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A weekend in Edinburgh…

About a week and a half ago I spent the weekend in Scotland and it was absolutely incredible! My boyfriend (Reilly) is studying at the University of Sterling, so we met in Edinburgh and checked out the beautiful and historic city together. I don’t have classes on Friday, so I was able to be there from Thursday night to Sunday. I stayed in a hostel for the first time. It was also Edinburgh University student accommodation so I got the chance to meet some young Scottish people my first night in the country. Before my boyfriend met me on Friday afternoon I was able to research some of my Scottish ancestry. I found out the clan my family would’ve been a part of (the MacFarlane clan) and saw the pattern of our tartan, our motto, and our crest. The American notion of heritage is something that has been in the forefront of my mind since coming to the UK. As a nation of immigrants, it seems that many (even most) Americans feel a certain connection to the countries of their ancestors. Even though I am so far separated from my Scottish ancestry, I felt a certain sense of belonging knowing more about the roots of my family.
When Reilly met me on Friday I got a full tour of the city. We took an Edinburgh goes tour that took us to the dark and spooky vaults, where we were told stories that would keep anyone up at night. That night we had dinner at The Elephant House; the cafe J.K. Rowling began writing Harry Potter in. With a view of the Edinburgh castle from the window and such a magical city surrounding her, it’s easy to see where she got her inspiration.

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