Sketchy boat hostels, dreamy christmas markets, Swedish meatballs, endless wandering around the city, and ABBA playing on repeat= best last minute decision.
I’m only a little embarrassed to say that this was genuinely one of my favorite parts of my study abroad. Dreams do come true, kids.
Despite the not-so-kind Parisians, the constant paranoia of pick pockets, and the fact that we were running on just 3 hours of sleep, Paris was unforgettable. The city of love is incredible and I can’t wait to go back one day.
Best last minute decision ever.
Missy and I decided the night before that we were going to spontaneously snag one of the remaining few tickets to London Fashion Weekend.
It was a super long day and we were EXHAUSTED after it was all over, but for a girl whose loved fashion since the day she could talk.. it was kind of heaven on earth.
(Plus we got to sit front row at the fashion show which was reason enough to go.)
I mean you can’t go to one of the top fashion capitals and not experience at least a slice of the fashion world…right?
If you think about it, It’s a pretty strange concept that although we have advanced to incredible measures in our society over the span of history, there are still some phenomenons that we simply do not have a complete explanation for.
We are so used to knowing all of the answers, or being able to easily access those answers, that it’s hard to fathom that there are wonders of the world that we can’t say we have 100% full understanding of.
There are endless theories about Stonehenge, but we can’t necessarily say with a complete surety that we know exactly why these huge rocks were arranged in the way that they were, in the location that they are. And although it may be frustrating to accept the notion that we don’t have all of the answers (and honestly, we may never), it’s pretty cool that people in the past have left us with real life mysteries to unfold and arrange together pieces of the puzzle as time evolves.
It’s weird to say, but the most persistent thought that I had while in Edinburgh was “Scotland is exactly what I imagined it to be”.
Let me explain.
You know how a lot of the time when you visit new places, you think it to be a certain way, but in reality it ends up being completely different from what you imagined? Well this was not the case for me with Edinburgh, in fact, it was pretty funny to me how similar it was to how I imagined.
Which was totally fine because I imagined it to be amazing… and it was!
Cobblestone walkways, bagpipes, pubs, Loch Ness monster references, plaid everything, shops selling kilts, it was all there.
I realize that a lot of this has to do with the fact that Edinburgh is a tourist town, and for the most part we spent most of our time hanging out in these high traffic tourist areas, so of course they capitalize on much of the traditional things that Scotland is known for.
But I just found it funny that what I assumed would be my own stereotypical expectation of Edinburgh ended up being super similar to the reality. All in all, Edinburgh was a ton of fun and it was pretty hard to say goodbye to this rad town we had gotten to explore for a few days.