Forgive me, but my words haven’t returned to me entirely just yet. Since leaving Scotland, I’ve been in this strange state, making it difficult to determine if my time there was a dream or if this life I returned to is where I sleep.
Scotland was beautiful. Breath-taking. Magic. As I drove beyond the limits of Edinburgh, into the countryside, the buildings gave way to fields of heather. It draped the mountains in its purple, and in the afternoon, the sunlight caught it in such a way that I thought I would lose myself to the land right then.
And I did lose my heart there. Eleven days, over 2400 miles, and more than 1300 photographs later, I can tell you that it has changed me. It has left me with secrets and given me stories, all of which I will share with you in time.
But first, I still need to shake the tears from my eyes and recenter myself here.
17 thoughts on “The Return”
Oh, that coming back to earth with a thud. Despite losing your words, you have expressed this so beautifully, poignantly. It’s like you have articulated to a tee my own feelings on returning from solitary travel a little while ago. And oh, the light! The open, purple air in these photographs! I am in awe.
I can’t wait to hear all of your stories & see your photos from your adventures in Scotland! Gosh, it seems so magical.
YES! I knew you would fall in love like I did! Isn’t it the most magical place? There’s a secret in Scotland, in their heather and fields, and I love it when other people discover it also.
To hear how it transformed you, to bask in the stories, to glow in the newness.
But, I’m off to SouthEast Asia for two weeks in a few days. So, I’m going to guess I’ll need to loop back to you with my own stories in October. Ha!
It looks as though I need to make my way up to Scotland soon. I’ve heard many lose their heart to the country. I’m so happy to hear you had an amazing time and were able to take in all the mesmerizing beauty and I’m looking forward to hearing more!
The vacation blues are the worst! Glad to hear you had an amazing time there – these photos are absolutely stunning!
breathtaking. i can only imagine the stories, the secrets, the awakening that has taken place…
Hello Brandi! It’s Smallburst:) I’ve been so out of the loop. I loved being greeted by the breathtaking photos of Scotland. I hope you share more pictures of your trip. Can’t wait to hear about the food:)
It looks so incredible there, agh, I can’t keep adding places to my list like this. And thank you for the email, I promise you I’ll respond :)
Gorgeous photos! Can’t wait to hear more about this indescribably beautiful & meaningful trip … :)
So beautiful. I can’t wait to hear all about it. Keep some of those secrets to yourself though… some things are much sweeter that way!
I’m glad that you’re home, Brandi. But I sort of wish you were still there. It seems like it’s become a part of you… And I’m certain you’ll go back.
I can’t wait to hear more.
Welcome home, Miss Brandi! I can only imagine the tales you’ll have to tell us. Having been to Scotland myself I know only too well the gloriously haunting beauty of that place. In some ways, I should probably say, “Sorry you’re home.” xo UB :)
Coming back to reality is always the toughest part! Beautiful photos…
glad to hear it was so wonderful. you so deserved it.
Sounds like such an amazing trip! I can’t wait to see more gorgeous pictures!
ha… i’m reading the posts backwards and now i see that it really was magic:)