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Travel Journal

Edinburgh, Scotland

Megan Schatzman

When I try to describe Scotland, I find myself at a loss for words. The three days I spent in Scotland I caught three of the most breathtaking sunsets I have ever seen, ate some incredible food, and drank some of the finest whiskey.

We took the train from King's Cross, it was quick, affordable and extremely comfortable. Not to mention the views of farmland and the coast were simply mesmerizing. Once we arrived in Edinburgh we stopped at the first restaurant that caught our eye and had lunch. 

For the rest of the day we wandered around town, and eventually made our way up to Edinburgh Castle. One of my favorite aspects of Edinburgh was that the whole city was situated on a hill, it seemed like no matter where you stand there's an amazing view.

Our second day was a tough one because the temperature dropped much lower than we had anticipated, and neither of us were properly dressed for it. We took a Sandeman's walking tour of the city in the morning to get more familiarized with the area. The tour was a great concept, it's paid entirely on tips so you pay what you can afford, or what you feel is appropriate.

After the tour, we desperately needed to warm up and spent a large chunk of time in a cafe chatting over a cup of tea. From there we bounced in and out of stores to keep out of the cold.

Hiking Arthur's Seat came highly recommended, and I'm glad we did because it was the highlight of our trip! It takes about 45 minutes from top to bottom, and if you time it out right you can watch the sun setting from the top. My only advice is to start heading down while the sun is setting not after; there's a few dodgy sections that would be dangerous in the dark.

me, dancing on top of an extinct volcano

Hewitts Farm Pick Your Own - Bromley, UK

Megan Schatzman

As October rolled around I (and my American flatmates) became increasingly homesick for the States; which celebrates Fall like it’s a 3-month-long holiday. We talked at length about our love for apple pies, doughnuts, pumpkins, and all things autumn inspired. One of our friends decided she would take a day trip to a nearby farm to pick apples and pumpkins, and invited us to come along. With a bit of help from search engines we settled on Hewitt’s Farm near Orpington Kent.

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Paris in January

Megan Schatzman

Paris was grey, dreary and bitter cold. It rained, snowed and even hailed. No matter how many layers of clothes I piled on I just couldn’t shake the chill. Yet even the miserable weather couldn't take the magic out of it. There’s something about Paris - maybe it’s the architecture, the food, or the art - the whole city inspires a sense of wonder. 

At night I sat on the wall of the Seine and watched the glittering lights of the Eiffel tower reflect on the water. It was surreal, and magical. 

I spent countless hours at museums, standing mere inches from famous works including the Mona Lisa. It was astounding, and humbling. We are bombarded with photos of famous places and things, so much so it feels like we've all traveled the world. But seeing those things with your own eyes changes them entirely. The same places and objects that everyone recognizes suddenly feel personal, and no photo you could take would ever capture that feeling. 

The highlight of my trip was the view from Montmartre. The fog hanging over Paris limited our view of the city, but for as far as we could see it was breathtaking. I stared as tiny cars buzzed along, little ant people shuffled in and out of bakeries, and lights flicked on and off. It felt as though I was watching the heartbeat of Paris itself.

I spent my last hours in Paris visiting local bakeries and markets. Most people buy a few souvenirs, perhaps a miniature Eiffel tower or a shirt. I flew home with a suitcase full of croissants, pastries and cheeses. Once again my love for food trumps all.