Home is surreal

Thursday, June 30, 2011

(Wrote this yesterday, but then there was a computer glitch) I am finally back home. Today has been the longest day.... ever. I've been awake for about 22 hours now. I know I shouldn't be up, but I just had to see how some of my pictures turned out- AMAZING. Love it. Can't wait to post about a million on this blog. I know I promised that I would keep you up to date day by day, but the internet was unreliable at best and typing my day out on an iPod turned out to be an idealistic fantasy. I'll work it out the next time I leave the country. BUT I did keep a pretty thorough journal and I will post a day or two each day and then try and map out the corresponding pictures for each day. I think that's the best way to go about it. That way you, dear readers, friends, and family, are not overwhelmed by the massive amount of images and I am left to do a little editing. You may not find the grate on the floor of the Glasgow cathedral to be as interesting a study in geometric patterns as I did. I also am horrible at taking pictures. Well, not so horrible, but the number of functions on a camera is a bit overwhelming. It took me a while to get things figured out (borrowed my dad's camera), but eventually I got some spectacular shots and I think you'll enjoy them. I should really get some rest now. But I'll leave you with a good shot of Mull. And if you click on it, you can make it really big!

I did it I did it Hooray and Yippee!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

By the way, did I mention that I got into CLEMSON?!?! I did. I'm already signed up for orientation. Just have to find a place to live! Soooooooo PRAISE BE! And thank you God! My life ROCKS right now!!!!!! Just had to share that.

Sittin' pretty in Glasgow

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Okay so internet in Scotland is more difficult to come by than expected. That, and typing on a miniature keyboard on my tiny iPod is not the ideal way to keep up with a blog. That being said, I clearly have managed to get the Internet in my room here and so the blogging commences. SO YAY! Happy 100th post to me! How fun that it should be in Scotland! When I get back to the states and have my lovely full size computer, then you shall have pictures. I've been keeping a journal of the things I've been doing every day- which is really impressive for me because I stink at journaling. I shall then relate my journal entries to the blog and add the photos of the day. I may be able to start some of the writing now that I've finally got the Internet to work. It's raining even harder now. I looked like a drowned rat when I got in. I wanted to stay out longer but I was getting soaked and turned around and about 4:30 called it a day. I started out by waking up at 8 (I know! Me! Up at 8? It's true.) Caught a cab to the Glasgow school of art and was just blown away. They don't allow photography so you'll have to look it up on the web. Especially search for pictures of the library. I made a friend in my tour group and we had lunch at the Willow Tea Rooms. Another thing to look up. French toast and bacon and tea for only £5! So delicious and beautiful surroundings. Then I just wandered in and out of places until I got too wet for comfort. And now my index finger is a wee bit tired so I think it's time for me to go. Love from Scotland, Lauren

And I'm here!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

i made it! i am also typing on a funny uk keyboard so forgive me if i do not use capitals in this post. well. i have made it to glasgow and am staying in an apartment with one of natalie's friends for the night. she has a washer in her kitchen. but she has been completely wonderful. she picked me up from the train station and arranged a bed and necessities for me. she even cooked me dinner! amazing. i'm exhausted. i'm doing my best to stay awake but i did succumb to the exhaustion and take a 3 hour nap. it's about 7:52 pm here so i just need to go another 2 or 3 hours and then i can fall back into that super warm bed. the temperature change here is a little... extreme! 90 when i left charleston to 54 here. and i'm cold-natured so that's been a bit of an adjustment- wearing jeans, boots, jackets and pullovers in june! it seems a welcome change for now from the intense summer heat, but i'm sure in a few days, i'll be waiting for it to warm up again. i'm off to oban tomorrow (the town on the western coast where) i'll take the ferry to mull, then a bus to fionnphort then a ferry to iona and then a long walk down to where i'm staying that night. so glad to have a respite here. the traveling should be rather interesting- considering i'm not used to the whole train thing. it's all very clever and automated which means that unclever people put the tickets in wrong and get them stuck (me). the train ride tomorrow is supposed to be beautiful, but today it was about half urban sprawl at city edges and then half pastures. i saw my first scottish sheep! but no highland cows/yaks so far. it drizzled a bit in edinburgh, but mostly cloudy and dry skies here with a little bit of blue. that's pretty much all i've got for now, but i'm sure i'll have more adventures soon to tell you all about. like today (just now thought of this) when i got grilled by customs as to what i was doing in scotland (pleasure, dude), where i was studying back home (i just said clemson, in the hopes that i'm getting accepted and i just didn't think he needed to hear my transferring story or anything else), why i was visiting my friend (ummm, let's see... because she's my friend!!!), what i was studying (religion, what's it to you?) and how long i was going to be here (i had to fill out that card that tells you everything you just asked me - occupation, contact, location, visiting, and yeah THE EXACT LENGTH OF MY STAY). do they do it just to be funny? get bored that easily? because seriously, why do you care? so with a violent stamp of my flight card and an even more violent and vehement stamp of my passport, i was admitted to scotland. let the adventures begin.

As time flies by

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Well time has been whizzing along and, forgive me, I just haven't been thinking much about anything. I've been enjoying my last few days in the states. I've almost completely packed. When I say I almost, I really did completely pack and realized that I left a certain group of undergarments out and so now I have to re-pack to add those essential items. Unfortunately, with TSA and airline standards, the current size limit for your carry-on is 14 x 9 x 22. That's really small if you are packing for three weeks (even if I am doing laundry). My backpack fits the width and depth requirements but is a bit too tall. I've been really hung up on not wanting to check anything, but it is free to check my bag (because it's a flight to Europe) and I won't have to deal with lugging it in and out of overhead bins. I know I'm tall, but I'm always afraid that I'll whack someone in the head (accidentally of course) coming down. If I check it, I'll just carry on my day bag and a bag with the stuff I don't want to lose. Not that I want to lose any of it, but meds, a change of clothes, and this phenomenal hat that my mom's friend Phoebe knitted for me. I will take pictures of me wearing it in Scotland and post them! So two small bags. That would be nice. I still have two and a half days to consider it. The problem with trying to sneak it past regulations would be that if I don't get it past, I have to stop, pull out the important stuff, pull out an additional bag and re-pack. Nothing would make me feel more silly than sitting on the airport floor re-packing bags because I didn't bother to adhere to the well advertised size limits. Stupid tourist. Nope, I think I'm going to check my tall backpack and have the two smaller bags. I'll be fine. Most bags do get there with their owners to their intended destination, right? (And if you think otherwise, keep it to yourself. I'm already nervous enough about this trip.) I'm having a craving for pasta right now. Odd thing to have at 12:07 am. 66 hours. Not really that excited about flying. I'm not one of those people who is afraid of or dislikes planes/flying. I'm not one of those people who is super excited about it either. It just gets me where I need to go. I'm just ready to be there. I can't wait to see the country! It's going to be amazing. A real vacation. YIPPEE!!

It's almost time to go

Friday, June 3, 2011