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Home stay weekend in Denny

Hello there!

My apologies for the lateness of this post. I am unfortunately battling a horrific cold that has made its way through my flat mates and now to me. We also experienced a campus wide internet melt down that lasted over 24 hours so again I apologize. But, because of this series of unfortunate events I thought I would share some happy moments from my homestay in Denny.

The homestays are a requirement of IFSA and I will admit that I was a bit nervous about this whole thing. I mean it is a bit strange spending a weekend a stranger’s house without knowing much about them. I felt like this could possibly be the beginning of a scary movie! My mind was put at ease a little when I found out that I wouldn’t be braving this experience alone; there was three of us going to a little farm house in Denny.

Of course I felt completely silly about my apprehension when we met our “host mom” Marion. She is definitely one of the sweetest people I have met since arriving in Scotland. From the moment we arrived at the Robinson home I knew it would be a wonderful relaxing weekend. I have to take a minute and just talk about the food. I hadn’t had a home cooked meal in far too long and I have to say the dinner we ate that night was just so darn good! The night ended with our host dad Mike giving us a proper lesson on rugby during the Wales vs. France match.

After a good night’s sleep we had a traditional Scottish breakfast (complete with black pudding) and headed off for Calendar House. When we pulled up, a cross-country meet was taking place so it wasn’t until we stepped inside that I felt like I had just stepped into a Jane Austen novel. There aren’t words for this beautiful house so I think I will let the pictures speak for themselves.

After our trip back in time we decide to see a modern marvel, the Falkirk Wheel. What can I say about the Falkirk Wheel? Well, it was big… and modern looking. I mean don’t get me wrong it was cool looking but I think the fact that I am NOT an engineer or anything of the sort, the amazingness was lost on me.

The rest of the afternoon was spent relaxing and chatting. I left Denny the next morning feeling well rested and super relaxed. That weekend was definitely one of the highlights of my trip and won’t soon be forgotten. Next on the agenda is a trip to Inverness so, until next time!



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