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Studies In Wanderlust: Scotland 2014

They say that travel can change you. To seek far away lands is to immerse the soul in the unknown, and you won’t return as the same person who initially left. Nourishing a wanderlust heart through new adventures keeps the soul alive and plentiful; the stories and tales that come from a cultural immersion keeps the wayfarer’s chronicles constantly penned, and ready to be penned on the next page. Traversing famous streets and cities that once played home to the most laureate minds in history grants new a perspective of time and space…those footsteps echo the past and forge a path for the future.

Step into my TARDIS. Let’s take a journey…

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The year is 2014, and I’m stepping on a plane to journey across the pond to Scotland. This two-week study abroad session consisted of about 25 students, staff, and friends of Edinboro University, all ready to indulge in the sights and sounds of our sister town and the surrounding areas. From our home base in Edinburgh, to the luscious Highlands and the bustling town of Glasgow, the links at St. Andrews, and many ruins and castles in Linlithgow, Rosslyn, and Stirling, our itinerary was dense and rich. Passports in hand and luggage on our backs, we were ready to take on the world.

Welcome to my Studies in Wanderlust series. Sit back and enjoy the ride!

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It’s about the journey, not the destination.
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Welcome to Edinburgh!
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Fun fact: this is my first passport stamp!

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Arthur’s Seat from Calton Hill.
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Scotland 2014 group!

After we landed at the airport, took a quick detour to Calton Hill, and got settled in to Pollock Halls on the campus of the University of Edinburgh, I promptly passed out until the next morning. 26 hours of no sleep will do that to you!

 

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Pollock Halls. Our dorms for the next two weeks.

 

Next day was our first full day of adventuring around Edinburgh: Royal Mile, St. Giles Cathedral, Princes Street Gardens, and touring Holyrood Palace.

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The Heart of Midlothian. Spit on it for good luck!

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st. giles organ

 

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My Campbell of Argyll ancestry runs deep here. There will be many a reference to my clan in future posts!

 

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Edinburgh Castle

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Holyrood Palace. HRH Queen Elizabeth II summers here. Unfortunately, no pictures on the inside. But the grounds are pretty!

 

One of my personal adventures of the day was on The Royal Mile. It is lined with closes, or alleyways, branching off from the main road. Each are named after someone prominent that lived there at one point. Noticing that there was a Campbell’s Close on the list, I set off to find it. Starting at the very top of the Royal Mile, I descended toward Holyrood, looking at each sign along the way.

I was nearly back at the palace when I finally located it!

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We wrapped up the day at the World’s End pub.

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Stay tuned for the next adventure!

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