Saturday, May 08, 2010

In Which the Author Realises One of her Life Dreams

It was exactly a week after Papa had died that I found myself back in Edinburgh. One of my college pals  was visiting Scotland and it was time to check out the capital city. Coincidentally, it was also the day I was scheduled to run a 3pm tour. My very first!

We got into Edinburgh early enough and as per my friend's request, we headed right for the castle where we wandered around for a few hours. I was both excited and nervous about the tour; I knew my script and had rehearsed it well. Whether or not I succeeded would depend on so many factors that were totally out of my control. Heck, at around 2:50 pm I was wondering if I would even get to run the tour since no one had showed up to the starting point.

Thankfully, there were a bunch of last minute shows and my first tour ran with a decent 14 tourists who thankfully were a nice and happy lot. My knees were knocking together so loudly during the introduction and I was so sure that everyone around could hear them as well! Still, the knees and my thumping heart both settled down soon enough to allow me to continue on with the tour with (hardly) any incident!

There was a nice round of applause at the end which led me to believe that they had enjoyed being on the tour just as much as I had enjoyed running it. The healthy tips that were thrust into my hands as I bid them farewell cemented the fact that tour #1 had indeed been a roaring success.

Time to check off another of the boxes on my bucket list!

4 comments:

Wandering Wynie said...

Pure Dead Brilliant! Well done- if I'm ever in Edinburgh I'll look for you and I shall inform friends that they HAVE to go on your tour- no exceptions! Hooray :D

Amber said...

Yeah! Congrats!

Anonymous said...

Wow, do you get to keep the sign?

Yippeeee...have fun.
PP

The Pixy Princess said...

Wynie, thanks for the recco.... keep 'em coming! ;)

PP, lol... no. Its just for the start of the tour to attract the tourists really!

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