Train is my favorite band ever, and I remember listening to them way back when they started making music. “Drops of Jupiter” was (and still is) one of my favorite songs because my mom loves Train too, and I remember listening to it so much during car trips ever since it came out eleven years ago. I was so glad to have a chance to see them in Glasgow, and I’m hoping I’ll be able to see them again when they perform in Cincinnati this August!

love, elizabeth

Scotland was amazing!

On Friday morning, Molly and I went back to Edinburgh and spent one last night there. The bus to Birmingham left at 3 on Saturday and we got home just before midnight. I was so glad to be heading home—I was at the point where I was really excited to sleep in my own bed, use my own shower, wear something other than the two outfits I’d been circulating all week, make tea with my own kettle, and eat real food (I spent part of the week running on protein bars, pumpkin seeds and apples).

However, I was really sad to be leaving behind such an amazing place full of wonderful new friends. I’ll definitely be going back in a few months!

Here’s a quick recap of my trip:

Glasgow: It has a pretty bad reputation (people wrinkle their noses in disgust when they hear that I went there), but I actually really liked it. It reminded me a little bit of Cincinnati because there are rough, stabby parts of the city, but the rest is really beautiful. I mean, just look at the architecture. Any city that has a Ferris wheel is automatically awesome, in my opinion. Not to mention the TARDIS that I saw there. That was pretty neat.

Aberdeen: This was probably my least favourite city. The university part was really pretty, but other than that, Aberdeen was pretty bland. It’s probably the fact that all of the buildings are gray and boring. I’m sure some people love it, but it was just not the place for me. I had a nice time there, nonetheless. The best part about Aberdeen was staying with Bridget.

Stonehaven: I loved this quiet little town! I can see myself going back for a relaxed holiday sometime. The feel of the place was wonderful, and the walk to the castle from there was one of the prettiest treks I’ve ever been on, even though it was an overcast, windy day. And the castle on the cliffs was probably the most beautiful thing I saw during my time in Scotland.

Inverness: I definitely hope to come back here. I would love to have had more time to browse through the quaint bookshops and spend time at some of the many cute coffee shops. Plus, it’s in a great location for seeing some of the surrounding Highlands. Which brings me to my next point…

Loch Ness: Absolutely beautiful. Right after the castle near Stonehaven, it was one of the prettiest sights I saw in Scotland. I probably wouldn’t make it a priority to go back (unless I happened to be nearby anyway) because seeing it once was enough; however, it was still one of my favourite places.

Edinburgh: This city was so beautiful. The castle was gorgeous, because it’s situated on a hill, so you can see it from lots of different places within the city.Arthur’s Seat was a lot of fun to climb with my friends, and next time I’m here, I’ll go up there during the daytime. There were kilt-making shops everywhere, and I even saw a few people walking around wearing kilts. I had so much fun here because I got to spend my time with friends, and so I will be going back to visit them and to see more of Edinburgh.

Love, Elizabeth

One of the coolest things I saw when I was in Glasgow was a blue police box. I talked a little bit about Doctor Who when I saw some of the sights in Cardiff, but here’s a brief summary for those of you who haven’t seen it: It’s a show about a man called the Doctor, who travels through space and time. He’s really cool and saves the world all the time. The show started in the 1960s, making it the longest-running science fiction series. It’s also something many British people are very proud of. (When I arrived in England, my flatmates were relieved that I was caught up on all of the episodes so that I would understand the Doctor Who references.) 

Anyway, the Doctor travels in his time machine/space ship called the TARDIS (time and relative dimension in space), the slogan of which is “It’s bigger on the inside.” It’s supposed to change to blend into its surroundings. However, the “chameleon circuit” broke when the Doctor went to London in 1963, so it’s been stuck in the shape of a police call box ever since. I had no idea any of the boxes existed anymore, so seeing one in Glasgow was a nice surprise and a fan-girl’s dream come true!

Love, Elizabeth

Glasgow

On Sunday morning, Molly, Dom, and I piled on a bus to Glasgow, which was just over an hour away from Edinburgh (giving me some time to nap!). It’s not much of a tourist place, so we just walked around, exploring parks and window shopping on the numerous pedestrian shopping streets. Then we went to a coffee shop for hot chocolates and ended up squeezing onto a couch there to solve a crossword puzzle on my iPod. It was a lot of fun because usually I travel on my own and make friends as I go, but this time I was with really good friends and it was great to be in a new place with them.

Love, Elizabeth