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Honorable Mention

Elizabeth C. Berens
Michigan State University

Edinburgh skyline

This photo of the scenic Edinburgh, Scotland is representative of my experience in Edinburgh. Edinburgh is built of older, more archaic brown buildings shown in this photo. This photograph also perfectly represents the weather during our stay. There wasn’t a day that passed where it didn’t at least drizzle, and it was overcast most of the time.

Now, more than ever, when I think of Edinburgh, I think dreary, brown, and wet, but all meant in a good way – I loved Edinburgh.

When I look at this picture I feel realness that you don’t get from American cities, which strive to be bigger, better, most advanced, the appearance of perfection. Edinburgh (and most of Europe) is much older and doesn’t hide it. It doesn’t let creaky, time-worm buildings hold them back, developmentally.

In the background, lush green land’s grazing the top of the city to remind the viewer that Edinburgh isn’t just a city, but has beautiful natural scenery too, including Arthur’s Seat, a small mountain that my program and I climbed – and at the top had one of the most breathtaking views of our lives, as well as one of the most enjoyable evenings in Europe.