Tag: Scotland

Making Plans

Hey Everyone!

I know I recently made a blog post about places I wanted to go hiking, and I have gotten thinking about the places, that don’t necessarily include hikes, or are not hiking specific that I want to go visit, and see.

I have been interested in, and loved exploring the old ghost towns, and restored ghost towns of the American and Canadian West. This began the first time I had visited Barkerville, British Columba, in Canada. I would love to go back to Barkerville again, now that I am an adult.

I am fascinated by old places, as of yet, I am a die hard urban explorer, but I do love seeing these old places, that have a history, and at one time were living, breathing towns that were bustling with life. Then for whatever reason these places became abandoned, and go from bustling to nothing. I don’t believe in ghosts or paranormal, yet I do believe that the places still hold memories of the people who lived there, which is eerie in and of itself. I know buildings aren’t alive like humans are,  but there is just something about old, abandoned places, where human life has left an imprint.

Some old Ghost Towns I would love to visit include:
Bannock, Montana
Bodie, California
Tombstone, AZ
Virginia City, Nevada
Goldfield, Nevada
Barkerville, British Columbia

Idaho Silver Mining Towns such as:
Chesterfield Historic Town Site
Wallace Area
Bayhorse Ghost Town and Trails
Silver Valley Historical Area
Custer Historic Mining Town
Silver City Historical Area
Idaho City Historical Area
Sierra Silver Mine Tour

On a less creepy, old, scary note other places I want to go visit include:

Going back to New York City, two more times, once when the weather is decent and warm enough to go see all the sights, and the second time, being sometime between Thanksgiving and mid December. I want to see the skating rink and the tree in Rockefeller center, as well as everything decorated up for Christmas.

I want to visit Vermont, New Hampshire, or Maine in the fall and see what all the fuss about Autumn in New England is all about, especially since fall is my favorite season.

I also want to go to Disneyland in October to see it decorated all up for Halloween, as well as in December, to see it all decorated for Christmas. One of these trips (Probably the October Trip), I would love to go back to San Diego. I didn’t get to see as much as I wanted to the first time.

I would also love to be able to spend a Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in London. I would love to attend the Midnight Mass at Westminster Abbey, that begins Christmas Eve night and goes into Christmas Morning, as well as attend a Christmas Service on Christmas Morning. Then head up to Scotland, and stay through New Years (which would include my birthday), before coming back to the States.

I would also love to visit Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier National Park, Denali National Park, see the Great Smoky Mountains, as well as Nashville.

There is a lot I want I want to see, but nothing that can’t be done in my life time, yet still be able to put down roots somewhere, and have a home of my own. At worst be able to do some urban homesteading, at best have a bit of property and do a bit more intensive homesteading.

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Watching History Happen

Yesterday, I was glued to the BBC poll results webpage, as well as twitter as I watched for the results from the Independence Referendum in Scotland slowly start to trickle in. I still may see an Independent Scotland in my life time, but for now Scotland remains part of the United Kingdom. The final result was 55% for the no’s and 45% for the yes. There was also a overwhelmingly strong voter turn out at or above 85%.

Here are some of the things I took away from this election, as well as elections within my own country:

  • The need for the electoral college makes no sense (lets not forget the 2000 Presidential election here in the US)
  • Waiting until AFTER the polls close to start releasing the official results for each council/state/province is highly effective, and helps ensure that voter’s won’t be swayed by early results that may not be accurate.

I am fully aware of the fact that 307 years ago in 1707, Scotland chose to join the United Kingdom. I am not refuting that fact. Why I wanted to see Scotland become its own country, is because it is not the 18th century anymore, it is the 21st. The world is a completely different place now that it was then, and I believe that Scotland could and would make it on its own.

From what I am seeing, and the breakdown of the votes by age group, this is just the beginning. We will be seeing more from Scotland in the future.

It's Almost Here!

I have literally been on edge the past couple of days keeping up with what is going on with the Scottish Independence Referendum vote that is taking place today (their time). It may be weird or crazy for those who don’t know me that I am keeping such a close watch on Scotland when I am not a British citizen or even a citizen of a commonwealth or EU country. I have been following this since I found out about it because I have been interested in Scotland and their culture and so on and so forth (as I have Scottish (as well as English and Welsh)  ancestry, but not enough to actually work in my favor for immigration purposes).

During my senior year of College (what we call University or Uni over here in the states) the dream was to eventually move to Scotland. That has indefinitely been put on the back burner, do to issues in terms of the only legal way I would have to immigrate would be through marriage, and that has to happen (and may never will). That being said I am still fascinated with their culture and way of life. The whole reason I have wanted to live there, is not because I hate my own country, but rather I want to experience living in a different country, adapting and trying to assimilate into a different culture and way of life. I have no objections to staying in my own country, it is just the anthropologist in me that wants to experience how life is lived somewhere else.

My own country, declared it’s independence from Great Britain in 1776, and It has been even longer than that since Scotland has been it’s own country (1707).

I am also excited to see what happens, to see History in the making.

Scotland!

If you know me at all, you will know that I have wanted to move to Scotland for more than five years now. I did get extremely excited when Jonathan and Anna from the SACCONEJOLYs moved to the London area (its at least the right island, and for the time being still the same country).

This evening I came across this blog, which is written by an American living in Scotland, I got excited. I don’t know when or how, but I want to move to Scotland myself, and being able to read blogs, watch vlogs, and start preparing myself for it, I get excited about it, and the more pictures I see, the more I am determined to get there. I know it will not be easy, and will be a huge cultural adjustment for myself, but I know that I can do it. Not only just for the experience, but for the opportunity to give my children a better education (in a country where there is not a school shooting every time you turn on the news.

I have been going into the prospect and preparing myself that the experience will change me, and that I am going there to fit into their culture, not to change it, or to stick out.

I know that the easiest way to move there legally would be to marry who had British nationality, and that it may or may not happen, but even if I can’t actually move there, I definitely want to visit.

Top 10 Places I want to Travel to

There are several places I have been wanting to travel to for years, and have yet to actually visit.

1. Inverness & Fort William, Scotland

2. Glasgow, Scotland

3. Edinburgh, Scotland

4. London, England

5, Ketchikan, Alaska (USA)

6. The Australian Outback (via Sydney or Darwin)

7. Jerome, Arizona

8. Bannack, Montana

9. Salzburg, Austria

10. Go on a Safari either in the Maasai Mara (Kenya) or Kruger National Park (South Africa)

The One Place I Want to Go Before I Die

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One thing that has come to mind lately, now that I have been back to normal life and home from Canada, where I spent the week leading up to my cousin’s wedding again, is that I am ready for another real adventure, only downside to that, is that I can’t afford it. Beings that I just started a new job about a month and a half ago, after being unemployed for quite a while, that actually going somewhere is put on hold for the time being.

If I could afford to go anywhere, right here, right now, I would grab my passport, buy some plug adapters, pack my backpack, and fly to Scotland. Scotland is at the top of my list of places I want to go, and I have been wanting to go to Scotland so bad for at least the last four years. Everytime I hear someone talking about where in Scotland they went, or their trip to Scotland, or see pictures or movies that were filmed there (Braveheart is one that comes to mind), it reignites the fire that was lit under to go to Scotland. Even when I hear people talking about their trips to other areas in the U.K. I want to pack myself in their suitcase and go with them.

Some of my ancestors came over to the States from the U.K., particularly Scotland and England during the 19th century, I guess that has a bit to do with it, but not completely. I want to learn about their culture, by experiencing it, and seeing it first hand. I also just want to get out and go somewhere, as well as get out of my shell and comfort zone of my own country. I also want to learn more about their history, as it is part of my history in many ways by actually seeing the places first hand, up close and personal.