The Final Lap

The Final Lap

By Sarah Staelgraeve

The vibes were low early Sunday as we had to depart London, the magnificent city that we spent the majority of our time at abroad. We lugged our suitcases up the Edinburgh train station stairwell, exhausted yet relived as we reached our final destination. The weather welcomed us with grey skies, extra fog and a little bit of drizzling rain. It wasn’t ideal to step into this chilly forecast, but the beauty of Edinburgh, Scotland managed to peep through. Everywhere I looked, there were tall hills and old buildings that looked like castles. The fog gave it all a mystic Game-of-Thrones feel.

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here is our final home for the trip – dorms at the University of Edinburgh

Today, we were up and at it by 10 AM. The first stop of the day was to listen to a video game expert, Brian Baglow. He was extremely passionate about the world of gaming, and that kind of passion is important for young people about to start their careers. You have to be passionate and love what you do in order to get great results. He explained to us that often, video games aren’t presented in the media in a fair light. People tend to think they are only for angry young men who mope around in their homes all day and night. This is not the case, and as we advance more an increasing number of people are starting to realize it. Technology is always changing and people in the video game industry must always be on their toes, preparing for the next latest and greatest advancement. This is also true of any person working in mass media, especially when discussing technology. Just think of the changes that have resulted from radio, TV, the internet and social media.Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 7.38.16 PM

In the afternoon we went to Kinloch Anderson (check it out!), a kilt store that makes kilts for the royal family. The store has been in the same family for many years, and they take pride in making fabulous hand-sewn kilts and now other items such as purses, skirts for women, sweaters, etc. The passion and tradition cause clearly evident in the store, something loved by the people of Scotland.

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* Que a text from my Dad trying to be funny saying “did you get me one”? * No, Dad.

I feel very blessed to be in Scotland on this chilly June Monday. The final lap has began – see you soon America!

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