Why Scotland?

Dunnottar Castle, Aberdeenshire

There are 196 countries in this great big world.  So, ‘why Scotland?’ you might ask.  Well, it all began with a thumbnail.  Not mine.  I’m talking about an itty bitty image that appeared on my computer screen the night I was searching for vacation rentals.  My husband and I had been exploring various destinations for a milestone wedding anniversary and for months we had tossed around all the usual suspects…Hawaii, Alaska, a cruise of some sort, the islands, etc.  Having never traveled anywhere more exciting than the white sandy beaches of the Florida Panhandle (ok, we DID go to Winnipeg a couple times but I’m not sure that counts), we weren’t sure where we should go.  But then one dark winter evening as I sat absent-mindedly perusing VRBO (my favorite place to go when we need a rental-seriously, if you haven’t used it, do), a tiny image of a lovely stone manor house-a tower house actually- caught my attention.  I clicked on that picture and was presented with an image of the Pilrig House in Edinburgh, Scotland.  Huh, I wasn’t even looking at listings for Scotland.  Strange.  My interest was certainly piqued so I took a closer look at it, wandered over to their beautiful web site, and as the woman said in When Harry Met Sally, “At that moment I knew.  I knew the way you know about a good melon.”  I sent my husband a text, told him where I knew we were going, and that was all she wrote!

Except that wasn’t all she wrote.  For I had no idea at the time what kind of impression Scotland was to make on me.  It was my first trip to Europe and maybe that had something to do with it. Or maybe my soul just finally found its way home.  Either way, I fell head-over-heels for this beautiful country.  It’s fair to say that I am mildly-well maybe moderately obsessed.  And so that is where this blog comes in.  And you, my new readers!  You get to be a part of something that is very personal to me.  I look forward to growing this blog and sharing with you some of my best experiences, photos, travel tips, and favorite places and sites.  We’ll talk food and whisky (oh yeah!) and literature and music and history and anything else Scottish related that comes to mind.  I’m glad you’re here and if you love Scotland as much as I do, then Fàilte!



6 thoughts on “Why Scotland?

  • Hey Wendy,
    I wanted to let you know about a spiritual retreat that’s being offered on the Isle of Skye. My friend from Iona Abbey, Aldo, loves that island and has decided to set up a spiritual retreat there next April. The leader we had for our week at Iona Abbey, Alistair McIntosh from the isle of Lewis, will be the leader for the retreat in April. He was excellent in his knowledge of Celtic spirituality and his thought-provoking sessions. Here is the website: https://www.thelionsglenn.com
    Best to you and those who love Scotland,

      • Yeah, I wish I could go–but between getting my ‘book baby’ published and my new grandbaby, I don’t think I can be away next April. Hope you or some of your Followers may be able to take advantage of this opportunity. Best to you, Connie

      • How did I miss that you are publishing a book? That’s wonderful, Connie! When will it be making its debut? Sounds like your life is extra full of exciting adventures right now.

      • Hey Wendy,
        Yeah, I’ve been working on it a while–a memoir about my journey through a toxic job and breast cancer and my “unexpected arrival at healing and wholeness. It will include my first seven solo journeys. It’s in the copy edit and cover design phase. I’m going to start including info about the release through emails. If you’d like to receive those, just subscribe to my blogsite with your email and you’ll get those updates. Thanks for asking, Wendy!

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