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Sunday, 20/Apr/2008

Return from Islay

Somehow this about sums it up: Yesterday afternoon I left Islay in the sunshine. This morning I left Scotland in the sunshine. This evening I returned to Reading in pouring rain (and I think I still detected a bit of the Euro-Whiff after all that fresh air on Islay).

It's too late to write much today and to select many pictures for a first overview of the Islay walking week 2008, but here's at least one I quickly picked for this evening:

Picture of a group of walkers resting on the top of a hill looking over a sound to another island (from Islay to Jura)

In short: It was a fantastic week. I can't remember the exact numbers, but it was another record week in the number of walks completed. I met many old friends and got to meet a lot of new people I hope to see again. While most of the walkers were from the UK there were also visitors from Canada (even though she was born on Islay), Austria (well, kind of, similar to me she has lived in the UK for a very long time) and the Netherlands. We had almost perfect weather, only one walk was completed under clouds and a very cold wind. We walked on three islands, Islay, Jura and Colonsay (which is also the reason I picked the picture above).

Now it's back to the grind of every day life and work. But going through the pictures from Islay, Jura and Colonsay over the coming weeks and months will remind me of a great time and tide me over until the next visit to Islay.

I'm off to bed now, more tomorrow.

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