I've been home for a little over a week and I keep putting off this final Scotland post. It'll mean that the semester really is over. But I have to do it some time. So here's things I'll miss and things I won't miss about Scotland!
Things I won't miss:
Would you like to connect to the internet? Sorry, it's going to be out for the rest of the night. I don't care if you had to do research.
These Door Knobs
They're just kind of funky and sometimes you forget you have to press the button and panic because you think you're stuck in the bathroom.
Having to Pay to Pee
I know this isn't just Scotland, but I really do dislike it. Make sure you pee ON the train or bus, since the station's going to be expensive.
Putting Everything in One Bag for RyanAir
I already miss discount airlines. Seven Euro flights from London to Oslo are just fantastic. The flight itself? Not so much. You can only have one bag. And every five minutes they ask you if you want to buy something else. The flight home was wonderful. I took advantage of all of the complementary beverages!
Padlocking My Backpack
Or my stuff in the hostel. I don't want my passport to get stolen, but I also don't want to have to worry about my passport getting stolen. But my padlock is pretty awesome. And yellow.
Waiting in the Airport
Jon and I chose to sleep in the airport three times over the course of our adventures. It saved money. But it also added up so that we spent more than two days in the airport while abroad.
Sharing a Kitchen
This was the stove on a good day. Very few people did their dishes. It was bad.
Everyone gets a shoebox cubby. The girl above my didn't know how to pack her's. I ended up with pre-cooked bacon, a gnocci, a package of deli meat, and a lot of milk in my fridge over the course of the semester. Also, it smelled like something died in there for the last few weeks.
These STUPID Laundry Cards
You pay for two washes and two dries. It might work, or you might get one wash done and then it just reads error. This is why I prefer machines that take quarters.
It's the ghetto.
I shared a mailbox with everyone else in the building with a last name beginning with K...
Because some people don't even try to blend in.
Things I will miss about Scotland:
The Word Queue
It's not a line. It's a queue. And one does not stand in line. One queues. It's a national pastime.
Walking Outside and Climbing a Hill
They're everywhere. And it's fun. Plus, you get a great view.
I'm going to miss getting delicious, healthy snacks in my mail every week...
I brought them back, but they won't be the same when they're not hanging on my shelf above my bed.
The Heart on My Keys
This was how I knew which keys were mine. I'd say I miss it, but I brought it back with me.
Gigantor, the Desk
There's something about having a desk the width of your room that's just awesome.
Two for Tuesdays. Half off when you spend forty pounds. Delicious.
Cthulhu on My Door
Because it was awesome.
Chocolate with Toys Inside
And it's yummy too!
Cheap Public Transport
I know I already mentioned kind of missing cheap flights, but that goes for all cheap transport. Ten pound trains to Inverness, seven pound buses that take us right to our ferry? It's the best way to travel.
Walking with Views Like This
I want to live on Orkney for several months. Because it's wonderful. And you can see the Northern Lights.
Red Phone Booths
Sometimes their location surprises you.
Hitch Hiking as a Viable Option
We never actually did it, but pretty much everyone recommended it.
Guys in Kilts
This does not require an explanation.
The Crisp Selection
I finally got the chips/crisps thing straight at the airport on the way home. I was excited. I'll miss calling chips crisps and I'll also miss having about ten thousand flavour options.
And also seeing the Wallace Monument ALL THE TIME.
They're as cute as cute can be.
Because cooking on a student's budget is rather exciting.
The University of Stirling is BEAUTIFUL.
Double Decker Buses
You can feel like you're driving!
Spending Most Days with These People
Because they're awesome.
More than anything though, the thing I'll miss most about Scotland is that it's full of Scots!