We arrived into Aberdeen on Monday evening around 5:30pm. It was raining, foggy, and a tad chilly, which felt wonderful as we stepped off of a stuffy plane where I sat by a couple who had a bit too much to drink and, in turn, got overwhelmingly loud and talkative. Nathan and I were tired from our 17 hours of travel. We left Denver at 5:30pm the day before, flew nonstop to Frankfurt (walked 12,000 miles in the Frankfurt airport between terminals and recurring gate changes), and then took our second and last flight on to Aberdeen. Fortunately, all of our luggage arrived without issue, and we zipped through customs. We were then greeted by the familiar face of a new friend. Crystal loaded us and our tower of bags into her car and we headed to our new home, as we looked eagerly out of the windows to see what this new place looked like. Online pictures only do so much, and being on the ground seems entirely different.
We pulled up to the Meston Flats, where Flat #2 awaited us. Nathan went to reception to gather our keys and we walked into our quaint little place. We had no previous pictures to reference or knowledge of the layout. We signed on the dotted line months earlier to secure something in the city, knowing that flats can be difficult to come by at the start of the school year.
A one bedroom with living room, shower room, and kitchen with a fridge and compact stove/oven…all complete with radiators to beat the cold, and assorted furniture. We even had some kitchen pots, pans, plates, and utensils stocked in the cabinets. “Hooray,” I thought! All of the necessities are included, and we aren’t stuck with communal bathrooms or windowless, prison-like conditions. Just another testament to the Lord’s provision in this process! It had been an easy and joy-filled arrival.
Since Monday we have been making our way around campus and parts of the city within walking distance, gathering items for the apartment and checking off to-do’s for Nathan to begin his program. We unpacked our load of bags and have started to make our place feel a bit more homey.
This morning we finally got to snap some pictures, so you can share in the beauty of this place. It is lightly misting today. My Colorado skin is not used to the humidity here, and my face looks perpetually dewy. The air smells of damp moss, and the seagulls can be heard as they fly above. The coast is just about 5 miles from our flat. People have been very friendly everywhere we’ve gone, and our ears are still adjusting to the thick Scottish brogue.
A good portion of the campus is exceptionally old. Built in the 1490’s out of thick, granite stones. All of which have developed a slight green hue, from the thin layer of moss growing on them. It’s all quite stunning. There are also some very modern structures, which you’ll see below. The library was just opened in September of 2012, and it is a work of architectural beauty!
On this note, I will leave you with some lovely pictures. Nathan and I just received a knock on the door from one of our neighbors, Hannah. A lovely greeting from her as well! Soon we’ll be off to gather some more items for the flat. I’m feeling the need to liven up the walls a bit and bring in some color!
I’ll write again soon with more updates and photos. Xoxo