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“Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”

Dunkeld, Scotland

I find it peculiar how life resumes to its original ways, despite traveling abroad for a month. It is hard to fathom, that over two weeks ago I was in another country. Despite missing the little things—my comfortable bed, water pressure in the shower, the use of ice cubes—I find myself endlessly daydreaming about Scotland. Even filling the void by watching the Starz television series Outlander. 

It has been a rigorous four weeks. I had written over twenty pages in essays and had given two eight-minute speeches. The time restraints pushed me to strive for excellence. My experience studying abroad was an opportunity of a lifetime. Although I was abroad for academics, I learned so much more than just reading out of a textbook.

For the first time ever, I was fully independent and only reliant on myself. It was so fulfilling to see that I am able to accomplish these demands alone. For instance, before I embarked on this trip I had never flown internationally by myself. After the multiple sermons by my parents about safety and the endless horror stories, I admit that I was slightly terrified. Ironically, I could have not asked for a better travel experience. I was fully capable of arriving and departing to multiple airports, and cannot contain my excitement for the next time. In addition to my independent travels, I also lived sufficiently with my flatmates.

Group photo on top of Arthur’s Seat.

Study abroad is a unique experience. Due to the time constraints in a foreign country, a bond is quickly formed within the group. Living under an unusual academic situation makes others vulnerable, but allows an individual to form a strong relationship. Over the four weeks, I had the honor of meeting so many unique individuals with various ranges of ideas and beliefs. Each of them were incredible in their own way, and I am so lucky that I had the opportunity to make relationships with these individuals. I am hopeful that these bonds are not only tied to Scotland, but will transcend to the States.

Haggis Adventure Bus

 

It was a “wild and sexy” ride, and I would not trade it for the world. Though, the next time I travel to Scotland I intend on visiting the highlands, since our journey was mostly directed to the lowlands. Not to mention, that Outlander is about the highlands. Ha ha!

Studying abroad has only fed my appetite to travel.

 


Kayli Warner is a senior honors student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City majoring in Theatre and specializing in Costume Design. She is spending the 2017 summer term abroad with the faculty-led UMKC Honors Summer Program in Scotland. Kayli is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Society.

Student blog entries posted to the Roos Abroad Blog may not reflect the opinions and recommendations of UMKC Study Abroad and International Academic Programs. The blog is intended to give students a forum for free expression of thoughts and experiences abroad in a respectful space.

The Mountains are Calling and I Must Go

The furthest point North on Scotland’s mainland.

A notable marker that indicates a transition from adolescence to adulthood is the realization that one’s taste has evolved.  This is not a reference to an individual’s taste buds and how they change every seven years, but rather refining our interest. When I was a little girl, I had always dreamt about living in the city, specifically New York City. The towering buildings, the city lights, and the hustle and bustle of the natives seemed glamorous. Not to mention, that I thought I was going to grow up to be a mega pop star.

As years past, I began to slowly drift away from my belief that I wanted to live in the city. I guess that with all the nature shows I watched with my father, they were finally beginning to rub off on me. Despite traveling to beautiful states, such as Colorado, I was only a child and was preoccupied with marrying my stuffed animals.

My journey to the Highlands only reasserted my ideals of eventually living in the wilderness. I admired the city atmosphere in Edinburgh and loved the relative closeness of shops, but the Highlands transported me to another realm. I was in touch with the beauties of nature, and was able to appreciate such captivating sites.

The image above is by far one of my favorite photographs from studying abroad. It was taken along the west coast of Scotland as we were driving to the city of Glasgow. There were many areas for cars to pull over and admire the scenery. The bus decided to pull over at this stop, and it was stunning. To the west, storm clouds were moving in. In opposition, rays of sunlight shined through the clouds and illuminated the side of the mountains. Despite the rain, a rainbow flashed over the valleys.

The wilderness held up to a mysterious mystique. It is so mesmerizing to see the forces of nature and to admire its wonder. As I was left awestruck, I could not help but smile at my original idea of moving to the city.


Kayli Warner is a senior honors student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City majoring in Theatre and specializing in Costume Design. She is spending the 2017 summer term abroad with the faculty-led UMKC Honors Summer Program in Scotland. Kayli is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Society.

Student blog entries posted to the Roos Abroad Blog may not reflect the opinions and recommendations of UMKC Study Abroad and International Academic Programs. The blog is intended to give students a forum for free expression of thoughts and experiences abroad in a respectful space.

Eat, Pray, Love

Three weeks. In this short amount of time, I have managed to independently fly over international waters and safely land in Scotland. This has been a drastic change from previously living at home with my parents. There has been many adjustments I have had to make, and one of them includes food. I have always been a food lover, but this trip has expanded my pallet.

Vegetarian chili at Paradise Palms in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Scotland is very unique in regards to food. Despite the oddities of generic types of produce into a word pun, I have enjoyed every new experience. Similar to the United States, Scotland does cater to different food options, yet this country goes above and beyond. Scottish dishes use farm fresh foods produced in the country and accommodates to everyone’s eating preference.

Soup and sandwich at Folk Cafe in Dundee, Scotland.

I have to admit that I was a bit apprehensive about what would be served, since I have been a vegetarian for nine years, yet I am the opposite of starved. It feels as if I have ate my weight in food, especially the pastries and desserts. I only wish that when I return back to the States, that it would be more accommodating to my food needs.

Crape at Wanderlust Cafe and Bistro in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Eating around the world has given me a brief glimpse of Scottish culture. Food is universal and connects others together regardless of their background.


Kayli Warner is a senior honors student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City majoring in Theatre and specializing in Costume Design. She is spending the 2017 summer term abroad with the faculty-led UMKC Honors Summer Program in Scotland. Kayli is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Society.

Student blog entries posted to the Roos Abroad Blog may not reflect the opinions and recommendations of UMKC Study Abroad and International Academic Programs. The blog is intended to give students a forum for free expression of thoughts and experiences abroad in a respectful space.

Another Day, Another Hike

Skyline captured on top of Arthur’s Seat.

Today was my first time hiking. I have always admired adventurous outdoor activities, yet never have pursued any. Also, I am 4’11 and my height poses some obstacles when climbing. My classmates and I, headed off to Arthur’s Seat around 9:00 A.M. Arthur’s Seat is a group of hills that overlook Edinburgh, Scotland. Staring at the towering hill, it seemed impossible to reach the top. The rock and gravel path deemed a bit treacherous. I could not help but think of the scenic beauty as I ascended to the top. Despite being the slowest in the group, I still reached the summit. As the forceful winds blew and the temperatures dropped, I was invigorated. Not only did I achieve my dreams of hiking and traveling to a foreign country, but it was a personal feat for me. Over a year ago, I started a radical self-love and development journey. Since then, I have been trying to work on personal issues and am slowing gaining confidence in myself. Hiking Arthur’s Seat was a testate to my perseverance. Climbing to the peak gave me the confidence I needed. Another day, another hike.

Summit at Arthur’s Seat.

Kayli Warner is a senior honors student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City majoring in Theatre and specializing in Costume Design. She is spending the 2017 summer term abroad with the faculty-led UMKC Honors Summer Program in Scotland. Kayli is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Society.

Student blog entries posted to the Roos Abroad Blog may not reflect the opinions and recommendations of UMKC Study Abroad and International Academic Programs. The blog is intended to give students a forum for free expression of thoughts and experiences abroad in a respectful space.