Last year I left my home of 23 years to start an adventure of a lifetime. With two suitcases, a visa and rain boots, I said goodbye to my friends and family and got on a plane to a city I had only been to for a brief visit. I was terrified, excited, confused, jet-lagged and disoriented. But I was ready for something new.
It didn’t take long to fall in love with Edinburgh. I could see Arthur’s seat from my flat and passed tenements from 1856 on my way to class. I got to learn from incredible instructors and study with classmates from all over the world. Best of all I met my dear Moira, my Scottish grandma and one of the truest friends I have ever had the joy to know.
It’s been years now since I left Edinburgh and came home, but half my heart is still with my Scottish family. Every day I have flashbacks to my year in Scotland: walking to class through the Meadows, writing my thesis in coffee shops, exploring historic ruins or laughing with Moira. A few years ago I was having dinner with one of my very best friends, Jenny, laughing so hard our drinks nearly came out our noses, and flirting with the waiter. Spring was beginning and flowers were popping out all over Edinburgh. I miss my temporary home. I miss the people, I miss the food. I miss being a train ride away from beautiful rural towns and ancient cathedrals and castles. Why can’t Alaska have castles?!?
I miss my wonderful classmates, who I am blessed to have spent so much time with, in and out of class. I am so thankful to have had such a creative, intelligent, warm and funny group of people to laugh and learn with. I am thankful to have gotten to explore Scotland with them and to have true, lifelong friends at the end. I hope every one of you is happy, healthy, and living life to the fullest.
I will never forget you, Edinburgh. Life keeps moving- I keep searching for the perfect urban development job, keep searching for the right place to land, keep searching for beauty always. But the thing I value the most out of my year with the Scots- people are beautiful all over the globe. I am so grateful for the scores of wonderful, fiercely alive Scots I had the fortune to meet. Thank you.
The adventure continues. Where to next?
Love and laughs always,