No, I mean it. In a shocking feat of bravery, this American is venturing beyond her borders this summer, proving that there are a chosen few of us who do have a passport and do realize that there is something else out there. Whoa. Yeah, I know, I probably just blew your mind.
In all seriousness and without any attempt at disguising my native cynicism, my country wouldn’t have such a bad name when it came to their approach to other countries if it weren’t based in reality. Less than 18% of us even own a passport. How sad. There’s a big wide world out there, and it’s really quite lovely.
So, where am I headed, you ask? Well, it’s back to the motherland for me! Scotland, to be specific. I’m taking a much needed (though ill-afforded) 10 day adventure to clear my head and refocus on following my bliss. It couldn’t come at a better time. I found a relatively cheap flight — I say relatively because dear lord, when did airfare taxes start doubling the cost of a ticket? It wasn’t quite double, but close. The taxes were a full 60-70% of my ticket cost. That’s pretty outrageous.
Anyway, it’s been almost three and a half years since I’ve been back to bonnie Scotland, and it’s high time that got fixed. So I’m off while I have a wee bit of free time. It’ll also give me a chance to fine-tune some of the Scotland descriptions in my novels. I don’t think they’re bad now, but refreshing my own memory can’t hurt. maybe I’ll even find some new ones. I do have a sneaking suspicion that I know where all of the big plot to-do’s are going to come to a head, and this trip will give me a chance to explore it and record the necessary impressions I get of the place. I have two options for it, so we’ll see which one wins out, shall we? I cannot wait.