How to Make a Horcrux: Torn From My Year in Edinburgh

Splitting a soul is not easy, as Harry Potter and countless other works of literature portrays. It is particularly difficult when it was not a conscious choice. When all of my exciting traveling had come to an end and the hectic preparation for exams manifested, time had sprinted ahead and I was left staring down…

Spring Into Moments: Part One

The past few months have been quite the blur of adventure and study, with a jam-packed spring break moving into a peanut-butter fueled revision period, I have left my impressions to spread together and will now attempt to sandwich them into a series of moments. Lisbon, Portugal Surfing in the Atlantic Ocean: Friends that I…

Highland Exploration

I spent last weekend exploring the Highlands and Isle of Skye. It was absolutely, breathtakingly beautiful. And, believe it or not, not a cloud in the sky the whole weekend! Insanely lucky. Even the tour guides were baffled! I just wanted to say a quick note about taking advantage of the opportunities to explore the…

Isle of Skye and Copenhagen

The past two weeks have flown by. I feel as though I’m still recovering from Innovative Learning Week. It’s crazy to think that classes will be over in 3 weeks when most of my time is dedicated to planning future trips. However, my next 4 weeks will be dedicated to studying for my upcoming exam. Two weekends…

Sunny, Monday 29th

Hello, glad to be blogging again. I am sorry it’s been a while since I wrote my last post here but my life as been quite busy with the learning week and deadlines always nearer. I am writing from the main library cafè, incredibly I found a place to sit! The library is packed these days,…

UNI LIFE

Hey guys! So I’ve been a student in the University of Edinburgh for five months now and therefore I feel like I’m in an adequate position to give you an overview of the uni life. As much as your exchange is about meeting new people and socialising, you can’t really deny the fact that going…

An Unexpected Journey: Finding Home in Germany and Greece

A Polish friend that I made at my hostel in Athens introduced me to the Portuguese word, ‘saudade’. The word does not have an English equivalent but can be described as a melancholic feeling of the love that remains after someone you care about is gone. It can be felt during the present moment when…

Brussels, Amsterdam, and Things on My Mind

This past week was Innovative Learning Week, which was basically the halfway point of the semester. During Innovative Learning Week, the university hosts a variety of events and more importantly, everyone gets a break. These events ranged from painting with bacteria to a lecture on emotional intelligence. Sadly, I signed up for multiple events, but…

A Few Surprises

Choosing a place to study abroad can be tricky. Maybe there is somewhere you have always wanted to go. Maybe there is somewhere you have visited before and want to spend more time exploring. Maybe you have never traveled internationally and don’t care where you go. Regardless of where you end up, your time abroad…

Post no. 2

It’s been a fantastic two weeks, although I’m recovering from a cold. I’m currently working on two assignments due on Monday, Feburary 22nd. One is a position paper for Children’s Rights and the other is a policy brief for Educational Politics and Policy. I signed up to be class reps for both of these (it’s…

New York to Edinburgh

Hi everyone! My name is Sylvia and I’m a visiting student from New York. I’m currently finishing up my last semester of my undergraduate degree at Edinburgh, so this semester is particularly meaningful to me. However, the studying does not end simply because I’m abroad. I’m taking three courses this semester: Introduction to Criminal Justice,…

The Holidays while on Holiday

December in Edinburgh is an interesting time. Heaps of snow and frozen lakes that I was used to was replaced with rain, sometimes hail, and overpriced yet joyous ice-skating rinks. Despite the typical rainy weather of Scotland, people were everywhere, all of the time, flocking to the popular Edinburgh Christmas Market, Princes Street ‘sales’, and…