I love bus tours, especially when your guide is an old Scottish man who is at least 65+ years old and wears a scottish cap. Eddie, our guide, was so energetic and throughout our day filled our drives in between sites with interesting Scottish history facts, music, and an occasional joke.
The day started off at Doune Castle. The morning weather was ideal, blue skies with a crisp fall breeze that reminded me of Blacksburg, VA on a fall football game day. We had great views of this castle which dated back to the late 14th century and a lovely winding creek added to the charm of the area. From there we ventured to many other Scottish towns and Kilchurn Castle, enjoying the picturesque countryside from the comforts of our mini bus. To be honest, the day was perfect, or as perfect as one can hope for! A lunchtime shower added to the day which provoked a rainbow to peak out from behind the clouds. A few times I had to think to myself, "Do I really live here?" This concept of living in Scotland hasn't really set in, especially when my breath is taken away by everyday beauty of the countryside that surrounds me.
One of my favorite parts of the trip were getting to see scottish highland cows. They are so cute, and honestly make me want to have a farm where I can keep one as a pet. The baby calves are the cutest because of their blonde hair, and I can't wait to see them again on my next trip out of the city!
Another highlight of the trip was getting to see Loch Lomond. Now for those of you who have never been to Scotland, lakes are called lochs, and loch Lamond is one of the most beautiful lochs I have seen. The Scotts loved it so much they wrote a famous song dedicated to the loch, and I recommend this area to anyone visiting Scotland!
So now for a change of pace:
When I started this blog I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to document my travels, and to start writing. Since I have been here, I have noticed that I have been thinking on a much larger scale about life in general. Maybe it's because I have a lot more free time to focus on me, instead of running around trying to catch up with all of the wonderful people I had in my previous life. And that's how it's feels sometimes, like I had this whole other life on the other side of the world, and I just picked up and left.
So with that said, I have decided I am going to write about life lessons I am learning while I am here. Lets face it, this transition was not just to experience a different job or culture, but to test myself to see if I am truly the person I want to be. I had a great life back in Virginia; a good job, wonderful friends, a supportive family, but something felt like it was missing. I think that's why I did this. I mean moving 3500 miles away from what is normal to a place where you've never been and don't know a soul can be categorized as a little crazy. But I pride myself in being a little crazy now and then. For once in a very long time I feel a bit bewildered, in a good way. I think facing life in your late 20's can be a challenge when you doing it on your own. Yes, we all have friends and family that support us, but to be single and independent is rare these days. I think that too many of us fall into a comfort zone that we are afraid to get out of. And then before you know it, years have gone by and you are wondering, is this where I am suppose to be. And to be honest, I ask myself that question every day. And I don't know the answer, but I know one thing, that I am trying to find out and to gain a sense of understanding of how this little thing called life works. A good friend of mine once said that to let go is one of the best things you can do, and that people will come in and out of your life and you have to learn to enjoy the times you have with them and live in the present. I think that living in the present is going to be a goal of mine while I am here. Too often I find myself reminiscing about college life, fun times back in Richmond, or looking ahead to a new trip or for my next beau. I want to really enjoy the ride and not think about what's next for a while. Being here in a new fresh environment is helping me to start enjoying the present. So enough of that little tangent, I think that's something to sleep on for the night. Live in the present, something that sounds so simple yet how many of us truly do this day to day! Until next time I'll see you on the internet.