One of the things everyone stresses on you when you tell them that you are studying abroad is your need to travel to other countries, especially if you are studying in – or in the UK’s case, around – Europe. The first trip I took was to Scotland. As a huge fan of Outlander, this was the first weekender I booked.
I was really hoping to go and meet a nice, manly Jamie Fraser, move to Scotland, and live happily ever after. But, the trip – and the country – were not what I expected. Scotland somewhat underwhelmed me. There was a lot to see and it was a beautiful country but I was excited to get back home. I do not like trips that entail riding in a bus all day to see as many attractions as possible. I was happy to see them but I wished my trip wasn’t smushed into just a short weekend. Edinburgh was busier than I expected it to be but, at the same time, it was also very inactive. I was told that Scotland is very busy in the summer and it was busy while I was there, but for one of the busiest cities in a country, it was pretty inactive.
It was so beautiful, though. The streets felt like home and everyone seemed really nice and helpful. There was so much history and it seemed that every location and building had a story, which was really interesting.
I have found that traveling while studying abroad has been very easy planning-wise. I just bought a tour that included transportation and accommodation. I also have found it easy to socialize with people on the trip. I am not close friends with anyone who go on them but everyone is in the same position. We all want to see the sights and learn about where we are visiting, so I had a lot of fun.