Hello! I have completed my first official day of travel and it has been long and overwhelming but mainly amazing. Here are some of the highlights.
These first two are from our morning excursion to Edinburgh Castle, which is one of the most incredible sights I’ve ever seen. It emobidies all of the best qualities of Scotland that Robert Burns praises in “Address to Edinburgh” such as architecture, learning, and bravery.
After the castle and shopping, we ate at The Garden, and I had a bougie moment with my drink. I ordered a burger and “chips,” and it was a fantastic meal.
Yea, I did order a second coffee at 4pm. I needed it to deal with keeping track of my rambunctious mini-group. 😊 It was not the wisest choice, a fact I will keep in mind moving forward. I will say, Starbucks coconut milk is much heavier on the coconut here. This is a long view of the theater we visited to see a comedy show. The group, “Men With Coconuts,” performed an improv sketch. I wouldn’t call myself an improv novice, but some of the material was a little outside my comfort zone so I didn’t enjoy the show as much as the rest of my group. After the show I just went back to my room and stayed in for the night.
As fun as it was to see historic sights, buy trinkets, and crash about town, the most amazing part of the day was the evening realization that I am now virtually self-sufficient on another continent. It’s true that I was independent in my school dorm last year, but that was ten minutes from my house, so I had a safety net in case of emergency. This is a whole new level of independence and freedom. I’ve only just scratched the surface. I said in my last post that I’m not obligated to anyone but myself for those three months. That’s true on one level, but it neglects the reality that I’m traveling with 21 other people, and this is an opportunity to enhance my skills of teamwork and community building. Overall, it was a terrific start to a long and amazing journey. Bon Voyage! 🏴 E