So it's week six of the semester and I have so far managed to avoid the 5th floor west wing. Instead I spend some of my week working for the comfort (if not cold) of the CSU common room. Since i've been back in Edinburgh I've been contacting many of the schools which have links with schools in Malawi - sending out emails is not exactly difficult - or at least you may think that is the case! Sending the same email to multiple people became very complicated, but thanks to IT guidance I eventually managed to send them! One set of schools had automatic replies set up, some others had full inboxes and some sent me an email thanking me for emailing them!
I've also been arranging my pending visit to Sanday in Orkney! Now you might think travelling to a small island off the North East of Scotland, would not be particularly complicate! Not true! Sanday is one of the Northern Islands of The Orkney Islands - Getting there can be complicated or expensive. You can fly to Kirkwall for Edinburgh - if you want to pay using legs and arms - or you can get a combination or trains and ferries! Now I decided to go for the latter - train to Aberdeen, Ferry from Aberdeen to Kirkwall - or so I thought!
It's turned into getting the train from Edinburgh to Thurso, via Stirling and Inverness, then getting the ferry from Scrabster and Stromness! Now that may sound straight forward, but the logistics of three trains, a ferry and a bus just to get to Kirkwall is actually rather complicated! The reverse journey is just as complicated, but thankfully I only need to change train once! There is one benefit of sitting on a train for most of the journey - I won't be on a ferry for most of the night...
I've came to the conclusion planning a journey to the Orkney Isles is almost as complicated as getting to Malawi - just with trains rather than planes! So it may not always be a case of as the crow flies, but with my thermals packed, i'm ready to enjoy the train journey and look forward to spending time in Stromness (even if it is at a ridiculous time in the morning), Kirkwall and Sanday!