Playing Tourist in my Backyard!

At some point on exchange, you have to get out of the student village and explore the country you’ve traveled thousands of miles to study in. Lucky for me, Glasgow is perfectly situated to get pretty much anywhere in Scotland in about a day, making it perfect for weekend jaunts around the country.

Since I got here I’ve made it my goal to knock down all 10 of my guidebook’s “Scottish Top 10”. Touristy I know… but really, I don’t care! So far I’ve gotten to six (Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile, National Gallery of Scotland, Isle of Skye, Loch Ness and the Great Glen, Glencoe and Culzean Castle), only four more to go! [Side note, I’ve gotten many snide comments from other students/friends/etc about my intense desire to go to Loch Ness… All I gotta say is anyone who’s too cool to visit Loch Ness while in Scotland clearly doesn’t have their priorities in order! You’re here, it’s famous, you might as well see it!].

I’ve been lucky enough to spend the last four weekends exploring the country and it has been a blast! My parents were here to explore with me for the last two weeks. It was so nice to have a taste of home right before thanksgiving, thanks for visiting Mom and Dad!

Here are some photos of my travels:

Edinburgh – Edinburgh is BEAUTIFUL! I don’t say this lightly. It’s so beautiful I had to go twice! The first time I went, I got off the bus and it felt like I was in a storybook.

Being the rather independent person that I am, I spent my first weekend in Edinburgh alone at an amazing hostel called the Caledonian Backpackers. Hostels and I get along pretty well. I can sleep through pretty much anything and it’s always a great place to meet new friends. It was fun getting acquitted with the city on my own, the next time I came I was able to be a tour guide to my parents!


Isle of Skye – I fell in love, most gorgeous place on earth. I need to go back. The hiking was amazing! (As was the fish and chips, best I’ve tasted so far!)


Loch Ness and Glencoe – Look at the sun we had that day, amazing! [Note: it is very sunny in most of these photos, that is NOT the norm in Scotland. I had to wring out my clothes yesterday after my evening run.] Nessie came out to say hello… It was frightening.


Celtic Game – Okay, so this isn’t in my guide book’s top 10, but it should be! If you go to the UK, you need to go to a football game. The Celtic (not Celtics, I was corrected…) are one of Glasgow’s two home teams. It was such an exciting game (almost as good as hockey…) even though we lost!

This weekend I’m venturing onto the continent with my cousin Stephanie who’s come to visit for the week. We’ll be hitting Paris, Ghent, Bruges and Amsterdam… where I will be celebrating my 26th birthday! Expect many photos of our epic adventure as soon as I get back.

Bye for now!

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