This Tuesday evening finds me in the village of Luthrie, in the Kingdom of Fife, Scotland. For the next few weeks, this is home. Home in a stone cottage among rolling green hills. What can I say? I couldn’t be happier! This place is like something from a fairy-tale and the lovely people living here in the village have made me feel so welcome. 
Before coming here, I didn’t really know what to expect. I had never been in Luthrie before and didn’t know why I felt so drawn to go here. From the beginning, my plan was to go further north and explore some of the Scottish islands, but when I saw the picture of this cottage while browsing the internet, I felt such a strong urge to send an enquiry and one thing led to another… and now I am here. 
Sometimes I find myself drawn to places without knowing why. Step by step, I am learning to trust and follow my inner compass all the more – especially while travelling. People will tell you that you must go there or see this and that, and of course it is a good idea to listen to people’s advice and recommendations when travelling somewhere new, but it is also important to listen to your own guidance. Often I find myself drawn to places that aren’t your typical tourist destinations. Places I felt drawn to go to because of  story I heard about, a special tree growing there, or perhaps simply a feeling, a hint of something that might not have any logical explanation, but once you have learnt to recognize that feeling – you know it, you trust it and you just go
Trust your intuition. Go, even if you don’t understand why. You will understand eventually. Something was waiting for you there – a gift, a story, a key. When you follow your heart, life becomes magical. 
When you follow your heart, life suddenly finds you in a stone cottage on the Scottish countryside, hanging out with a black cat called Tika. I feel so content here, so at home, and so happy to be here for a whole month. I love travelling in this way. Slowly. Taking time to truly connect with a place and get to know the land, the people. 
Places like this continue to remind me that joy is found in the small things of everyday. Coffee in the morning. Walking barefoot in the spring. Warm scones. Climbing hills. Climbing trees. Gazing at the moon, the stars. New friends. The sound of a cat purring. 
Thank you Luthrie for a wonderful stay.

If you wish to learn more about the cottage where I am staying, you can find it on Airbnb.

Photo by Sanna Hellberg


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