Having traveled with Cross Cultural Journeys in the past, I am always drawn to the trip announcements they send via email. Last spring I was searching for a summer journey and CCJ’s trip to the “Mystical” Outer Hebrides leapt off my screen and I signed up. I had never traveled to Scotland and from the first moment I landed in Glasgow, I fell in love with the landscape, the people, the history and the art. Over the next 12 days we explored rocky beaches and fields of wildflowers and heather, heard the poems of Robert Burns sung at a Celtic music festival, encountered 12th Century Chessmen, Standing Stones as old as Stonehenge, saw Harris tweed being woven in a small workshop in a person’s home, saw the largest flock of puffins in the world and had pod of Orca swim home with us from St. Kilda. Combine these adventures with great new friends, food and a bit of Scotch (we sample a few) and it was nothing short of a once in a lifetime journey!