What’s Up Everybody, Chaz here reporting from Scotland this week! This last month and a half, I’ve been blessed to travel throughout Europe. So far I’ve been to London, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Milan and now Edinburgh, Scotland. It’s so weird because ever since I was young, I’ve always wanted to come to Scotland, especially as a huge movie fan. Some of the most prominent movies and novels ever written has been inspired or filmed in Scotland such as Harry Potter, Braveheart, The Davinci Code, Monty Python, Snow White and so much more. Even though I’ve seen all of those movies, the movie that inspired me to come here is actually a romantic comedy or like Faith says “a rom-com.” One of my favorite movies of all time (don’t judge me) is called “Made of Honor” starring Patrick Dempsey and Michelle Monaghan. This movie is about a guy and girl who have been best friends since college; building many memories together. On a strictly “friend basis,” they do pretty much everything together… now fast forwarding in the movie Michelle Monaghan has to go to Scotland for six weeks on work-related business. When she gets back, the first person she wants to see is Patrick Dempsey and tell him how everything went. However, she has a surprise for him that he’ll never guess. As Michelle and Patrick reunite, she introduces her fiancé to Patrick, which ultimately crushes him. To sum everything up, the wedding and everything else is in Scotland, so Patrick who’s in love with his best friend tries to win her over after she asks him to be her maid of honor. Yes, Patrick and Michelle end up together lol.
Listen, I’m a massive thriller, suspense and horror movie guy, so I don’t know why that’s one of my favorite movies, but it just is lol. Since I’ve seen the movie about 20 times minimum, just the depiction of Scotland and everything this country has to offer has made me a fan. I’ve learned and experienced so much since I’ve been in Edinburgh, while also walking about 10 miles a day (shoutout Mak’s phone tracker). To make this trip even more special, is I’m here with 2 of my best friends, Makenzie and Faith. This weekend excursion has arguably been one of the best vacations I’ve ever been on; it’s been nothing but fun and laughter the entire time. We’ve done so much in the last three days which includes the Edinburgh Castle, Camera Obsurca Illusion Museum, The Surgeon’s Museum, The University of Edinburgh, The Scotch Whiskey Museum (which I’ve been inducted as a lifetime member), The Elephant House (where the idea of Harry Potter came about), Underground Vault Tour and Ghost Tour. We’ve made so many memories, but there are two that will forever be my favorite. Memory #1, Chaz, Mak and Faith or the new royal family. We found a store where you can take pictures with traditional Scottish clothing.
Lol welp, this is our 2018 Christmas Card, but this was honestly one of the best 10 minutes of my life. Like come on, this picture is legendary!
Memory #2- Taking a picture with an owl, a 4-year-old Eurasian Eagle-Owl with a 6-foot wingspan. Honestly, I don’t know why I loved that moment so much, but I was like a kid at the candy store. I have a huge obsession and fascination with nature and animals. With that being said, I was genuinely so excited, while still giving off my cool Harry Potter Vibes.
Honestly, if I keep typing this may turn into a novel! So to sum everything up, Scotland is a fantastic country, and if you have the opportunity to come, I highly recommend it! All this traveling wouldn’t be possible if Sport Changes Life never gave me this chance. A special shoutout to the Sport Changes Life Program and the Rory Foundation! One last shoutout, too two of my best friends Mak & Faith, thanks for making this trip memorable. Love you guys and cherish those words because that’s probably the last time I’ll ever say it lol!
-Chazito Out ✌🏽