After several weeks, I am comfortable here. And by comfortable, I mean “settled in and at ease,” not “willing to stay longer than I am committed to.”

A few quick tidbits on the past 2 weeks of my life:

  • I have had two basketball games (I didn’t have to go to initiation)
  • I have not shaved my facial locks
  • I have created a weekly food and travel budget
  • I travelled to Stonehaven, which I will discuss for the remainder of the post

As previously stated, I took a trip to Stonehaven 2 weeks ago. This was about a 15 minute train ride. This was my first train ride. And I loved it. Once at Stonehaven, I didn’t know where to go, so I just started walking. My goal was to make it to Dunnottar Castle. As I walked down a street, my eyes lit up as I saw a beautiful structure on a distant hill, which was covered in round bales. It was unexpected and breathtaking. I immediately thought to myself, I have to get up there. I continued walking south, with the ocean as my guide, toward the castle. Luckily, the same path that heads toward the castle, first passes Stonehaven’s war memorial, which was the structure I saw on the hill. As I stood next to the memorial and looked in every direction, all I could do was thank God for allowing me to witness such beauty. I joyously continued on down the winding path, which edged up on a cliff near the ocean. Next, I approached a field of cows. This was also very lovely, for if you don’t know, I grew up working with cattle. My heart was so happy. I felt at home. I continued on my long trek and finally approached the castle, which was situated quite high up on a hill, overlooking the ocean. It was basically just ruins, but has been taken care of and had nice maps and descriptions of each building inside. To my understanding, William Wallace attacked it at some point and burnt the chapel inside down, but I do not know much more on the history of the castle.

To sum it all up, I had a great time. It was beautiful. Pictures don’t do it justice, but I will still share some below.













  • October 23, 2013 Reply


    Love your description of your travel. You are a very good writer. The pictures are absolutely beautiful, you are also a good photographer. Glad to hear you are comfortable, will be glad when you are home. Love Ya!

  • October 23, 2013 Reply

    grandma sam

    Isaac photos are amazing. What a great opportuniy. You describe everything do well, makes me think I would like to be there walking with you. Can’t wait to get you back home. Love…

  • October 24, 2013 Reply


    Nice!! Our cows much nicer! Love you!!

  • October 24, 2013 Reply


    The photographs are stunning. What a blessing to be able to see that part of the world. I am glad to hear you are enjoying your time there. You are greatly missed back in the U.S. We all love you.

  • October 24, 2013 Reply


    Through your words and photos … I feel like I am right there again!! You had a BEAUTIFUL day. The sky was amazing! What a gift from God!! LOVE YOU SO MUCH and are so very proud of you stepping outside your comfort zone to experience God’s beauty in a whole new culture and land. The memories will last a lifetime. I hope you have many, many more wonderful experiences before you return home. Momma

  • November 10, 2013 Reply

    aunt vicki

    isaac, how wondefully you described it all. you allowed us to “journey” with you. i felt absolutely involved in each and every step. missing you so very much, my precious nephew, but equally thankful for this opportunity for you. much love, aunt vicki

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