03.15.19 | Tobermory, Scotland | 19:46
My Airbnb is huge! I didn’t realize when I was booking it that it actually sleeps 6+ people! That’s just on this end of the house too. The familly owns the other side of the house- but they keep the door between the residence and the Airbnb locked- so it’s like I have my own place. Wanna know the coolest part of this house? It has a washer/dryer combo… as in- it’s ONE machine that washes and dries your clothes! My mind is blown! Get with the times, United States of America! I plan on using it tonight!
When I woke this morning, it looked like it was going to be a sunny day. By the time I walked down the hill into the town, I had to duck into a restaurant to get out of the rain. Since I was there, I ordered some breakfast in order to wait out the storm. Soon, the sun crept out from the clouds and it looked like the rain was done.
I walked up to Argyle Street and explored some more of the town. I wasn’t walking long before I saw some thick clouds rolling in, and so I made my way back to the Airbnb. As I was almost there, it started to hail. My plans changed and I decided to wait it out.
I stayed at the house for the rest of the morning- the weather today is so funny! Mother Nature isn’t committing to rain or sunshine. It’ll be sunny for about 20 minutes, then it will hale/rain for about 10-15 minutes. Then the sun will come out again, and it feels like a perfect spring day. After about two hours of trying to nap, I decided that it was time to go for a walk, rain or shine.
I checked my AllTrails app to look for a place to hike, and found one that was about three miles round-trip. I thought this would be perfect. I stoped by the Tobermory Handmade Chocolate Company for a quick hot chocolate, then I was off to find the Tobermory Lighthouse.
On my way back into town, I stopped by a war memorial. There were a few last names I recognized from my own Scottish ancestory, but I’m not sure if there is a connection or not. Someday, I’d love to figure it all out! It would be great to find a distant relative over here!
Before I left town, I got a message from the owner of tomorrow’s Airbnb. So- months ago, when I was learning about Iona, I was intrigued. Iona, which is a small island off the coast of Mull, is considered by many, to be sacred ground. I was so excited that I found a place to stay, that I didn’t go in to read all the details of what I was getting myself in to.
The message from the owner reminded me to bring all my own provisions because the “pod” I’m staying in is more-or-less camping. That’s right- I’m staying tonight in a less-than-desirable lodging. The reason I have brought my own provisions is that the only store on the island doesn’t open for the season until March 26th. Let the lesson be learned: Read the fine print before you purchase your Airbnb.
For this reason, I went to the Co-Op (the local grocery store) in town and got some groceries. Since I don’t think I’ll have any kind of refrigerator, for the next two days I’ll be living off the following items: bread, peanut butter, Nutella, cookies, chips, Coca-Cola, and two liters of water. This is either going to be really cool, or really, really not cool.