February 6th – February 9th

A weekend in Scotland! Fellow HCers and I visited other Holy Cross students studying at St. Andrews.  Personally, I had the easiest trip there- it’s a long story- but it was great to get a taste of the UK.
St. Andrews is beautiful and we saw the castle, the golf course, and the beach! Have some great pictures!  After touring around the favorite spots in St. Andrews (and wondering where Prince William used to live), we spent a day in Edinburgh.  Loved it! It was a few hours on the bus to Edinburgh from St. Andrews but it was great to see Scotland’s countryside.  It quite reminded me of Ireland’s countryside and the West. Once in Edinburgh, we walked the Royal Mile and took a tour The Palace of Holyroodhouse where we saw Mary, Queen of Scots living quarters and heard again her history. We took a picture underneath the arch at Edinburgh castle and stopped for tea at The Elephant House- the birthplace of Harry Potter! With the snow in the early afternoon, I was a little worried about my flight- but all was well. Once reaching Dublin, I again was excited to be back home. Handing the guard my passport and Garda card, she asked the normal questions: where I was studying and how long I’d be here and added “How do ya like it?” Glad to be back in Dublin, I must have had a huge smile on my face and responded: “I love it here!” To which she answered: “You’re not looking forward to June then, huh?” It was a nice reminder that Ireland and Dublin are places for me.

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