It’s the thick of July and you wouldn’t expect the beach to be cold.
Scotland didn’t seem to get the memo. Last Friday, our program took an excursion to Dunure Castle and Robert Burns’ town. The castle ruins were embedded on a cliff overlooking the ocean. What once looked like a menacing fortress was nothing more than a dangerous pile of rocks. However, its eroded state did not make it any less impressionable. Its skeleton still held tight to its original power, and it cast a rather monumental shadow over the beach. Further exploration of the area led me to the rocks at the bottom of the cliff that extended into the ocean. Even with a chill in the air, my experience at the beach was well worth it.
After spending an hour or so at the beach, it was time to head to where the famous Scottish poet, Robert Burns, once lived. This was one of my favorite days and I am not for certain what I can contribute that too. I was able to visit the bridge and kirk that inspired Burns’ poem, Tam O’ Shanter. I also explored the area surrounding Burns’ house. I think I was starting to miss being surrounded by nature. Coming from a rural background, I enjoy the city but not enough to live in it. I think this excursion helped me get over being a little homesick.
Samantha Bradfield is a junior at the University of Missouri-Kansas City studying Psychology and Art History. Samantha is spending the summer abroad with the UMKC Honors Summer Program in Scotland.
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