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My Seventh Host Family at Scotland – GSE Program of Rotary Foundation

Note: I was selected by Rotary Foundation for its exchange program called Group Study Exchange(GSE) for Scotland. I visited West of Scotland for tenure of one month, i.e. from September 8 to October 8, 2012. We were total five members, one team-leader and four team-members. All my posts regarding my experiences of this program are posted here on SpeakBindas under the category of GSE Scotland. Read on..

Russell Buchanan, Dunoon Rotary Club, Scotland

With Russell Buchanan

With Russell Buchanan

The best part of reaching to Dunoon was its mode of transportation – a Ferry. The cool breeze singing cold songs in your ear, surrounding scenic mountains & river, cloudy sky and reaching to almost end of GSE program. It was first time I had been on a ferry in Scotland.

At Dunoon, except one team-member, we three team-members and our team leader were hosted by Russell Buchanan, who is the president of the club. He actually run B&B(Bed & Breakfast), so it was more like staying in a guest-house. And it was good in terms of we had been staying with families all along, and now we felt somewhat more freedom comparatively.

When I think of staying in his B&B, all I can remember is the gallery at first floor. The view from the gallery was awesome. I could clearly see ferries going to other shore and returning, a very long & huge river right in-front, cool breeze, fascinating weather and a rainbow. It was just a perfect place that I might have seen in my dreams! Couldn’t expect a better view.

Rainbow visible from Gallery

Rainbow visible from Gallery

Enjoying peace in Gallery - So Gaya Ye Jaha, So Gaya Aasman!

Enjoying peace in Gallery - So Gaya Ye Jaha, So Gaya Aasman!

As Russell runs B&B, we had plenty of options for breakfast – from fresh fruit to anything we would like to have. Different kinds of tea & juices. I didn’t eat much of breakfast but tea was delicious. I had been for morning walk when it was drizzling too a bit. Aah! that was so full of solitude & peace all within. The walk to remember indeed. He had gifted all of us a muffler that was good in looking and useful in cold weather.

The Special Muffler

The Special Muffler

In Dunoon

In Dunoon

With Ferry in Background

With Ferry in Background

I miss Dunoon the most.

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Devang Vibhakar is the Founder and Editor of www.SpeakBindas.com. He has interviewed more than 350 people. His effort was recognized by Limca Book of Records, twice. He has been to Scotland as well as Germany as part of vocational & cultural exchange programs and has compiled five books so far. He's passionate about bringing forth interesting stories & interviews of entrepreneurs to avid readers of SpeakBindas. He can be reached here.

5 thoughts on “My Seventh Host Family at Scotland – GSE Program of Rotary Foundation

  1. Jigar Patel says:

    Devang! Hope you had a great journey and an unforgettable experience. Congrats to you and your team on your achievements!! Remember…much more to come ahead!

    Cheers!
    Jigar

    1. Yes Jigar, it is unforgettable experience in all senses.

      Thanks for your best wishes, always.

  2. Elaine Love says:

    As President of the Castle Pines, Colorado Rotary, I relate 100% to GSE. Congratulations and kudos for all of the good work Rotary does for everyone throughout the world.
    Elaine

    1. Thanks Elaine for your comment. Yes, Rotary is an amazing organization for it has given me once-in-a life-time opportunity. If Rotary wasn’t there, I wouldn’t have such an amazing experience through GSE.

      P.S. I also visited your website and watched your introductory video. Inspirational.

      1. Elaine Love says:

        Devang,
        I am so happy for you. Rotary is an amazing and life-changing organization. We love to inspire, empower and improve lives.

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Devang Vibhakar
Devang Vibhakar
(Editor, www.SpeakBindas.com)
SpeakBindas is a Limca Book of Awards winning blog. It's a PR3 blog with 1000+ articles & Interviews. Devang Vibhakar - Founder - has interviewed more than 350+ people and has been to Scotland, London & Germany. He's a writer, speaker, traveler & movie-goer !! He has also written four books. He's passionate about bringing forth interesting stories & interviews of people from various sectors of life to avid readers of SpeakBindas. You can reach him here .