Don’t you love it when a place completely surprises you? We’ve just returned from our trip to Scotland (maybe you’ve seen my photos on Instagram), and the contrast between there and here is a shock to the system. I have a lot to share from the trip — hiking tips, things to do with kids, the good and bad of the Isle of Skye, and more — but for now, in my jetlagged state, I want to share a few impressions of the country.
What impressed me the most was the strong connection to nature that you can immediately feel once you get away from the city/airport. We rented a car upon arrival and drove into the countryside and then spent the next two weeks in nature every single day, even with mostly cloudy and chilly weather. Of course, we did some touristy stuff, too — we visited plenty of castles, graveyards, lakes, parks, and cathedrals and stayed in Edinburgh for a couple of days. Yet the stark beauty of the country and the availability of nature really struck me on a deep level. Add to that the fact that we never saw anyone on their cell phones!
I expect that my experience there will affect me for a while. What places have struck you in unexpected ways?