A letter from Denmark.  Deciding to spend a month in Tomintoul was a funny choice for me. Being a person who loves the city and everything that goes along with it, this decision to stay at a village, which according to Wikipedia in 2001 had a population of 322 people, shocked those who knows me the most. How would I survive?

Driving from the airport the first thing I noticed was the scenery and the amount of sheeps in the fields. The beautiful small villages that looks just like the ones you would see on the TV along with the incredible green colours of the nature. Getting further into the countryside and closer to Tomintoul, the hills and mountains started to rise around me and to be completely honest I have never seen something so natural and beautiful. Coming from a country so flat as Denmark where the hills are only high enough to make the bike rides a bit harder and make you lose your breath temporarily, the hills and mountains of Scotland can make you lose your breath for an entirely different reason. Its splendid contribution to the landscape. This is probably the thing I loved the most about my stay at The Smugglers Hostel (if you don’t count the amazing people I now consider as friends). Simply being able to experience a different kind of nature. Spending days exploring the surrounding areas, if the weather allowed it, was something I enjoyed and staying in Tomintoul made it possible, if not forced me, to actually experience the nature in ways I would personally wouldn’t have chosen.

For mig, var beslutningen om at tage en måned til Tomintoul et mærkelig valg. Jeg elsker storbyen og de ting som storbyen har at tilbyde. Derfor var det at tage til en lille by, som ifølge wikipedia i 2001 kun havde 322 indbyggere, et valg der chokerede de personer der kender mig bedst. Hvordan ville jeg nogen sinde kunne overleve det?

På turen fra lufthavnen til The Smugglers Hostel, var de naturskønne omgivelser samt de ufattelige mange får, noget af det første jeg lagde mærke til. Gennem landskabet kørte vi forbi små landsbyer, som ligner dem man kan se i de typiske britiske tv-serier. Når man forsætter ind i landet begynder bakkerne og bjergene at rejse sig omkring en og det er noget af det mest naturlige og smukkeste, jeg har set i mit liv. Især når man kommer fra Danmark som er så fladt at selv vores “bjerge” kun kan gøre cykelturen en smule hårdere og få os til at tabe pusten. Til gengæld kan Skotlands bjerge få en til at tabe pusten af en helt anden årsag, fordi de er med til at skabe denne fantastiske natur som adskiller vores natur fra deres. Naturen var derfor den ting som påvirkede mig mest under mit ophold på The Smugglers Hostel (hvis ikke jeg inkluderer de fantastiske søde mennesker som jeg nu ser som mine venner). Tomintoul er omringet af smuk natur, hvilket betød at tage på opdagelse i de nærliggende områder var noget vi nød, når vejret ellers tillod det. Det at byen ikke er større, betyder at man nærmest er tvunget til at tage ud at se den smukke nærliggende natur og de bjerge som omringer Tomintoul, også selv om måske tikke lige er det helt store naturmenneske.

Louise Anderson. September 2015.

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