Thursday, February 23, 2006

Tell them Scotland is free

After an incredible, three-hour train journey from York to Glasgow (if you have the time and inclination, I recommend that you always travel by train in the UK...especially if you're from North America...there's nothing like looking out of a train window to see, oh, a CASTLE on a random hill) I have arrived. YWAM Seamill. For a period of time, I had Seamill's Arran Lounge as my desktop picture when I worked at the Television Bureau of Canada. Now, I drink tea in the Arran Lounge.

I can feel a shift when I travel past England's borders. Now I want to be careful in addressing this phenomenon becaue I love England and have many English friends but, spiritually and emotionally-speaking, I feel more free in Ireland and Scotland. I always have. Maybe it's due to my distant Scottish/Irish heritage. Maybe, as a Canadian, I feel an affinity with people groups who live in the shadow and dominance of bigger, stronger, more well-known countries.

In any case, Scotland is just as gorgeous as I left it, almost six years ago. Seamill makes a good example of rugged, Scottish beauty: within view of a glen, a river, the ocean, the Island of Arran, and a small mountain range. My family is coming to visit in a few days, and I'm really not sure who will be more excited, my 13-year-old brother or my dad.

11 comments:

A.J. said...

I must say I too love Scotland, and Scottish men for that matter.... especially my Scottish man! Say hello to Scotland for me (I am sure the entire country misses me by now as it's been 4 weeks at least since I was there)

Sarah-Aubrey said...

Mmm...Scotsmen...

I've told you how all we need is to have Alyn cloned and then you guys could, like, sell off the clones. You'd make a killing. I'd buy one.

How is it that you're suddenly "AJ Jones avec picture" instead of "Random Blogger avec no picture"?

Mimo said...

Hi Sarah!

Wow..I've never been to Seamill base but thought of visiting. Next time I'm in Scotland! Yey, land of the free and the brave! Hi from me too, it's been over two years pour moi. Hey, did you do your DTS there or are you from there? (I'm confused by the dad/brother comment) Hmmm, maybe I'll email you!

Ps. By the way, did you know that the motto of Glasgow University is "Via Veritas vita" meaning "The Way The Truth The Life" it's carved on its gates..interesting isn't it.

robtegelberg said...

i am soooo freaken jellous. i want to go there. sarah send me a million bucks and ill come visit you.
rob

Sarah-Aubrey said...

My mom, dad and brother are coming to Scotland to visit next week and, no, none of us are Scottish by birth. My brother and dad will be out-of-their-minds excited primarily due to an obsession with everything medieval (brother) and an obsession with our faint Scottish lineage (father).

My mom will appreciate the ocean.

Sarah-Aubrey said...

Rob, did you just spell jealous: "jellous"?

Nikolas said...

I don't have anything interesting to say. I just want to join in on the commenting.

andrew said...

that's just like you, nik. just like you.

Andrew G said...

ok,

i also think that your mom and dad are the coolest people on Earth... give Dad a high five for me, ok?

Anonymous said...

I love you sarah !! You have such beautiful blonde hair and blue eyes ! aaahhh...i wish i could come up to you and just say how beautiful you look !

Sarah-Aubrey said...

Whoa...random commenter. And posted on a blog eons old. Care to reveal your identity, random commenter?