Scotland my love!

In which we discover all the reasons why Scotland is my future home.

I spent the past couple of days in Scotland and OH MY GOODNESS it was fantastic. 

First of all, we both want to thank my big brother Josh for encouraging (perhaps not quite strong enough of a word) us to visit Scotland. Edinburgh is a dream. I really cannot process how much history and architecture and just pure awesome is contained within every single block. Rebecca, my travel buddy, is determined to move here. I may or may not have to join her.
We stayed with an old friend of my parents and they  took wonderful care of us. Their apartment (basically one fourth of a  house) is much larger than an average European dwelling so we felt quite like princesses.
Edinburgh’s main touristy things are all located in a very condensed area called the royal mile. On one end of the mile is a grand castle (inhabited by James I and other kinda important people) and on the other end is a royal palace that is still being used by the queen today.
I really enjoyed visiting the palace. We walked through the bed quarters of Mary Queen of Scots and toured the room where she watched her husband murder her friend and alleged suitor David Riccio. We had a lovely time walking around the palace. We even found a kids activity room with Elizabethan era dress up clothes. No one was looking, so of course we tried them on.
So far two things have impressed me the most about Scotland:
  1. The Language
Scottish accents are a real thing guys! They sound lovely but can be very tough to understand. It doesn’t help that they seem particularly keen on using colloquliasims. Cows are called coos and mashed potatoes are called matties. Sometimes I feel like I am listening to another language, or at least another dialect.
  1. The Setting
As we drove through the countryside to a small seaside village for fish and chips, I was astounded to see how much history is melded into the everyday lives of the Scottish. The roads are lined with stone walls and hedges that could very well be over 500 years old (Isaiah Higgins claims that a lot of the stone walls in Scotland are over a thousand years old). In America a chunk of stones off one of those walls would be sitting behind glass in a museum. Here they are still being used to keep sheep off the road. We drove by an uncountable number of fantastic stone houses. I’m no expert, but some looked definitively 18th century and quite a few looked a whole lot older than that. These houses are not museums or monuments; they are still being used to hold ordinary Scottish families today. GASP!
Between gaping at century old abbey ruins, wandering down narrow streets dotted with glorious cathedrals, and hiking through the Pentlands over hills and streams coated with sheep and an occasional forest, I can start to see why so much literary genius came out of this country. My oh my, after just two days of walking around I feel the urge to write a poem.
Have a glorious day!
Much love,
Susanna

Author: Susanna

I'm Susanna, a 20-year-old Christian girl incorrigibly addicted spontaneous adventures. My first dream was to become a pioneer. Unfortunately, I was born a couple centuries late, so I've decided to read, cook, run, and travel the world until my time machine is finished. You'll mostly likely find me getting into trouble and/or eating licorice. I am currently blogging the misadventures of a middle-school teacher in training. Come join me on my quest to become the next Ms. Frizzle!

4 thoughts on “Scotland my love!”

  1. TAKE ME WITH YOU!! Reading this is making me so HUNGRY for some place new and very far from North America, haha. The sights, the sounds…the languages and the people! (please go write a poem! And share!!)

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  2. Scottish accents are amazing! I love accents in general. There are several exchange students where I live and I talk to them a lot; sometimes, it's hard to understand what they are saying but it is something that can be get used to. The landscape sounds amazing! All that's here where I live are mountains, and though I love them to the moon and the stars, it can be tiring at times.

    xoxo Morning

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  3. Thanks Olivia! I wish I could bring everyone with me! Traveling is expensive, but worth every penny. I hope you can work it out to go on an adventure very soon.

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  4. Accents are really fun. It is also fun to be in a place where YOU have the funny accent vs. meeting British people in the US where THEIR accent stick out.

    I am a mountain girl in my heart of hearts. At least you have geographic beauty around you! Some people live in dreary places. Still, no matter how fantastic mountains are, it is always nice to move around every once in a while, breath a different kind of air.

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