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“For auld lang syne”: Farewell, for now

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind ? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne? — “Auld Lang Syne,” Robert Burns Less than two weeks ago, I was wandering the streets of Glasgow, Scotland. Already, my five months in Scotland feels unreal, like the wispiest of dreams. Every once in awhile, … Continue reading

“The open road”: On Traveling Alone

“The open road is a beckoning, a strangeness, a place where a man can lose himself.” –William Least Heat Moon Before I came to Scotland, I was chatting with a coworker who spent the previous year in Northern Ireland about her extracurricular travels, to Nice, to Bath, to London, to Glasgow, to other places I … Continue reading

Venice: “La dolce vita”

Italy remains magical even the second time around, especially colorful Venezia. Whether wandering by the canals, eating a slice of pizza the size of my head, or going to Easter Mass in a tiny church where the liturgy I am intimately familiar with is transformed into the unfamiliar in the musical Italian language, this country, … Continue reading

Paris: “La Vie en rose”

Edith Piaf’s “La Vie en rose” ran continually in my head (and on my lips) while I was in Paris. Literally “life in pink,” the phrase means something akin to seeing life through rose-tinted glasses. Certainly, Paris to me was like that, even though we waited in the most and longest lines for various attractions. … Continue reading

Amsterdam: Bikes, canals, and pancakes, oh my!

Amsterdam was a revelation to me. Before spring break, while I was interested in Amsterdam, I wasn’t as enamored with the idea of being in it as I was with, say, Paris or Venice. Amsterdam is not the stuff of which gauzy, Hollywood-esque dreams are made. After all, the only movie I can think of … Continue reading

Spring break, begin!

To my lovely readers, I will be spending the next week in Amsterdam, Paris, and Venice! So, for now, the more-or-less-weekly posts will be on hiatus until I return with stories of my grand continental tour. Thanks for hanging in with me! I couldn’t ask for a better group of readers and commenters! Love, Anna

It’s a small, small world

Only connect. — E. M. Forster I haven’t posted in a while because I’ve spent the last two weekends in Belfast with friends and London with family, soaking up the differences (and similarities) in Ireland and England. The verdict? Increasingly, I’m coming to the conclusion that the world, in actuality, is very small. Hear me … Continue reading

On falling in love, or the sudden realization you are home

I can mark the exact moment I realized I had fallen in love with Glasgow. It was a fine day — for Scotland — a bit cloudy but dry and cool. I was wandering around Glasgow Green, this big, grand park speckled with litter in the city centre on the River Clyde. All around me … Continue reading

Spring Break Announcement!

I just wanted to announce that I am officially booked for spring break! It only took us about several weeks of planning, multiple changes in itinerary, dropping a city, and various other little hitches. But hey, it’s definitely happening! So, where am I going? 1.  Amsterdam 2.  Paris 3.  Venice I’ve been to Venice before … Continue reading

To the Castles: On Myth, Monarchy, and Majesty

In my first month, I have seen three castles. How cool is that? One overlooked the charming village of Doune. Another crowned the bustling town of Stirling. The final one soared above the grand city of Edinburgh.  By the end of each trip, my legs and lower back burned and grumbled from the steep hills and … Continue reading

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July 2021