It has been over a year since we left Australia and while we have had a lot of fun, there are things that I miss – and there is probably nothing I miss more than my friends and family. Luckily, one of my closest friends decided to escape the Aussie heat for a couple of months and hung out in London with me.
As expected, the two months passed by all too quickly, so we decided to spend our last week together by embarking on a Great Britain road trip. Starting in Edinburgh, the plan was to visit parts of Scotland, Wales and England, and that’s exactly what we did.
After a stay in the imposing, but impressive, Scottish capital, we headed to Melrose Abbey for a dose of history, and, of course, a few photo opportunities. Luckily, it didn’t disappoint.
The Abbey was fascinating and while it is sad that such amazing architecture is disappearing, it is also nice to see nature fight back and have a win every now and then.
Next stop was Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery and Guesthouse, where we decided to spend a night. Yes, you read that right, a Buddhist monastery in south Scotland!
Our stay involved attending silent prayers in evening, eating simple (but tasty) vegetarian food, waking up early for Green Tara prayers (at 6am) and coping with the lack of phone reception and wifi. I say “coping”, but it was actually really lovely to switch off and slow down for a little while. None of the prayer sessions are compulsory, but it felt appropriate to attend at least one. And I am glad we did, it reminded of how much I love Nepal – somewhere I really must go back to.
Feeling relaxed and centred, we left the Monastery, and Scotland, behind and headed to the Lake District… but I will leave that for my next post.
Camera: Olympus OMD EM5 and iPhone SE
Lens: Olympus 14-42mm f3.5-5.6