People Make Glasgow. This phrase has been showcased on billboards and taxis all over the city since I arrived in January. At the time, this phrase didn’t really mean much to me. Now after being here for four months, this phrase means everything. The people I have met while in Glasgow have absolutely made my experience and without them I know that I wouldn’t have enjoyed my time here nearly as much as I did. I find it absolutely amazing that I have become so close with people from all over the world in a matter of months, which is exactly the beauty of exchange. Even though I was nervous to arrive in Scotland many months ago, the transition was very easy because everyone was so eager to make friends. Who knew that first night at an exchange student mixer that I would meet my best friends for the semester? I am so thankful that I went to the mixer rather than sleeping after being up for over twenty-four hours!
Saying goodbye to my friends and this city has been more challenging than I thought. After living in Glasgow for four months, this place has really become my home. To celebrate my wonderful semester, I hosted a big going away party at my flat. It was so wonderful to have all of my friends in one place!
This entire weekend has been filled with goodbyes and lots of long walks around the city so I could appreciate the streets that called home these past few months one more time. I even took one of the tourist bus tours around Glasgow just for fun! I really am going to miss this place. Choosing to go on exchange in Glasgow was the greatest thing I could have ever done for myself. As someone who enjoys being in her comfort zone, it was so exciting and refreshing to travel to an unknown place and start a new life for a little while.
I absolutely loved all of my adventures and feel so lucky to have seen the some of the world. I never dreamed that I would get to see so many places throughout Europe. I have been lucky enough to visit Dublin, Paris, Barcelona, London, Berlin, Vienna, Prague, and countless places all over Scotland. From staying in sketchy hostels with twenty strangers to living off of bread and Nutella to save money, I have loved every second of this journey. I think it is safe to say that I may never get to live this carefree lifestyle with few responsibilities again, so I am so excited that I made the most of it. Thank you to everyone that has supported me and followed my journey along the way. It makes being away from home so much easier when you know there are people in America cheering you on, so thank you so much for that!
I am leaving Scotland with a new perspective of the world and the wonderful people who make each city unique. This semester abroad has definitely given me the travel bug and I can’t wait until I can travel again. Scotland will always have a special place in my heart and I know I will be dreaming of my amazing times here once I am home. To end my final blog post, I’ll leave you with a quote from a an old Scottish song about missing Scotland, which I know I will absolutely relate to once I am settled back in the states:
“So let me tell you that I love you and I think about you all the time. Caledonia, you’re calling me, now I’m going home. If I should become a stranger it would make me more than sad. Caledonia’s been everything I’ve ever had”
Thank you for following my blog! Ascott out. Cheers!