The Elphinstone, Biggar & A Photo Diary

The last few weeks have been hectic and the next couple as promising to be the same so when the opportunity arose a little while back to have a welcome rest in the midst of it all at The Elphinstone in Biggar, I was all ‘hell yes about it’.

I was glad of a chance to escape for the weekend without my laptop and a good friend for company. We made a little weekend trip out of it, driving over from Kelso through Peebles to Biggar and then back again on the Sunday, having stops on either side.

After leaving our side of the borders at about 11ish we drove through to Peebles and I was gobsmacked at how gorgeous the scenery was. This was practically on my backdoor and I’ve been oblivious to it. Steph and I were in awe to be honest and the fact it was a beautifully sunny and cold winter’s day made the whole experience more enjoyable.

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3 Things I Learnt Whilst Travelling On My Own

When I say travelling, I mean catching a bus and two flights by myself in a foreign country. I didn’t spend four weeks or heck, even a night away, on my own in another country but I did something different and new to me, off the back of a very difficult decision which flipped my summer plans around.

I started my day of travelling home at 7.30 when I left my camp to head to the nearest city, Morganstown, to a catch a bus to Pittsburgh airport. At 8.30, I was on said bus on the hour and a half journey to Pittsburgh airport. From there I managed to check-in with only the flight number as my camp agency booked the flights for me and found myself with a good six or seven hours until my flight to JFK.

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It Doesn’t Always Have To Work Out – And That’s Okay

My last blog post explained why I wouldn’t be blogging this summer, that I would be spending almost 3 months in West Virginia working on a summer camp and as a result, would be giving up my blog for the summer as it just wouldn’t be feasible.

Well surprise, I’m back. I could give you a hundred reasons why I’m not spending my summer on that camp but it all boils down to the fact I’m simply wasn’t all that happy. Yes I could have stuck it out longer. Yes I could have tried harder. Yes it was expensive and I should have thought things through a lot more.

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12 Hours In London

In hindsight, spending a whole 12 hours in London was probably not the one three days before my first exam. Needless to say, it probably won’t be my brightest of moves as a person who neglects revision until the last week and a half. But as visa appointments are a fickle thing (not to mention bloody terrifying and a harrowing experience let me tell ya), I kind of just had to take what I could get and hustle on with it.

We ended up flying to London due to the time constraints and it being a smidge cheaper than the train. This brought me to Edinburgh airport at like 4.30am which is also not the one and I didn’t fly back again until half past 8 at night so this left us with practically the whole day on our hands. My little sissy came along for the ride so I wasn’t a lost little soul on my own wandering around (although I’m pretty sure I would have also enjoyed that too).

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5 Places I Want To Visit In The Next 3 Years

I really hope I manage to do all of these but hm, it’s probably not going to happen.

I have a huge travel bucket list in my bullet journal, with destinations ranging from Tokyo to Cornwall. I was lucky that I got to go a couple of really cool places last year and I’d love love love to continue that in the next few years.

Travel is exciting. It’s liberating, different and opens my eyes. I haven’t travelled much and I am more of a tourist than a traveller but that doesn’t mean I don’t dream of sandy beaches in Bali to the busy streets of New York to ice cream parlours in Rome.

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