I feel marginally lame writing these posts lately. I don’t do a whole lot during the week to be quite honest. But I do have a lot to say this week!
I only have two to three classes a week. On Wednesdays I have one class that lasts for two hours, on Thursdays I have one class that lasts an hour, and every other Friday I have a class for two hours. Needless to say, I have a lot of free time on my hands. Especially since my friends all have busier course loads. I try to get out and do stuff but a lot of the time I just don’t get to it.
I have to say, my sleep schedule is completely out of whack. I stay up all night and sleep until 11. Which isn’t good. But y’all, I don’t get sleepy until the wee hours of the morn! I was staying up all night reading but lately I’ve been staying up watching Arrow. I’ve been unashamedly binge watching it. Have you seen it? No? Then don’t judge me. I love the cast and characters. I agree with Felicity when she says she likes watching Oliver work out. Ha. But really, just look at him.
PS: Thanks Raquel for letting me broken record fan girl to you. You da best!
I did take a break from my binge watching Arrow to go to Stirling on Saturday. Y’all. Stirling is beautiful. We spent the day exploring Stirling Castle. There was a lot of Outlander inspired souvenirs in the gift shops. I could’ve gotten Jamie and Claire Christmas ornaments, or a ring, or any other assortment of things. I have to admit I was tempted to purchase a wooden sword so I could perfect my sword fighting technique and a wooden bow and arrow because (see above) I am clearly hooked on Arrow and I could’ve been the next crime fighting vigilante. Sadly, I think I’ll stick to my day job. But I did buy some Christmas presents for people. Oh! And I finally got a cute coffee mug for my Skype coffee dates.
Anyway, less about the gift shop and more about the castle itself because that’s what’s more important. I’ve never been inside a castle before so it was easy to forget that they’re basically towns within the walls. Learning about the history was really fascinating. It is incredible to think that we were standing in the same place where so many important historical figures walked. That is something I absolutely love about Scotland. While the US has history it is still a fairly new history, but these things go back so much farther. Maybe it’s the nerd in me, but I can’t help but be a bit overwhelmed when I’m standing in these places. So much has taken place, these walls have seen generations upon generations of history. It’s awe-inspiring. From the battlement walls of the castle you can see Wallace Monument looming in the distance. We weren’t able to go explore it Saturday, but we do plan to return to visit.
In case you didn’t know, the national animal of Scotland is the unicorn. There are unicorns everywhere in the palace in Stirling Castle. Seriously. On mantles, walls, ceilings. There was one room that had tapestries on every wall, along with a throne of sorts. On the tapestry were scenes of unicorns being attacked by dogs, one impaling a dog with its horn, some with unicorns just being majestic, and even one with the unicorn dipping its horn in water. Strangely enough the unicorns weren’t depicted in the way you would imagine. Their bodies were almost doglike, with the tails of a lion, and their heads, funnily enough, looked a bit like illustrations of the Loch Ness Monster. I was pretty fascinated at all of the unicorns. Also, queen’s ornate bedchamber? The room is filled with rich tapestries, a four-poster bed full of lush pillows and thick curtains but is pretty much useless. Apparently, the queen didn’t sleep in the bed, but in a small bed in a nearby room. I think that’s a bit silly. I would’ve demanded to sleep in the lush bed, but hey, I’m not a queen. Well, maybe the Queen of Sass but my opinion doesn’t count for much there.
I loved Stirling and I can’t wait to visit more of Scotland. I think Edinburgh is coming up on our agenda soon. We had a lot of fun visiting Stirling. Of course we took the prerequisite jumping photo and a few other silly ones that I couldn’t help but turn into gifs and we can’t forget our essential selfie at wherever we’re visiting at the time.
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Michelle, you are self-realizing at such a young age. I envy you. If you can find the time and energy, you’re going to do really big things. Remember to keep fostering the creative in you. When I read that you enjoy sharing footsteps with the past I smiled because that is a trait of a fully developed personality. It means that you can experience humanity in a new way every time. I think it’s great. Miss you bunches