Standing Where Historical Figures Once Stood

By Winston T. ’23
Photos by Winston T. ’23 and Ms. Formando

During spring break, 16 eighth graders went on a thrilling adventure into the Scottish Lowlands. We returned with a greater understanding of Scottish culture and history as we explored historic cities and castles, food, and learning from a Kelvinside Academy community very similar to LCDS’.

On Saturday morning, everyone met up with their host families and discussed what they would all do the next day. Some went to Loop and Scoop, a delicious ice cream bar, while some went bowling. Some went to museums, while some just simply slept in.

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On Monday, we explored student life in Kelvinside Academy. Kelvinside is very much like LCDS in its very welcoming community, small class size, and curriculum. Its dress code, however, is very unlike LCDS’. It’s very formal and consists of a white button-down collared shirt, a necktie, and a blue blazer for boys and girls alike expect for the boys wearing black pants and the girls wearing kilts.

The next day, Country Day and Kelvinside students toured the city of Glasgow. We first visited the Riverside Museum, which houses the Glasgow Museum of Transport and showcases antique cars and buses, as well as a model of an old street.

The next day was very rainy and we took a bus to Stirling Castle. Old stone and big pillars surrounded every angle when standing in the castle. From there we could see the National Wallace Monument, a tower atop Stirling Hill, standing in the fog.

A long bus ride the following morning brought us to Loch Lomond, where we hiked up Conic Hill and had a spectacular view of the loch. Then came the saddest part of the trip. We had to leave our host families. After the big hugs and many tears, we got on the train to Edinburgh.

The beautiful, old city of Edinburgh was a visually striking sight. After some minor mishaps with hotel location, we all went out for a delicious dinner and then a spooky ghost tour in the city’s catacombs.

On Friday, we toured the beautiful Edinburgh Castle and stood where historical figures once stood. Alas, our trip to Scotland was soon to became history too, and that night we had to start packing for the end of the adventure.

Early the next morning, we got on the bus to the airport and started to tear up. As we sat on plane that would fly us home, we all gathered the happy memories and said, “We’ll miss you Scotland, but we’ll be back someday.”