Ireland is a fantastic place to live but part of my heart belongs to Scotland. I’m half Scottish, so perhaps it is partly genetic. When I first lived in Scotland (2004-6) I honestly felt at home. I particularly liked the weather (can that be true?). There’s just something right and wholesome about the cold clear crisp days you get in Scotland in winter. They have a stillness and silence to them that soothes the soul. (I won’t post a picture here of snow capped Scottish peaks, because that would be too obvious and anyway it’s not just the mountains that are gorgeous). The day time sky with its ever-changing patterns of cloud and light is really amazing. I’m so pleased my MSc course has taken me back to Scotland again.