“Cheers to good health!”
I honestly don’t know if there’s anything more I was DYING to gloat about (sans my kids of course!) than my move to Scotland. Just thinking about it, while at home base in Northern California, has me missing my second home.
It was always a lifelong dream to get to Scotland. The country is LITERALLY in my blood, Clann Chamshorin, aka Clan Cameron. And though my obsession with Outlander is not something I deny, my passion to explore the country of my heritage was something I had always longed for. 2017 was the year of unadulterated hell for me, but the trip I was so excited about was finally happening. Dad, his kids and grandkids. A jaunt through bonnie Scotland. I could literally feel my Grandfather’s presence. My husband, kids, nieces and nephews…it was incredible to watch my father see their excitement.
That trip was both beautiful and devastating. I knew in my gut when we returned home that my marriage wasn’t going to survive if we didn’t make some changes. I believe it was less than a month after we returned that we did in fact separate. I don’t know about you, but I’m a runner, my therapist calls it paralyzing anxiety. And when I say “runner,” I mean lace up the Nikes and hit a 6 min mile….straight to an airport! True to form, I did just that. Less than two months after we had returned, I booked a one way trip back to Scotland. That was all it took for me, I knew within weeks I would move there, part time at a minimum. Less than two years later, I pulled the plug and actually did it!
Before Covid hit, I flew my Mother and Daughter out to me. My mom was so excited, she was so proud that I had done this for ME. We galavanted through my tiny little town of Leith, Edinburgh. I took them to Sterling Castle, we walked through one of my absolute favorite towns St. Andrews, literally “the home of golf.” We had more fish and chips that I care to admit and our fair share of luxury whiskey like Macallan and Balvenie!
I am so grateful for that time, just the three of us. I am SO desperate to get back! And though I can, now that I am an official “resident,” I will wait until the world heals a little more. Old Bonnie Scotland isn’t going anywhere!
There is so much more of the “why’s, how’s and reason’s” I choose Edinburgh; I’ve got a million stories to tell! This one just happens to be one of the most beautiful trips I had; because I had my resilient mother and daughter by my side. And it wasn’t a “running” trip, it was a trip full of so much excitement for my future, it was palatable. I have a entry ready to go with all of the “must see’s” when you travel to the U.K. From the “Emerald Isle,” also known as Ireland, to the Scottish Isles…I will share all of my favorites!