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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Going downtown to do some fly fishing

Inverness is really more of a big town than a city, but I think I have to call this one urban poetry anyway: fishing in the River Ness just downstream from the center of town. It doesn't get much more Scottish than that.

Yesterday the forecast was rain again, and again it was a beautiful day -- cloudier than it had been but still warmer and sunnier than I had any reason to expect. I took the Hop-on Hop-off bus because I hadn't done that yet and it was very funny. There really isn't very much in Inverness, and the bus basically criss-crossed the city, stopping four times within a few blocks of where we started. 

But it was clearly a day to be spent by the river, so I got off at the Ness Islands, a place where the river divides and a series of small islands are joined together with bridges and footpaths, making a very pretty park, and walked back to the center of town.

It's very hard to leave Scotland. I know I got lucky -- beyond lucky -- with the weather, but I love everything about this country. I'm already trying to figure out when I can come back.

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