Letters from Scotland
By Jonathon Farrell


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Hello again everyone!

I hope you enjoyed last entry. I apologize that they are bi-weekly lately, but things here either seem to happen all at the same time, or nothing happens for quite some time! 

Unfortunately, since Chev left, it has been a nothing-happening period - I have had so much work to do that there has not been much time for anything else. So, while this letter is short, rest assured I have not been idle!

Hmm, let's see... what has happened? Well, Angus (my roommate) went away for one weekend, and the rest of us took the opportunity to do some "creative photography." 

He is really into rowing and cycling, so he has a disturbing amount of lycra in his closet (spandex in Canada!). Well, we all put it on, and did some, shall we say, inventive poses. I was wearing this weird lycra shirt, with a zipper half-way down, and some people were in lycra onesies, and someone was in a bathrobe. 

We all had a great laugh with it, and I have been strictly forbidden to show any shots to the Internet, so it is all imagination for you! We presented the pictures to him tonight for his birthday, and he was very impressed! And somewhat disturbed too! 

The weather has been gorgeous here. Predominantly sunny, there has been some wind, but the temperatures have been over 10 degrees, and I honestly got a mild sunburn once!! 

There are flowers blooming - crocuses and daffodils. Incredibly far ahead, as I have been hearing about your recent snowstorms!

Hmmm. I seem to be having a hard time thinking of anything else that has happened. Mostly I have wandered around outside and enjoyed the weather, and written essays. One about the theological differences between Zurich and Wittenberg in the early Reformation, and one about the English strategy in the attempted conquest of Scotland c.1300. Exciting stuff. But, they are both done now. 

I have spent a lot of time writing and researching lately, and I am really relieved about it. Now I will be able to do some better things. However, I still have a presentation to do on Friday, so I still have work to do. Luckily, it overlaps my essay so I can take it easy a bit more this week. Hopefully I can even make it to see two castles, which my presentation is about. If so, look forward to hearing of my first visit to England in my next letter!



Jonathon Farrell, son of Geoff and Sandra Farrell of Huron-Kinloss, is studying at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland this school year, through a student exchange program at Queen's University, Kingston, where he is a third-year student.

Before I go, I would like to let you know how much I enjoy your feedback from these letters. I may not answer all of them, but it is always nice to find something from home when I check my inbox. It is always nice to hear about happenings at home, or about your experiences in similar areas. Thank you all for your readership and responses!


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Monday, March 14, 2011