Hi everyone - long time no chat - hopefully some of you remember me!
It looks like it has been pretty quiet here of late, but I thought I'd drop in and say a quick hello from here in Scotland anyway - perhaps many people are lurking in from time to time. As some of you may remember, I was planning on going overseas for awhile, and well, here I am! I've been in Scotland for a little more than a month now. For the first couple weeks, I mostly did some travelling. I went up to the highlands (Isle of Skye, Loch Ness, Fort William etc.) - which were absolutely beautiful. I went on an organized tour of Skye, but I think once family comes to visit I might suggest renting a car to have the freedom to go where we want. Though on our organized tour, we were lucky enough to go see a small concert by a local band from Skye who were loads of fun - the music was an interesting mix of bagpiping music and dance music. The tour (I went with MacBackpackers) was actually really great, and I'm glad that I spent the money to go on the organized tour since I was travelling by myself at the time. There were only 6 of us, plus the guide and the guide-in-training, so we had lots of attention and a small group made it a little more fun since we could 'sort of' get to know each other.
I've also spent a lot of time touring Edinburgh, and I've made some smaller trips out to Glasgow and Stirling. And there's just something grand about living and working near huge, old castles and walking down such old streets that seem to have so much character. Though I must admit that living here is also making me miss some of the things about the Netherlands even more - so as soon as I have enough money saved from working here, I am going to the Netherlands to visit my old friends and town where I did my exchange! Though that could be awhile, as it's pretty pricey over here.
It's also been an interesting challenge to understand what some of the people are saying - the accent combined with some unique words, or usages of words, makes the english nearly incomprehensible to me at times! But since I've been doing some temp office work lately (where I'm around only Scottish people), my ear has become more attuned to the accent.
In terms of Atkins...what Atkins? I've totally been off plan, no-where near plan, not even thinking about it (ha! am I even allowed to post with this kind of attitude!
)...Right now I'm mostly occupied with looking for work (besides these temp jobs that I have) and thinking about looking for a flat (I have a temporary place to live, however).
Anyway, I hope everyone is well and know that 3FC has been on my mind even if I haven't been around!