Wednesday, January 18, 2012

{part 6}

Summer 78 (instrumental) by Yann Tiersen on Grooveshark
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we woke on day five in the little pub b&b in nairn. we were exhausted--sleeping over a bar on a saturday night, though our only option, wasn't a great idea. the music, the voices. it's like when you're five and your parents have company but you have to go to bed at 8 still. you don't fall asleep til everyone's gone home. there's something strange about travelling though, about how you can be jet-lagged and sleepless and walk a million miles in the pouring rain and yet as soon as you wake up after a half-sleep, remember where you are and what you're doing, you are un-phased. travelling makes you invincible.

we headed downstairs for the brekkie part of the bed & breakfast.

because it was sunday morning, the first, last, only train out of nairn that day would be the one at 11:50 am. so we headed to the beach.

where i'm from, water is something you only see in taps. in your glass at the dinner table. in a puddle on the street, or in the ditch in the spring. we don't have seas. because of that, i could stand on a beach for hours, just looking at the fantastic amount of water, all in one place, all stretching out and breaking apart and falling back into itself, seamless, edgeless, full of things. life. plants and fish and sharks and deep dark, unexplored places. it's one of those things that people get used to, for sure, but how?

anyway. we used the beach all morning. sat on it. ran across it. walked around it. threw things from it. took pictures of it. and then we wound our way back through nairn, back up side streets and back roads and cobblestones, back to the wee locked-up station, and had a little church service on the deserted train platform.


  1. the music and this post go together flawlessly. :)

  2. Beautiful! You are giving me the travel bug. Which, at almost six months pregnant, does me no good... ;)

  3. I want to move there. That's so beautiful. And look how adorable you are in your little headscarf?! I don't have sea in MT either. So I'm overly amazed by it. How DO you get used to that much water in one place. That essentially doesn't move from its boundaries? Magnificent.

  4. As an Alberta girl I feel the same way about the ocean. I can't sit there and think about it very long or it freaks me out. Same with looking at the sky, outer space is WAY beyond speculation.

  5. you're so pretty Suzy!

  6. haha, thanks sydney! sometimes i feel like a certain song just goes with a certain story... :)

    ashlee: well you've done more travelling in your pregnancy than i've done my whole life, so... :)

    larissa: haha, the headscarf. who has time for hair washing when you're travelling around so much?


    debbie: aw garsh!!!! thanks friend. :)

  7. Love the headscarf & earrings at the b&b! I want to go to Nairn. Right...nairn (now). Okay, that was too far of a stretch. But what a beautiful place!

  8. Your posts are like magic. Like if movies were real life, but in a really good way.

  9. Gorgeous photos. The outside patio artwork is stunning. Also, I love the beach photos. I wish I were by a beach right now.

  10. I get pretty freaked out by the ocean (and space, like Nova said). You know when you have like, a millisecond in which you feel like you understand everything, and then it's gone? Maybe that's just me. Also, you are GORGEOUS!

  11. Are you the prettiest person alive? I think so.

  12. merritt: hahaha, i'll forgive it. i want to be there right nairn too. :D

    kayla: shucks! that's a very nice thing to say. :)

    nicki: YOU AND ME BOTH.

    caitlin: i totally know what you mean. beaches and outerspace and MOUNTAINS too. the earth is ridiculous.

    sarah: no you.

  13. I've been catching up on you Scotland adventure! I'm totally captivated by the beauty and the way you wrote about it! What an amazing place!!!

    1. thanks amy! i am really loving writing it all down. i'm remembering so many little details that i hadn't thought about since they happened.. fun. :)


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