After climbing up the Hidden Valley in Glencoe, we hoped and prayed that the weather the next day, while definitely wet, would at least be manageable. Our hopes were dashed during the night, however, as we were regularly woken up throughout the night by the sound of the rain and wind pounding on our windows and on the roof of the hotel. In the morning, after looking out our window, we knew that there was no way I’d be willing to weather the strong winds and sideways rain, so we slept in as late as possible and ate a quick morning meal of cereal bars before packing up our belongings.
After placing all our things in the car, we decided to drive down Glen Etive, the glen in the iconic shot during Skyfall where Mr. Bond and “M” attempt to escape technology. Ironically, this was too true to form, there is no mobile signal in the Glen, which would cause us minor problems later when we realised my wallet was not in our baggage, and I had left it our unlocked hotel room when we vacated, never to be seen again.
With the weather raging, we drove through the winding Glen, stopping occasionally to take pictures out the window after learning the hard way that it was too difficult for our hands to stand in the wind and the rain. It was during this time that we realised I had no wallet.
In the midafternoon, we decided to head back to Glasgow, partly to sort out cancelling credit cards, and partly because the rain and wind were so horrendous we couldn’t think of anything to do except sit in a hotel and read, which we could just as easily do at home. I left the highlands flustered by the loss of my independence, but grateful for the chance to experience Scotland’s natural beauty, and also for the generosity and kindness of my amazing boyfriend who managed to keep a level head throughout the wallet ordeal.
Photographs by Diana Eastman
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