They say that time flies when you’re having fun, and I couldn’t agree more. I spent the last 10 weeks interning for Light on the Path, in Glasgow, but it feels like I just arrived. Here I am, one day before going back, thinking about probably the greatest summer of my life.
When I arrived in Glasgow I didn’t know what to expect, I am not a person who prepares or schedules what to do, I like to think I go on an adventure every time I travel. All I knew was that in Scotland it rains and that it’s considerably colder than Italy. I didn’t know that it rains A LOT, more than I ever witnessed in my life. I have lived all my life in a sunny place so I didn’t know how much you can miss the sun, but that’s probably the thing I missed the most. Weather aside, there’s nothing I didn’t like about my job, Scotland, or Glasgow.
Let’s start with my job as an intern. I’ve been interning for Light on the path, a company that arranges internships for young people from all around Europe. Here I had the chance to meet a lot of great people, from my bosses, to my colleagues, to the dozens of students and interns that I met here. Every one of them was like a piece of a puzzle, helping me grow as a person and as a European citizen. I saw teenagers who left their homes to discover a new place, a new Country. This gave me hope, because I truly believe that the young generations don’t care about barriers or walls, they don’t care about differences, and they don’t care about the decisions of the powerful men who are in charge. All they care about is opportunity. The opportunity to travel, the opportunity to know, the opportunity to discover our big beautiful world. They gave me hope to believe in what Europe and the world can achieve, as a union, if just given the chance.
I worked as in intern during this experience, but of course it’s not all I did. I had the chance to see beautiful places and amazing landscapes. I went to Edinburgh more than once and I fell in love for that city. One of the most amazing places I have ever seen, its castle and monuments are stunning. I slept on the grass on Calton Hill and hiked on Arthur’s seat. I searched for my friend’s wallet in the meadows and had an amazing hamburger on the Royal Mile. There’s not a spot that I saw in Edinburgh that I will ever be able to forget.
I hiked the Cobbler and witnessed the beauty of Loch Lomond. I took part of a tour to Loch Ness and the Highlands. I drank whiskey and watched flocks of sheep from the window of a train. Scotland is such a beautiful land, coloured of a majestic green that is now impressed in my heart.
Last but definitely not the least, I have to talk about Glasgow. The most amazing thing about traveling is the opportunity to discover. Discover new food, discover new places, discover new people, until they are not new anymore, and they become part of you. That’s what happened with Glasgow. I am a classic Italian guy who eats pasta and pizza every two days, but now I’m an Italian guy who eats pasta, pizza, and chips & cheese.
Honestly Glasgow is not the most beautiful city in the world, but that doesn’t matter, it became my home. Walking on Sauchiehall and Buchanan became my daily routine. I had the chance to play volleyball in Kelvin Grove park and to be amazed by the beauty of Glasgow University. I wandered around Merchant City, I went to the necropolis and watched all the great murals that you can find everywhere in the city. I went to see the cows in Pollok Park and watched a football match in Ibrox Stadium. I listened to a lot of great music, in pubs and in the street. This city has become my home and every person I spoke to has become my family. That’s probably the most beautiful thing about Glasgow, its people. That’s the city motto: “People make Glasgow”, and it couldn’t be truer than that. Glaswegians are the most helpful and friendly people I’ve ever met. If you’re lost in the streets someone will come to help you to find your way, if you’re alone sitting in a corner someone will come to sit with you and give you a smile. If you are in a new home with not even a blanket to sleep, someone is ready to help you. I am proud to say that I come from a part of Italy where generous people are not a rarity, but Glaswegians are just special.
I am writing these lines 15 hours before my flight back home, happy to hug my family and friends but sad that I have to leave my new big family called Glasgow.
You can never be sure of anything in life, but I can say I am sure about one thing, this is not a goodbye.
See you soon Glasgow, knowing you has been truly smashing!