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December 17th, 2014 at 11:51 am

And by "etc" I really just mean more trains.

Today started off well (after I eventually got back to sleep) Before we left I had put on a load of laundry and hung it up to dry. I also managed to put away other laundry - I see this as all very productive.

We left at 12 ish to get the bus to the train station: 3.00 spent.
Got two train tickets (kids under 5 are free):12.80 and got the train at 12.36 roughly.
We were in Edinburgh for one ish but we managed to get lost because I didn#t write down proper directions, just what buses we needed. Eventually we got the bus (3.00) You would think we were tourists because everything's changed since we were last there years ago.
SG's appointment went well. We were told we could claim travel expenses so we tried to find the building to go to. We walked there to find out it was closed. Then we realised that we spent all of our change on the bus to the hospital so we needed to get change. By that point we decided just to walk back to the train station. J needed fed and we needed a hot drink. We got one about forty minutes later in the starbucks next to the train station (9.xx)
We were literally right next to the station. We checked the board and seen that our train was leaving in two mins. We hurried to the platform, jumped on, and we were taking off our coats when the tannoy announced that it was going to Glasgow which is the opposite direction. And nowhere near home. We got off at the next stop and I was expecting to have to pay another train fare. We went to the waiting area and spoke to an advisor who wrote a note on the back of my ticket and told us the next train was due in a few mins which would take us back to Edinburgh. We'd gotten comfy when it was time to leave to catch the train (third one of the day) When we got to Edinburgh we had about ten mins to wait for our train. It thankfully showed up on time and I double checked with the conductor that it was actually our train.
It was after five by the time we got to our train station. And it was raining. We checked times and realised we'd missed one of our buses but not the other. Well it drove past us. It was at least another half hour before the next bus so we decided to walk. We were two bus stops away from home over half an hour later when the bus drove past. We got home at 6 and gave sg a quick bite to eat.
I'm so pleased that we had snacks with us. DH filled the bag with enough healthy snacks for sg to last the whole six hours and we had a litre bottle of diluted juice to drink.
I've decided to add in a misc/allowance category for all these coffees etc.

I came home to read on FB one of my friends ranting about how much she hates wrapping. My first thought: I'm in the Christmas spirit, and I was so pleased at myself for having most of it done.

I think that's all.

4 Responses to “Trains etc”

  1. Carol Says:

    Good for you for keeping your patience and Christmas spirit with that run around!

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Wow! What an adventure you had today.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    That is quite the trip! I'm not used to catching buses and trains, since we drive our van everywhere. I think all of that would have stressed me out.

  4. snafu Says:

    I'm not doing well with Empty Nest Syndrome so I very much appreciated your outline of today's adventures. I hope SG and J were mostly co operative. I admire your 'go forth and conquer spirit' and recall similar misadventures. Hope you sleep well as moms need good nights to revitalize for the next set of escapades.

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