One of the many reasons students go abroad is to travel. Whether to gain experience, expand knowledge, or try new things going abroad means getting lost and uncomfortable. Customs, language, and mannerisms change from city to city. Even the weather in United Kingdom changes every hour. Basically, you can not prepare for what happens while moving and traveling about so you are forced into this wonderful situation in which you can grow. This is what I am here to do; not change but to amplify who I am.
“When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.” – Clifton Fadman
I have traveled within the United Kingdom a bit with the International Student Centre. I became one of their trip advisers and I volunteer to be a “guide”. I have met many new people, tried different things, and sat on long bus rides (with no bathroom might I add). We have been to three places since I have been here: St. Andrews, Dumfries, and Aberfeldy.
Each town had something unique to offer:
- St. Andrews: a beautiful coast line, the coffee shop where Prince Will and Kate met to have coffee, and two historical buildings (St. AndrewsCathedral and Castle)
- Dumfries: Caerlaverock Castle, shopping centres, and the best place to live in Britain ( in 1997, a bit outdated)
- Aberfeldy: Dewar’s Distillery (nuff’ said), cute bakeries, and water rafting (we saw many people rafting while it was pouring down rain)