We knew Scotland would be beautiful even before we stepped off the plane – just from what we saw 2000 ft in the air was enough to know that this spontaneous trip would give us experiences of a lifetime.
We decided to leave the backpacks behind this time and travel with roller bags instead, just to see how we felt about it.
We don’t like to see ourselves getting comfortable with only one way of travel, but want to try out different styles all the time.
Although we have been traveling mostly in a backpacker way I wouldn’t mind experiencing a bit more of that luxury travel style, and although we are not the typical hikers we don’t mind trying that out either.
The only thing is that we are just never prepared for it – although we have become better over the years, like don’t go hiking in flip flops in the Austrian Alps anymore, we still looked like the odd ones out, and in Scotland, once again we were not prepared …
The Moody Weather
I have never seen such a moody weather anywhere else in the world. The weather can change from sunny to rainy, windy to calm, freezing to warm – in a matter of hours!
Sometimes it seemed as though it did all that at the same time, and without any rain gear things got a little complicated… but I guess it’s the weather that has contributed to the amazing nature in Scotland.
The Amazing Nature
The scenery in Scotland is simply breathtaking – the highlands is a dream landscape, with mountains, lochs and glens, and the vibrant autumn colors just made it even better.
The grey stone cottages along the roads just enhanced the scenery – these cottages were built for sitting in front of the fire, sipping tea and dipping short bread all day, the perfect situation for cozy Autumn luxury holidays – but the one thing that struck me the most about Scotland, what changed my whole perspective on things – were the people we meet.
The Friendly People
I always used to believe that the way the people acted was a reflection on how the weather was – the people from northern Europe like Scandinavia are in general very quiet people whom are difficult to get to know.
You won’t see them start conversations on the bus stop or street with strangers, you will notice that they prefer having an empty seat next to them on the bus etc.
During summertime, that changes a little, and the people become more outgoing. So I used to think that it had to do with the weather.
But when I arrived in Scotland, I was proven to be terribly wrong – Scotland has the strangest weather in the world, mostly quite miserable – yet the people are among the warmest and friendliest I have ever met.
Nowhere else has it been so easy to meet people and strike up conversations with strangers.
No matter where you were, on the bus, walking down a street or in a supermarket, people from all ages would talk to you.
It’s all in the little things. In many ways Scotland reminded me of Vanuatu, where people laughed and smiled more, and where rather than giving you a strange look when talking to them, they actually tarted talking to you.
It will take some time to let all our impressions sink in, but I will write more about Scotland and our experiences – and I will be back, for sure …
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