Hit the Road Jack!

Today’s the day! I’m waiting at Edinburgh’s airport for my 6:35 flight to travel to London Heathrow where I will catch a shuttle to the ship.

I can’t believe today’s the day. My friend warned me this summer, before I knew it, I was going to wake up one day and say to myself, “today’s the day I leave on an adventure of a lifetime.” Well, today was that day. Except that the first thing that went through my brain was, “Please, God, let time stop for a bit so I can sleep a little longer.”

Scotland has been a hoot with my best friend Anna and her boyfriend Fergal! We went to Aberdeen, Stonehaven, and I experienced the biggest festival in the UK called the Fringe. It was an excellent beginning trip. When I was walking through security, she used her scarf to wave me goodbye like a handkerchief. I love her and I’m going to miss them both. They got me hooked on tea.

So my Grandpa has 2 months or less to live, and I had to say goodbye to him before I left for my trip. It was one of the hardest things I had to do. But, I am taking a part of him with me. My stuffed animal’s name is Juergen (named after my Grandpa) and he will be in at least one picture every country. Be prepared to find him every so often! Here he is, enjoying the view of Stonehaven’s castle, Dunnottar.

Juergen at Stonehaven Castle

Well, off to spend the last of my pounds, hopefully on something chocolate for the ship! I have a feeling I’m going to need it. :]

Bon Voyage!


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About Kait Squanda

Semester at Sea is a study abroad program sponsored by University of Virginia. It is a cruise liner made specifically for college students, professors, hall directors, and lifelong learners to experience a hands-on learning atmosphere around the world. My voyage will be traveling to 15 countries: Russia, Germany, Belgium, France, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Ghana, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, and Cuba. WIth some stops before-hand, it is bound to be a trip of a lifetime!

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