Welcome to Albuquerque. I sigh with relief. After a long 24 hours of travel, I am finally home. The first thing I plan to do is sleep. For a long, long time.

Aberdeen is seven hours ahead of Albuquerque, which is a lot, but not the worst time difference. Originally, I thought my jet lag wasn’t that bad. Boy, was I wrong. Around four each day, 11 pm in Aberdeen, I would hit a wave of sleepiness that’d drag me into a nap. It didn’t matter if I was lounging on the couch or helping with holiday dinner prep. For a solid five days, I could be found napping in various locations. I’d be up bright and early each morning, no matter what time I went to bed, and later crashed out on the couch. I eventually told my family to not let me nap, despite what I would tell them when they’d try to stop me. I become unreasonable when it comes to sleep, so this was not an easy task. Jet lag is no joke.

Re-adjusting back home has gone relatively smoothly. Other than small things like searching for light switches outside of bathrooms, looking the wrong way first before crossing the street, and expecting the showerhead to automatically turn-off, I fell back into my normal routines with ease. While I was gone, I definitely missed New Mexican food. My first day back I devoured stuffed papas with red and green chile. I ate chile every day for a solid week. But there are things I miss about Aberdeen, and I became slightly homesick for the home I had for the last three and a half months. I missed the way the skies looked right before a rainstorm. The rolling highlands and the lovely people I met. This new homesickness hits almost as hard as any other sickness. 

Studying abroad has been one of the best experiences of my life. The places I’ve seen are some I’ve wanted to since I was a little kid. The people I’ve met have become some of my closest friends. The differences you encounter both with the place and with people challenges your world view. Studying abroad gives you the freedom to explore and forge new paths. It truly is a one-of-a-kind experience and I am eternally grateful for it. 

As promised, here are some pictures of my travels to London and Dublin in December. Some pictures from Scotland are sprinkled in as well.

London Skyline as seen from St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral

Trinity College Library in Dublin

Dublin Castle

River Liffey in Dublin

Loch Ness

The River Ness in Inverness, Scotland

Seaton Park along the path to campus in Aberdeen

This is Devan Eaton signing off from one incredible semester abroad!