Scotty, I’ll Miss You By Katie Hollemans

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No words could have prepared me for the scenic views that construct Scotland. Everywhere you look there are cliffs, rolling hills, castles aligning the distance, and all look like an image from a Hollywood film. I’m grateful to have had the chance to visit the country where some of my ancestors originated from and experience the land they used to call home. If there is one thing I have learned from visiting Scotland it is to sit back and enjoy life. Every single bit of it. Back in Ireland, Cardiff, and London people are constantly hurrying from one place to another without taking a second to step back and take time to enjoy what surrounds them. Here in Scotland people are laid back and take as much time as they need to finish their cappuccinos and chocolate banquets before moving on with the day. The Scottish are my kind of people.

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From visiting BBC Scotland in Glasgow, hiking up a dormant volcano, and horseback riding through the hills of the countryside, I have seen different views of Scotland that make me love it even more. For each one of those activities there were times I had to remind myself to live in the moment and breathe. I wanted to make sure to take in every experience and capture it in that moment without any distractions. Sometimes I had to remind myself I was in Scotland. I’m starting to feel like a native!

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Although my time in Scotland is coming to an end, I am thankful for the chance to experience an amazing country. The culture, geography, and food are something out of this world. For example, today I tried a piece of homemade salmon quiche with dill in it from a little Italian bakery, and my tastebuds were in heaven. Could I wander upon an Italian place that served that in America? Most likely not. The littlest things have made my experience here homey and enjoyable to the fullest. What I will bring back the states from Scotland is a new outlook on life. One that involves taking time to enjoy every little thing of my day, and slow down while I eat so I can enjoy every bite. Scotland, I may be leaving you, but we will meet again!

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