Well, I’m still in the land of forgetting what day it is except to board my next plane or hop on a bus, so yet again I am posting a belated Five Things Friday!
I’m writing this in Dublin Airport drinking a cucumber, celery, spinach, and lemon juice from Marquette. Yummy! We’re waiting on our gate announcement for our flight back to London. I can’t believe my trip is coming to a close and I go home tomorrow!
It’s definitely bittersweet going back home each time, but I think I’m ready for some Alabama blue skies!
For now, here’s ten things!
Something I Love
This tradition is charming, but it’s also super tasty. I’m thinking I might still observe tea time and have myself some fruit scones once I get back to the U.S. I was never a huge tea drinker before I took this trip to London, Scotland, and Ireland, except for unsweet tea with a Splenda. (look I know it’s not good for me okay?!)
Now though, I might reach for that English Breakfast tea with a splash of cream and sugar…
Does anyone have a recipe for a Victoria sponge cake?!
2. Something I Learned
While I was on a coach tour through the Scottish Highlands and Loch Ness, our guide Graham told us the harrowing story of the MacDonald massacre of Glen Coe.
Around the first of February, soldiers led by General Robert Campbell were shown the famous Highland hospitality from the MacDonald clan of Glen Coe and received shelter, food, and water. These people broke bread together for two weeks then on February 13, 1692, the MacDonald clan of Glen Coe was slaughtered by their houseguests in the night. It’s estimated that 38 men, 2 women, and 2 children were killed with many others that ran away to the mountains dying from exposure.
This display of inhumanity is a complex history and there’s so much to read about, but even though 1692 seems far away to us, this massacre has left a scar on Scottish history that still impacts Scots and Highlanders today.
On a lighter and tangential note, the famous Highland hospitality is apparently the reason for phrases like cold shoulder and warm welcome.
I recommend the Heart of Scotland coach tour through the Highlands and Loch Ness for sure! If you are in Edinburgh, definitely check it out and ask for Graham as your guide.
This is a folk song about the massacre of Glencoe that our guide played during our drive.
3. Something I Accomplished
Well, I did it! I made it to the top of Arthur’s Seat!
This is not a mountain by any standard, but standing at the summit, 823 feet high, had me thinking I was on top of the world!
The hike wasn’t a leisurely Sunday stroll and I tripped a couple times, so I felt accomplished when I made it. I was breathing heavy, and my legs were sore, but it was worth it. It felt like heaven standing that high above the city and seeing the world from that high up.
I knew why it was a famous and popular hike once I got to the top.
4. Something I’m Inspired By
On our tour of the Edinburgh castle, we got to go down into the prison where prisoners of war were held. During the Revolutionary War, an American soldier was captured that etched an early depiction of the American flag onto the wooden door of the cell. Something about that conviction and power just took my breath. It was incredible to see that it withstood the test of time, and the ideals that person believed in I am celebrating today as an American.
I love to travel and experience other cultures, but I love my home and I’m proud to be an American. Political climates change and our leadership changes, but freedom and the American Dream are timeless.
5. Something I’m Looking Forward To
The Fitzgerald Society has invited me to present my research on Zelda Fitzgerald and “Three Ballerinas” in Toulouse, France at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Conference.
It is an HONOR to be included in this international opportunity, and I can’t believe I was invited to present! I hope to shed light on the legacy of Scott and Zelda in every step, and I can only do this with YOUR HELP!!!!!
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6. Something I’ve Got Going On
DID YOU SEE ME ON THE ALABAMA BOOK FESTIVAL AUTHORS AND WORKSHOP LEADERS PAGE?! I am so thrilled by the opportunity to host a panel at Alabama Book Festival on April 13 in Old Town Montgomery. My workshop will be at 2 PM in the Loeb Center. This presentation will feature the research I’ve been doing on Zelda Fitzgerald as well as how this relates to Alabama’s Bicentennial and storytelling at large. I am unworthy to be included amongst such strong, brilliant minds, but I am honored nonetheless!
I can’t wait!
7. Something I’m Listening To
So, I haven’t really been listening to a ton of music since I’ve been in Europe because I’ve been on the go, but one artist that’s been tickling my fancy lately is Sevdaliza. I really feel like a cool girl listening to Human. Listen on Spotify at the link below.
8. Something I Want to Try
I’m thirsty for adventure and physical challenge after this recent travel experience. I want to try rock climbing and bouldering, but I’ve never tried to before, so I’ve got to start with some practicing. Who knows? Maybe I’ll love it. Maybe it will be like crafting or putt putt golf and I’ll be royally terrible about it.
9. Something I Want
It finally happened… My beloved pink carry-on suitcase bit the dust….
This suitcase has been around the world with me. I even carried it up the 204 steps of the White Tower at the Tower of London. But then, on the cobblestone streets… the wheel popped off.
So, I’m looking for a new carry-on. I’ve seen a lot of things about Away suitcases, but I’m still on the hunt.
10. Something I’d Like to Accomplish
Well, I’ve been bitten by the bug. After all the walking in Europe, hiking Arthur’s seat, and watching people walk the Scottish Highlands, I have my sights set on something bigger.
I’d like to hike the Inca Trail in Peru and explore the ruins of Machu Picchu.
Here’s a link.