Not So MovingFeet Anymore

The first thought I had after stepping on Dutch grounds was sh*t, I won’t be able to really travel for the next year and a half. Walking through Schiphol, seeing all those people ready for take-off, hours away from their next big adventure, made me green of jealousy. At first. 5 Steps later and the calm sea of home washed over me. This was where I needed to be right now.
Tomorrow I have been home for exactly two weeks and it’s like I never left. My flat is exactly the same again, my friends are still by my side and I already have my job back. School starts Tuesday and I’ve been living in a haze. I’ve had time to settle in, see my friends and hang out with my new boyfriend.
My new boyfriend who took the week off to hang out with me, to spend some time together. Walking through the city, a day trip snowboarding, cooking, lying on the couch watching films, seeing friends, just being together.
So now I have written and finished another chapter in my life, ready to begin a new one. Taking parts of previous chapters with me, leaving things behind and adding new stories.
From being a girl that was running away from her life, to being a girl that wants to face life full on. I’m ready to be home and most importantly, stay home. I want to finish my degree, build a base here. No more running away from now on.
My dear followers, this doesn’t mean my feet won’t be moving again. The places might not be far from my home for now, but adventure can be just around the corner.
MovingFeet - Snowboarding

An Ode to Aberdeen

My dearest Aberdeen,

Tonight is my last night sleeping on your lovely grounds. Tomorrow I will set foot back on home land. You have put me through hell and heaven and here is my ode to you.

I was amazed by your gray streets. The sunshine and rain you gave me the first few days made me see the streets in all its beauty and ugliness. The granite your houses are built of, sparkle in the sun and make a gray day even more depressing. Little castle-like buildings made me realize I was actually in Scotland.

The mountains and hills surrounding you are absolutely stunning. I loved being so close to the sea. In the few months I was here, I have seen more sunshine than rain which was a total surprise to me! This allowed us to enjoy all the little trips we made to see those mountains, hills and sea in beautiful sunlight.

No matter how ugly some of your residents are, they are one of the nicest people I have come across. Always willing to help, wishing you a nice day and in for a small talk. Just sitting on the bus into town hearing them speak in that heartwarming accent always put a smile on my face.

One thing that made my jaw drop, happened when I was waiting for my bus. There was no pushing, no angry looks, only a neat line of people, patiently waiting their turn to enter the bus. No matter how much it was raining. I might have made some people angry by not realizing there was a queue the first few times, I apologize for that!

The contrasts between people here made me think of the city in a different way. The homeless people sitting on the streets till the sun comes up and the shiny new cars driving by, showing off. This all because of the oil that is hidden just off shore. Giving people great lives, attracting the less fortunate.

The thing I want to thank you most for, is what you have taught me over the last few months. Never have I had such a hard time at some occasions here. Somehow, somewhere, I found the strength to hold on and never give up. You showed me how much I can do and I will always be grateful for that.

This is not a goodbye, this is a see you again sometime. Although I loved the snow the last few days, we didn’t get to go on our little road trip because of it. This means I have to come back to see all the things I still want to see! Hereby I promise you, I will be back one day.

So thank you once again. I can’t wait to go home, but you will always have a special place in my heart. I will miss you Aberdeen.

Love,

Kyley

MF- Last day Aberdeen

 

 

Back in Aberdeen

Christmas is over, New Years has gone by and I’m back in Aberdeen. Time to get serious and start my exam preparation! I’m just having a little trouble concentrating.. I just finished my third cup of coffee and can’t find my concentration anywhere. Everything distracts me and I find myself doing anything but studying..

So I might as well put my time to some use and write!

MF - Christmas dinner

Being home for Christmas gave me space to breathe again, relax and live my life. 19 People at one big table, enough wine, a 5 course dinner and the traditional singing of childhood songs gave me the ultimate Christmas feeling again.

New Years was spent here in Aberdeen with 2 good friends of mine. We read on the internet that Amy McDonald was going to perform at a street party so we wondered down the main street only to find it empty.. The security people hadn’t heard of anything major going on in the streets so we gave up and went to a pub. Later on we found out we were 4 years too late to see Amy McDonald.. Oops! We still had a fun night with a bit of disappointing fireworks but started 2013 as you should: partying it up!

MF - 2013 Sparkles

With only 2 more weeks left in Scotland, 2013 is going to be the year of staying home for me. Being abroad for most of 2012, it is now time for me to be home.

Keep the earth below my feet
From my sweat, my blood runs weak
Let me learn from where I have been

~ Mumford and Sons – Below my feet 

East, West, Home Best

After a birthday beer at the airport with my friend Mike, who I have spend last weekend celebrating our birthdays with, a short flight and a rainy Dutch welcome, my feet have taken me home. 2 Weeks of catching up with my friends and family and all the other joys of being home.

One of the first things I had to do, was say hi to my dad.

MF - Daddy

Now it’s time get my Santa outfit and running shoes on. Running 5K in the cold and rain, but everything for charity! And a little bit for the social side of course.

Happy to be home again!

 

This. Is Scotland.

I had been looking forward to this past weekend for over a month. Not only did this weekend mean it was almost my birthday, I was going to see what all the hype about Edinburgh was.

After witnessing Aberdeen’s hour of horror (between 5 and 6 a.m. Saturday morning), when all the people you see are either too drunk to make it home or still sleep drunk, I made my way to the bus station where I met my fellow city trippers. 3 Hours later, we were walking through the buzzing heart of Edinburgh.

I now can help the hype going for this beautiful city. Walking through the old part it’s like you stepped back in time with buildings like little castles and street performers gathering crowds of people. You can just feel the history and see the stories. This is what I imagined Scotland looked like.

In 2 days we saw almost every tourist attraction we wanted to see. The castle, the cathedral, how they weave kilts, Holyrood palace, a pub on Grassmarket, the Royal Mile, the Edinburgh Vaults, lots of Christmas decorations, lots of fancy warehouses, lots of amazing old architecture, many more things and of course the Christmas market.

MF - Edinburgh 1 MF - Gluhwein MF - Bagpipe MF - Edinburgh MF - Edinburgh castle MF - Kilt weaving MF - Little castle OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA MF - Old City

This is a city where I could see myself living one day. A city well worth visiting. A city I will help to keep the hype alive.