On a bit of a whim, my brother and friends decided to organize a last minute Euro-trip. They arrived in Scotland on a Wednesday and were here through the weekend. Quite fortunately for them, they left Scotland without seeing even a hint of rain or cold. Needless to say, this is quite rare (as I write, it's ~12 degrees and threatening rain). We had an excellent few days, consisting of the exploration of Stirling's nightlife, and trips out to St. Andrews and into Edinburgh.
The trip to St. Andrews was a definite highlight of my time here in Scotland. We hired a car (not 'rented') and drove out to the east coast of the country. It was a beautiful drive in itself, with the destination well worth the trip. Although I'm not exactly a golf nut, I do certainly appreciate the history involved in visiting the home of golf. We walked the entire Old Course, reliving some of the legendary moments that the course has played host to.
|A framer with my bro on at the Old Course|
|At the famous Swilcan Bridge|
I've done a fair bit of exploring some of the local terrain outside of Stirling. Stirling is known as the 'gateway to the Highlands' and as such as prime access to some pretty spectacular hills. The highest I've gone to date is to the peak of Ben Lomond (3,196 ft).
|Atop Ben Lomond, with Loch Lomond in the background|
|Atop Dumyat, about 5 minutes from my flat|
Work-wise, I've been spending quite a bit of time recently at Commonwealth House, the home of the Glasgow 2014 Organizing Committee. Last week, G2014 hosted several of the European Commonwealth Games Associations for a training workshop on the online Games management system, Zeus. It was great to get to know some of the CGAs from this part of the world, as Scotland was joined by representatives from Wales, Northern Ireland, England and Isle of Man. It's interesting to note that despite very unique challenges faced by each country, the Games preparation process is essentially the same world-wide.
Shockingly enough, I'm already halfway through my placement in Scotland, and have just two months to go before moving on to Singapore! To cap off my time in the UK, I've booked my travel down to London for the final weekend of the Games in August. I'm looking forward to cheering on fellow 'nisher Eric Gillis in the men's marathon. Let me know if you will be in London during this time, would love to meet up with as many people as possible!