As promised in my previous blog, I will share how beautiful Scotland is during my visit in July 2011. Scotland does not exist in my Dream Destination list, and I still don’t understand why God keep sending me to Europe (I am not complaining hehe I’m just wondering ).
So there, on July 6 we flew to Edinburgh. We allotted three days before the start of the World Conference for the tour around Scotland. We arrived at night, but it was my first time ever to see the sun around 8pm. Cool, eh? Europe was telling me “This is really the other side of the world.”
On our first day, the first agenda was to see Loch Lomond, which is the biggest lake in Great Britain by surface area.
This is a postcard-ish photo which I took after being captivated by the beauty of the landscape:
As you can see the sky was on the verge of crying. But we’re fortunate that it was after we left that the rain started to pour. We stayed in a Fish N’ Chips restaurant during the downpour and enjoyed the lunch.
Next stop was Stirling! I love the place because it was only that day that I first saw a castle.
The Doune Castle!
And the Stirling Castle from a far! (With my big face hahaha)
The next day, we headed to St. Andrews, a small town but now a famous spot because of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
St. Andrews University
Just across the university is the coffee shop where the two met (So giddy because I always want to meet “my man” in a coffee shop haha )
One of the Tita’s asked us single ladies if we want to stay longer and wait for our “Prince”. We already finished our coffee, but no one came.
St. Andrews is a small town but the it is very vibrant with happy people roaming around.
The rest of our days was spent in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. There are bagpipers on the street, red telephone booths, and those buildings with unique architecture.
I always love to go to different places to appreciate God’s wonders. His creation is beyond any explanation. But every time I go outside the country, I see it as an opportunity to appreciate my beloved country more. I may not have all these riches, but our culture is still deemed with high respect. Proud akong sa Pilipinas ako pinanganak.
These are memories painted to last forever. One day, I will show show this photos to my children and proudly say “God brought me there.”
P.S #1: It was an inter-generational trip. Not your usual barkada gimmick. I was with Tita’s from the Girl Scouts of the Philippines. Kyla and I were the only bagets, as you may say. But it didn’t spoil the fun, it actually made the entire trip a happy experience. During the trip, I often find myself laughing with their jokes, and they are as energetic as youngsters walking and walking around. In every trip having a cool and fun company makes all the difference.
P.S #2: Tita Inday has a friend there in Edinburgh, a couple with a 6 year-old son named Michael. For two days, Michael became my “boyfriend” and didn’t let me walk alone because he wanted to always hold my hand. Hahaha! Such a cutie and bibo boy!