Edinburgh and Aberdeen
When I arrived in London I immediately thought of all the places I wanted to visit around the U.K. First on my list was Scotland, I've always wanted to go there no specific reason just a place I felt I needed to be. Luckily I was able to find someone who also wanted to go to Scotland during an international mixer at my Uni. Which I recommend going to if you plan on studying abroad go to the mixers and feel people out it's a great way to have a travel companion, so you're not entirely lost on your own. We arrived in Edinburgh on a chilly October day I didn't pack the warmest clothes, but my excitement was enough to subside that. We checked into our Airbnb hosted by a lovely Scottish lady who greeted us with pastries and popular soft drink in Scotland called IRN-BRU. After a quick nap.... literally less then twenty mins we walked to a nearby cafe and ordered a traditional Scottish breakfast. From there we continued to Edinburgh castle ( side note we walked a majority of the trip, we didn't really figure out the transportation before arriving) However, it did lead to us taking in more scenery along the way.
Each moment felt surreal to me, a girl from the Bronx walking around Scotland. I had to remind myself this was my reality and I got to cross out a goal of mine from my checklist. After the castle, we checked out some street performers and then headed to shops to find souvenirs. We spent our last day in Edinburgh climbing Arthurs Seat; it was absolutely breathtaking, and I recommend when visiting. Also, I recommend wearing proper shoes, my Chelsea boots weren't the best options. But, in my defense, this was a spur of the moment thing. From Arthurs seat, we went to the Palace of Holyroodhouse and ended with a nice dinner in town.
Next stop was Aberdeen, the reason I went to Aberdeen was the girl I traveled with had family history there, which was pretty cool. I was along for the ride and got to see the very grey and beautiful town of Aberdeen, the buildings were gorgeous. The day, however, was not so beautiful it was raining and freezing, but we got to see as much as we could. We visited the Toolbooth Museum which was former jail and ended our last night at Slains Castle a pub/restaurant with a Dracula theme hosted in an old gothic church.
The next day I arrived back in London and took so much away from my first trip while studying abroad. I learned how I like to organize my trips and it's okay to go outside of my comfort zone. And the importance of finding a good travel buddy, they can make or break a trip and, I was lucky to find someone who was on the same page as me.