field journal // .08 – musselburgh, scotland

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The best part of study abroad is definitely the abroad part. The worst is the studying. No one wants to do school in the summer, let alone when you’re in a brand new part of the world. We’ve managed to sneak away every night so far to do something fun or explore though, so I guess it isn’t so bad. Taking a wee holiday by the sea or going to an ice cream shop in towns with names like Musselburgh or Wallyford sounds like something out of a movie, not real life.

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For all that complaining, though, class isn’t really that bad. Our professor is one of the most educated and intelligent men I think I’ve ever met, and he manages to relate what we’re studying in Systematic Theology to everything we’re seeing around us in Scotland, the nomadic cultures, the history of druid worship here, the Scottish reformation. I had no idea Scotland had so much rich theology and history! I’ve honestly never given Scotland much thought before. It’s amazing how so much of the world spins on and on, oblivious to everyone else in their own little corners.

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It’s been very eye opening to be here, not because the culture is anything too shocking or new, but just because I’m so quick to forget that the world is so much bigger than the little corners I know. It’s been really fun to get to know some of the Scottish people and see life through their eyes.

The most shocking things so far was this twin scoop ice cream cone we found at one of the shops. This is a game-changer.

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