Scotland swept me off my feet like a prince does a princess. The medieval castles, deep lochs, mystical highlands—it’s everything a road trip should be. My family and I took a tour around Loch Lomond, to the Trossachs, and it was the beginning of a weeklong Scottish love affair.
I watched Mamma Mia in London’s West End the first month I was studying abroad in London, and there was a line from ABBA’s “Super Trouper” I couldn’t shake off. Donna, the mother, sings about calling one of her lovers from Glasgow. The song was catchy, but all I could think about was how I had never been to Glasgow and how I was in England which wasn’t too far from Scotland and because Scotland was in the U.K. I could actually potentially visit Glasgow because I had the visa for it.
Needless to say, I visited Glasgow.
After studying at Northwestern for two years, I’ve come to know Evanston winters quite well. The days and nights are cold, dull and gloomy. Most of the time, I don’t want to go out and my mood takes a dip. Days go by without seeing the sun and I ask myself if I ever really knew anything else. But sometimes, Northwestern can surprise me.
Photo source: https://saminaik.com/tag/dans-le-noir/
I first found out about Dans le Noir? from the movie “About Time.” In it, Rachel McAdams’s character meets Domnhall Gleeson’s in a restaurant where diners eat in pitch-black. There are no night vision goggles, no candle lights, nothing. In the space between you and everything else, there is only pure darkness.
I never went on any college tours before I applied to schools in the U.S., nor am I a big fan of the tours they run at Northwestern (the dynamics of the Overly Rehearsed Tour Guide, Overly Eager Parent and Overly Uncomfortable Kid just make me, well, uncomfortable). But touring Cambridge felt different.
2016 was a year of travel for me. I visited New York for my birthday, Australia over the summer, and spent the last three months
traveling around the U.K. studying abroad in London. I started this blog, figured out how to take photos, and went on my first solo trip ever. I’m so grateful for all that I’ve seen, and all that I’ve yet to see.
Here are my top 10 photos from 2016.