Top 15 things I will not miss about Scotland:1. Seagulls of abnormally large size that rampage around Hillhead and campus and try to eat my macaroni pies.
2. The uselessness of my cheap umbrella in the rain.
3. Philosophy tutorials where no one speaks and I can hear my watch ticking.
4. Professors who say, "George Washington was a dumbass," and "America never had an Enlightment."
5. Walking 20 minutes to lecture up a steep hill that, contrary to popular belief, does not become easier after walking it over and over.
6. Drunk older men whistling. And drunk everyone. By 6PM.
7. The lack of Northern Michigan stars. Although once in a great while a few would spring out and make me smile.
8. Having to calculate how much I'm actually spending due to the blasted exchange rate. Example: "Only 10 pounds!" Oh wait, that's like $16.
9. Paying 30 pence to use a "toilet." Oh dear.
10. Sinks that only have a I'll-singe-your-skin-off faucet and a hypothermia-is-grand faucet. It is a skill and an art to use two faucets and attempt to mix them. And getting burned is an everyday occurence... in the literal sense of course.
11. Essay exams that count for 50% and 60% of my grade, taken in an impersonal room of 400 students. And no, you don't know the questions before hand. Fly by the seat of yo ..trousers!
12. If you say pants, it should be clear that you are talking about underwear. That way, when you yell, "Wait, I can't come out yet! I have no pants on!" from the GAP dressing room, you don't feel so embarrassed. Also, don't yell "Paragraphs without periods!" at the airport bus stop. You will have just yelled, "Paragraphs without menstrual cycles!" Say end stop. Always say end stop.
13. Having to look every single way (left, right, up, down, around, backwards) to cross the street. Instead of feeling like drivers should be on the left, I now feel that drivers are anywhere and everywhere and I must sprint around looking every way to cross a street
14. Having to communicate with the people I love over skype. Their faces in computer screens are far from ideal.
15. I will not miss missing people from home.
Top 15 things I will miss about Scotland:1. Living 25 seconds from my best friend and taking naps in her room from 7PM-8PM when homework isn't the priority and too much daydreaming makes me sleepy.
2. The way the daffodils seem to stare you in the face and yell, "GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE!"
3. Green, green, and more green. The shire has been my home and the comfort of the trees and the river and the benches and the clouds off the sea. These are things I can't forget.
4. Beautiful people from places around the entire world. Lithuania, Germany, Czech Republic, France, Scotland, England, South Africa, Belgium, Latvia, Switzerland... all with their own stories. I've been blessed enough to hear a few.
5. Closing the 3,613 mile gap with the noise of the the mailbox slot.
6. The atmosphere of a good ole' pub and having the giggles from yummy cocktails. And having my first drinking experiences in a country where they do it right. Slain's Castle, ftw.
7. Hearing bagpipes on the way to class and spotting men in kilts. Yes, kilts are sometimes funny. Mostly though, they are just legit.
8. Running through castles and embarrassing your best friend as a weekly experience.
9. Feeling alone and alive and all things standing in a valley, surrounded by mountains.
10. 288A: My small, picture-filled, thought-filled room. My favorite room I've ever had in my life.
11. Learning that traveling is not so much stressful as it is hilarious. Lochs, castles, cathedrals, mountains, valleys, cities, views. Also, traveling with your best friend is nothing but wonderful. Even if you have to keep a death grip on the map.
12. Tattered maps. Campus maps, London maps, bus-route maps. Tattered because they've been used. And kept in a drawer because they aren't needed anymore.
13. The tree outside my window that I've watched grow and change with every season. On January 29th, it was covered in snow. In April, pink flowers. In June, green again. Always back to green.
14. Secret thinking spots where I've sat and wondered how I came to be in Scotland, why I came to be in Scotland, and how none of those questions really even matter because here I am. And although it hasn't always been easy, I wouldn't change a single thing. Not one.
15. I will miss feeling at home in a country with my best friend, surrounded by the most beautiful woods and sunsets, with more questions that answers, more doodles than homework, the largest range of emotions, the deepest joys that come with feeling alive, and the tears that come with being so far away. I will miss Scotland and every memory that goes along with it.
I can't believe I only have three more days. Three days to say goodbye.