Our Final Day on Skye

Today started off with music, as most days usually have. We had a guest come in with an accordion-like instrument that was called a piano box. Along with that, we learned a lot more about our host, Anna, and traditional Scotland music. I really enjoyed listening to her talk about where she grew up and who taught her music. It was the kind of life that I think that I've enjoyed so far, people walking around singing music as they wish and having no judgment passed.

After this, we started out on a rainy, cold, muddy, and windy walk to Fairie Glen. Despite the conditions, it was one of the best walks I've been on in my life. Everywhere you turn in Skye you see something that just takes your breath away and there is no way to capture it all. After trekking back, we jumped right into some more traditional Scottish Gaelic working music. We enjoyed, once again, as our host Anna sang and taught us about the traditions here and the music that was sung as people worked. Once again, it was all about what they were doing; the rhythm of the song describes how they work. Much like a musical if you think about it. Overall, it was an excellent system for projects that required more than one person, or a way to pass the time as you work.

And just briefly, we finished off our last night in Skye here with a feast with a lot of the community members we have met over our visit here. There is a special tradition called Burn's Supper, or at least our own version of it, that we celebrated. For many, it was our first opportunity to taste the classic Scottish dish, haggis. For many, it was a pleasant surprise! Afterwards, we listened to some local teenagers play folk music and we occasionally we popped in for a song of our own. It has been an amazing experience here in Skye, and we are sad to go. On to our final stop: Glasgow!

Students learn about Gaelic music and tradition with our host, Anna.
Students look at Fairie Glen