I’ve found a new version of myself here in Scotland. And while I’ve been trying different and new things, and seeing a different world, there is a lot about this beautiful country that brings me back home. I never feel unsafe walking down the streets of Inverness in the wee hours of the morning, listening to the native people talking and the bunnies rustling through the hillside of Inverness castle. I’ve never felt so at home away from home.
Today, May 12, I found myself and two others on a half-hour taxi ride in a Mercedes to Chanonry Lighthouse in Fortrose. Our taxi driver was fabulous; every time I tried to sing a song he’d turn up the music and laugh. I can’t get over how friendly everyone is.When we pulled up to the shore the smell of salt flooded through my nose and I felt back at home again. The moment I walked onto the pebblestone beach I found a small piece of sea glass! I have never in my entire life found sea glass before, and I was so happy to share that with the two amazing ladies that I’m glad to call my friends.
Fun fact about the lighthouse from the Northern Lighthouse Board: “The cost of building the lighthouse and lightkeepers’ dwellings was £3,570 and the light was first exhibited on the night of 15 May 1846.” It was breathtakingly beautiful taking in the lighthouse on the rocky shore of the ocean. I live in the Green Mountain State, but my heart belongs to the ocean, so anytime I get to go there, my soul is awakened to smells of the ocean and the air of Scotland. The crashing of the waves against the shore is peaceful and all I can think about is all the different sea creatures there must be here. The lighthouse was small but mighty. The contrast of the yellows on the deep blue of the ocean was like stepping into a different world. I’m so thankful to get to experience the land of my grandfather’s heritage. I feel closer to him now, even though he’s gone. If you’re ever given the opportunity to travel to Scotland, do it, just go!