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The Skye’s the limit! (also, photos!)

A few weeks ago, I was able to visit two of Scotland’s most breathtaking scenes: the famous Highlands, and the beautiful Isle of Skye. Being able to go on this trip and take pictures of some of the most beautiful scenery in the world is exactly why I am extremely glad that I decided to study abroad.

One the way to the Isle of Skye, we got to see a lot of cool places, including Loch Lomond (again), where I got some nice shots with the sunrise in the background. Afterwards, we rode into the Highlands (although there was a point where our bus had to navigate around a bus going the opposite direction because the road on the way was so narrow) and got many amazing photos of lochs as well as some of the world famous Highlands. Even though I have taken many good photos, some of what I thought were great photo opportunities were obscured by the trees that were along the road. We got some great photos of Lake Tulla

Unfortunately, a car accident had happened on our way to Glen Coe early on in the day, so we had to take a detour that significantly cut our time in part because of the length of the detour (there aren’t that many roads in the Highlands) and a traffic jam, which while I am tempted ┬áto wonder how the Highlands can have a traffic jam, I wouldn’t blame so many people for wanting to see them all at once.

We also got to visit Fort William, the second largest settlement of the Highlands, Loch Garry, which looks like a map of Scotland in a certain view, and Eilean Donan Castle, which is in the middle of three sea lochs. Even though we got to the Isle of Skye much later than scheduled, the quiet atmosphere was very inviting, and it made me more excited for tomorrow.

The next morning, I was able to get a great view of the ocean from the front door of my hostel, but the sights only got better as we got to see the Sligachan Bridge, which overlooked the spectacular Cuillin mountains, the Old Man of Storr, which was used as a location for the filming of Prometheus, but also had an amazing view of the ocean, Mealt Fall, a waterfall that empties into the sea, and Lealt Gorge, which was an amazing site that also had a waterfall. Unfortunately, because I had a problem with my charger, I couldn’t get any of my own photos at the last two stops, but after a lunch of fish and chips in Portree, the capital of Skye, and a short charge at a pit stop in Fort Williams, I was able to get just enough charge to take photos at Glen Coe, the stop that we had to miss yesterday, and got some more amazing photos of the place where part of Skyfall was filmed.

The Isle of Skye was an amazing experience. It is the first of many trips around Europe that I will have while I am here. Speaking of which, on Wednesday, I will be taking a trip to the port town of Oban to get some great pictures and even taste their reputation as the seafood capital of Scotland, and this weekend, I will be on an ISA excursion to Edinburgh and Loch Ness, the capital of Scotland and the infamous stomping (or rather, splashing) grounds (or rather, water) of the elusive Loch Ness Monster respectively. I will be sure to take lots of great pictures of those places as well!

Speaking of pictures, I know what many of you are thinking: Where are some awesome photos of your experiences? While I apologize for not posting any pics sooner, I want to figure out a way to post my photos en masse and without spending large amounts of time doing such. Even though I cannot post a bunch of pictures with this option, I have decided to set up an Instagram account with my favorite photos from my Scotland experiences. You can check out some of the ones I’ve posted right now here, but that said, I will post some photos in another post.

Until next time,

-Danny

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Anxious Excitement: Looking Forward and Back

On September 6th, or next Friday, I will finally be leaving the States for Scotland in what will be the most exciting part of my last year of college. I am beyond excited to go on this trip, but it’s almost a bittersweet feeling in a few ways. Continue reading

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Prologue: Welcome to my Glasgow blog!

Hello everyone! As you can see, this is the blog that will document my study abroad in Glasgow, which I will be leaving for in only 2 months. I am very excited about this trip, and I hope that I can document all the fun things that I do while I am overseas. I also will want to tell you about different aspects of Scotland and other parts of Europe that I get to visit, just so you can learn while you read up on my experiences; on top of that, I’m also going to give tips and advice, both based off of my experiences and from other sources, about studying abroad and traveling to different countries for those who are interested in studying abroad.

I’m probably not going to be able to post very often up until leaving in September just because I don’t really think there is a point in writing a blog about studying abroad when I haven’t left the States yet. Having said that, however, I will post once or twice before I leave; one of those posts, I want to hear from you, the readers (as well as my friends and family) about anything that you want answered before I leave.

I will answer some questions that I have been getting from numerous people over the past few months right now, though. The first question I have been getting a lot is how long I will be gone for, or rather, when will I leave for the United Kingdom and when will I be returning? The answer is that I leave on September 6th, and return on December 21st (right on the Winter Solstice!). In other words, my semester proper begins later than at McKendree, but ends later as well, which means little because it’s going to be awesome!

Another thing that I will say is that I am doing this from a different institution than what McKendree has done for a long time, and that is that I am traveling through ISA (International Studies Abroad). While I am not the first person from McKendree to go through ISA (that would go to Caitlyn Jacober, who is currently studying in Valencia for the summer and currently has a blog that you should definitely give a visit), I will be the first to use them through a full semester. They have been very helpful in answering my questions (of which I have had very many) as well as with other arrangements.

Again, remember to send me any questions that you have, and I will answer them in the next blog that I post before I leave. Until then, I will be continuing to make arrangements for leaving, and I hope to see most of you before September!

Until next time,

-Danny

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STUDY ABROAD TIP

Deciding on a country and school of study – So you’ve made the decision to study abroad and likely have a country where you want to study in mind as well, but if you are like me, you probably had quite a few places in mind, and believe me, it can be difficult to narrow it down when there are a lot of places you want to go. So here are some questions you can ask yourself while you are contemplating where you ultimately want to go:

  • Can you/are you willing to speak/learn another language for the majority of your trip?
  • Is your country in the northern hemisphere or the southern hemisphere? (From my experience, universities in the southern hemisphere are structured differently, meaning that the “Spring” semesters begin in July and the “Fall” semesters begin in February)
  • Are you comfortable leaving and returning by the program’s dates?
  • What kind of classes do you want to take while abroad? (if you want to take classes within your major, it might narrow down your search)

You obviously don’t need to follow this list completely, but my biggest advice is that you think long and hard about what kind of experience you want to have, what each country can provide, and anything else that might be a deciding factor on where you want to go. In other words, don’t make a final decision until you’ve considered things such as cost, location, climate, location of the university within the country, etc.

Sometimes two places can seem almost equal to where you want to go and making a final decision can seem like the hardest thing to do (I know because I’ve experienced it). I personally ended up nitpicking both of my top options before I made a final decision, but ultimately, it’s your call on which country you want to go to. Anyway you look at it, it will be a life-changing experience!

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