The Final Countdown

Holy springtime?!

Not entirely sure where the time has gone…so…here I am. In May. With FIVE DAYS to go. Bananas. As if the six month mark has arrived?!

Time to play catch-up since I’ve been majorly slacking in the blog department. For my loyal fans (aka my family members) who read this, here’s your update!

APRIL:

This month was a long, slow, lazy month. If April were a human, it would be like the humans at the end of WALL-E. The ones who can’t move and only get around via chair. There were some highlights of the month though, so it wasn’t completely torturous.

4th– JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE. He’s so grand that he didn’t even need an opening act. Benny, Lucy, Ash and I ventured up to Glasgow’s new SSE Hydro building for the concert of the century. I’m not even sure Beyoncé could be on JT’s level. I mean she probably is, but it was nonetheless, impeccable. The staging was simple and it was truly all about the music, which I loved. There was a full brass band, and I’m betting all those boys who quit playing the trumpet after fifth grade are regretting it now, because those guys on stage were so COOL. JT danced. He sang. I swooned. The usual. He even hit up all the old tunes like Senorita. The only thing that would have made it better is if the rest of N*SYNC showed up for the encore.

My man Benny!

My man Benny!

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Lucy, Ash and I pre-JT.

Lucy, Ash and I pre-JT.

Well hello.

Well hello.

19th-ish– EASTER WEEKEND. We had such a wonderful Easter weekend! I’m always home on Easter due to the fact that my family has done the same things that weekend ever since I can remember so it was definitely strange being away, however, Ash and I rocked Easter. Ash baked a cake and I baked cookies from scratch and used cookie cutters to make them shaped like bunnies and eggs. We decorated the cookies with vanilla icing and sprinkles. So many sprinkles. We boiled 30 eggs for coloring and were probably the only people who don’t live in America to do so. Mark and Tom came over on Easter Sunday and we got a ball and a Frisbee and frolicked in Pittencrief Park. That night, Catie and Chris from the office came over too and we had a massive dinner. Lasagne, roast potatoes, roast chicken, garlic bread, deviled eggs and veggies. Ash and I also got eachother Easter baskets and ate nothing but candy the entire weekend.

The Easter Bunny found us in Scotland.

The Easter Bunny found us in Scotland.

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MAY:

1st-2nd – Robin and Carl came to play! They are friends from camp and they were vacationing in Copenhagen and Sveeeden but came to see us in Scotland before heading back to London for Robin’s flight back to the states. Ash and I took Friday off of work and we went into Edinburgh for the day and since the weather was PERFECTION we sat and ate outside, got ice cream and hung out with another camp friend Ayley and we even met a new summer 2014 Camp Echo staff member, James Stiles. We went out in Dunfermline later that night and just lazed around the rest of the weekend. Literally didn’t get out of our beds on Sunday. We were in serious relationships with Netflix.

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Robin, Carl, Ash, Steph and I. "Oh excuse me..."

Robin, Carl, Ash, Steph and I. “Oh excuse me…”

Edinburgh!

Edinburgh!

6th-11th-NORVAL TAKEOVER. My parents arrived in the UK! We did everything touristy there is to do in Edinburgh and I loved it because a lot of it, I hadn’t done.

  • The Edinburgh Castle-went inside and I was blown away. An entire town could live in there!
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    This cannon fires off every day at 1! Check my instagram for the video.

    This cannon fires off every day at 1! Check my instagram for the video.

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    The Scotch Whiskey Experience-we even got to taste the whiskey.10308889_10152027513441949_4268680658454131511_n1797340_10152027513311949_2888187806191087412_n

  • Grassmarket
  • Holyrood Castle, which is the summer home of Her Majesty the Queen.10306563_10152027514041949_6487691834741117288_n
  • The Royal Britannia which is the yacht of the royals. Her Majesty the Queen and family always used this for holidays and weddings and honeymoons and more. I learned that the Queen was my brother’s age when she was crowned. That is some Princess Diaries business, right?britannia-450
  • Greyfriars Kirkyard which is a cemetery and J.K. Rowling often walked through there to get inspiration for Harry Potter. HARRY FLIPPING POTTER.10342444_10152027515261949_7706157764366422617_n
  • Rosslyn Chapel which is where parts of the Da vinci Code was filmed and is said to be the location of the Holy Grail.10154900_10152027517236949_7877216878158137702_n
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10th– EKU Graduation day! After five year, I managed to graduate from EKU. I was a little sad about not being there to walk with the friends from my major, but I still feel accomplished. I will be officially done in August. Will be strange not having to go to class in September, but I am so looking forward to that!10270689_10152027516571949_8925512085714060706_n

12th– Wicked! All of us girls from the office went to Glasgow and saw Wicked! This was my fourth time, still loved every second of it. Ash had never seen it so watching her figure everything out was so funny.10294298_10152027517576949_3140150417924986796_n

Ella, Jenny, Steph and I before the show.

Ella, Jenny, Steph and I before the show.

16th-Wild Packs end of season celebration. We all went into Edinburgh after work on Friday and went to a ceilidh and then off to a nightclub and danced until dawn. It was a good way to finish out the season with everyone and we definitely made some solid memories. Those memories were really hitting us hard the next day…

This taxi driver h8ed us...

This taxi driver h8ed us…

Chris and I.

Chris and I.

My wee Irish gem, Jenny.

My wee Irish gem, Jenny.

Steph Mc.Stepherson.

Steph Mc.Stepherson.

Ella!

Ella!

20th– I got my fourth tattoo courtesy of Pagan Ink in Dunfermline. I think it speaks for itself.BoG0PxVIAAETj9z

22nd-Today. Here I am. 5 days left in the UK for a while.  I have to say, it isn’t exactly what I expected, but I’ve truly enjoyed myself and done things I wouldn’t normally do. I am very excited to get back to the states and get to camp but this place, and its people will definitely be missed. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything in the world and I am incredibly grateful to have been given such an opportunity. The people who I have been surrounded by the past months have made a large impact, and it will be so hard to be away from them! Not entirely sure when I’ll be back to the UK, but I will eventually. I’ve got big things planned. For now? I’m looking forward to my first 10K in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival on Saturday,  flying home on Tuesday, family vacation Wednesday, and then New York for the summer. Perhaps I’ll keep bloggin, we shall see how busy things get.

This park is one of my favorite places in Dunfermline.

This park is one of my favorite places in Dunfermline.

Ill miss these girls. Missing Hannah and Catie in this photo.

Ill miss these girls. Missing Hannah and Catie in this photo.

I will miss this dog, Murphy.

I will miss this dog, Murphy.

What team? WILDPACKS.

What team? WILDPACKS.

NEXT STOP: SUMMER CAMP.

I leave you with this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oluTLUjSWVc

Until next time,

Kal

“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and the desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” -E.B. White

 

 

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