Then today I get a call. "Can you come to Blanff" or some shit. It's an hour north of Aberdeen. I'd have to leave the day before because it takes five hours to get there. Two trains and a one hour bus journey. It's a five day case but they only needed me for one day.
I said I'd have to look at the logistics before I can make a decision. Then I looked. I would have done it were it not for the one hour bus thing. The problem is I never know where the right bus stop is and I never know what the right bus is. And if I get lost here, I'm going to end up stranded. There's probably one bus every two hours too. So...I mean...for one day? Forget it. I don't care how much you pay me.
Let's see how much I would have asked for, though. 10 hours of traveling...that's £210. Plus the actual work...probably another £200. Plus the cost of the ticket and the cost of the hotel but there's no profit in that. Plus I'd have to leave a day early so I'd charge £100 for a travel day. So...£500 for the two days. Not worth it. I get that much going to Edinburgh.
Might have been nice to check it out. See this little village. But...not worth getting stranded and eaten there.
I'm thinking of giving up on moving to Edinburgh. My new idea is Stirling. It's a central location to much of Scotland and only an hour from Glasgow. So I could still do jobs here without any problems. And Stirling to Edinburgh is about the same journey time as Glasgow to Edinburgh. It's slightly longer but just a few minutes. And I'd have, depending on train schedules, either easier or the same access to Fife. Also, easier access to the central belt towns (those between Glasgow and Edinburgh). And I'd have better access to northeast Scotland.
So I'm looking into it. Not many flats there but what is there is cheap. And it would be nice to live in a small town. So why not. Try it out. If I don't like it, I can move back.
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