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Summer Blog Swap: Liz @ joyfulcalamity

Chris here, and today’s post is a little different. I took part in a blog swap. So sit back and enjoy the post written by Liz.

Hi everyone!  I’m Liz from Joyful Calamity.  Since the theme of this blog swap is summer, I wanted to write about my favorite summer vacation – Scotland.

I went to Scotland during the summer of 2001 with my grandparents, aunt, uncle and cousin.  We spent the first day and night in Glasgow.  I didn’t see a lot of it (or get any pictures) but from what I remember, it was a great town for interesting architecture.  A lot of it was in the gothic style and beautiful.  I definitely want to get back now that I am more interested in architecture.  I think I’d appreciate it more than I did at 16.

The next day we headed into the Highlands.  We spent a few days taking trips to the ocean, into the mountains, and –finally – up to Loch Ness.  While I didn’t see any monster, I did see the ruins of a castle across from where we had lunch.  And let me tell you, Scotland was RIPE with castle ruins.  I was in history lover heaven!

We next spent two days in my favorite city in the world – St. Andrews.  I immediately fell in love with it.  It’s a big city, but to doesn’t feel over crowded like some can.  It has the ocean on one side and if you go out of town a few miles, you’re right back into farm country.   It also has both the ruins of a castle and ruins of a cathedral.  When I was 22, I was *this close* to running away there.  I also thought about transferring to the university there, but that never happened either.

We ended up in Edinburgh for a day before we flew back to Maine.  Although we didn’t spend a lot of time there, we did a quick trip of Edinburgh Castle – I even got to see the crown jewels.  I also enjoyed the amount of gardens and parks the city had.  I’m an outdoors girl at heart, so being able to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city really appealed to me.

I wish that I could go back and spend more time hiking in the Highlands (I didn’t get to do that on this trip).  Maybe someday I will …

Thank you Liz for that great post. Some of the best trips are ones you can create a part two of. Sorry I couldn’t add the beautiful photos due to (my own stupidity)technical errors.

Remember to follow Liz on Twitter and take a look at her blog over at Joyful Calamity.

Check out what I wrote for this blog swap by checking out threetimesf

Have a great day

Chris

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