and a kilt He's tall, long straight nose, wide mouth and has got the blue "cat eyes." To keep this on topic ... So what are the chances of falling 200 years back though time when we visit the Callanish Standing stones and running into Jamie Fraser? This is Disney after all. I'm sure imagineering could come up with something
I'm fine with Thor in anything--the only issue is the ginger hair

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I was wondering if anyone is planning on getting a new camera specifically for this trip or if they already have the perfect camera. If so, what are you thinking of getting and why or what do you have and what makes it awesome?
I have this camera and really like it: http://www.amazon.com/Canon-PowerSho...rds=cannon+s95 It's not cheap, but it takes great pics and is easy to tote around everywhere.
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I was wondering if anyone is planning on getting a new camera specifically for this trip or if they already have the perfect camera. If so, what are you thinking of getting and why or what do you have and what makes it awesome?

I will be looking for a new camera for this trip. I haven't bought a new camera in years and I'm sure the technology has changed. I am definitely not a photographer and don't know much about cameras so I wanted to see what do others like and why. I will be sticking with a point and shoot for sure though.
I have a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5. I absolutely, positively LOVE it! The Panasonic Lumix DMC cameras all have Leica lenses, a 10x optical zoom and image stabilization. And they take fabulous pictures. I have lots of people think I've used a large, expensive camera to take my pictures. You can use it as purely a point-and-shoot, or play around with "scene" settings. The current model (Panasonic comes out with a new one at least every other year) is the DMC-ZS20.

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Old 07-21-2012, 07:35 PM   #99
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I have this camera and really like it: http://www.amazon.com/Canon-PowerSho...rds=cannon+s95 It's not cheap, but it takes great pics and is easy to tote around everywhere.
You and me both! Well it's easy enough to dye his hair for the role.

I have heard great things about that one. I understand it does really well in low light too. It's on my list of cameras to compare.

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I have a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5. I absolutely, positively LOVE it! The Panasonic Lumix DMC cameras all have Leica lenses, a 10x optical zoom and image stabilization. And they take fabulous pictures. I have lots of people think I've used a large, expensive camera to take my pictures. You can use it as purely a point-and-shoot, or play around with "scene" settings. The current model (Panasonic comes out with a new one at least every other year) is the DMC-ZS20.

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Thank you for the suggestion! I will look into that one too. I'm thinking that if I can figure out which camera I want before Christmas and delivers then I will have plenty of time to figure out how to use it before the trip
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Old 07-21-2012, 11:20 PM   #100
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Sorry I am no good at this quote thing...I am new at this
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Old 07-21-2012, 11:21 PM   #101
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Hi SnowhiteHeather Yeah, I saw the charge for solos was pretty steep I know someone else on this thread, 2BNDisney, is going solo. I also distinctly remember reading a post somewhere on the ABD boards where somene was asking if there was another solo traveler that might want to room together on a trip. I don't remember who it was or what trip it was for though If you are up for it, I would post a thread on ABD and in the Solo travlers section of the DIS to see if someone might want to room with you. Back when I was showing dogs everyone used to do that on the show dog message boards. It was always cheaper to travel together and share the expenses than going solo. I made some really great lifelong friends that way too

Thanks so much! I thought that might be a good idea! However, I think I'm going to wait until 2014, to make sure I save enough money to blow...and now I cant decide on the Scotland trip or Ireland trip. But it would be great to find another solo traveler to room with! I think its possible now that I have an extra year to do so. Thanks again!
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Old 07-22-2012, 11:55 AM   #102
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Thanks so much! I thought that might be a good idea! However, I think I'm going to wait until 2014, to make sure I save enough money to blow...and now I cant decide on the Scotland trip or Ireland trip. But it would be great to find another solo traveler to room with! I think its possible now that I have an extra year to do so. Thanks again!
You're welcome. On the upside if you decide on Ireland there are trip reports already made from previous travelers to give you an idea on what it is like. By 2014 you will have trip reports from those of us on here to give you an idea what the Scotland ABD was like Best of luck!

It took me a while to learn about the whole quoting thing too. If you look at the post you want to reply to and click the word quote (bottom right of each post) on that post your reply box will pop up with the quote for that post. To multi quote, you click the "quotation mark" (in the box next to the word quote) for each post you want to reply to. It will highlight the box. When you are done highlight/clicking all the posts you want to reply to, scroll to the bottom of the page, left side and click on the "post reply" button. Then your reply box will pop up with all of the quotes you clicked/highlighted the "quotation mark" with. Hope this helps
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You're welcome. On the upside if you decide on Ireland there are trip reports already made from previous travelers to give you an idea on what it is like. By 2014 you will have trip reports from those of us on here to give you an idea what the Scotland ABD was like Best of luck!

It took me a while to learn about the whole quoting thing too. If you look at the post you want to reply to and click the word quote (bottom right of each post) on that post your reply box will pop up with the quote for that post. To multi quote, you click the "quotation mark" (in the box next to the word quote) for each post you want to reply to. It will highlight the box. When you are done highlight/clicking all the posts you want to reply to, scroll to the bottom of the page, left side and click on the "post reply" button. Then your reply box will pop up with all of the quotes you clicked/highlighted the "quotation mark" with. Hope this helps
I finally figured out the quote thing! I have read two amazing stories about Ireland and it sounds really awesome, and I can't wait two hear about Scotland!
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I finally figured out the quote thing! I have read two amazing stories about Ireland and it sounds really awesome, and I can't wait two hear about Scotland!
Well done! The next head scratcher until you get the hang of it, is how to post pictures

I'd like to do Ireland too one day! I read some great TR's here. I'm glad there will be several ABD Scotland trips before mine. I'm looking forward to the feedback!
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can't wait

Will be on the Sep 15, 2013 - Sep 23, 2013 trip . Can't wait .
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