— EAT, PRAY, LOVE — (or eat, eat and exercise)

What does an exchange semester mean to you? We could mention dozens of meanings but most of people agree on this: It’s all about trying new things. I tried to follow this vision and therefore went to a Taster Tango session. Feel the passion? That’s what I experienced on this introductory class with a girl- or boy-partner by your…

Fears and Expectations: My thoughts upon arrival

  I have now replaced the cold and wet Danish climate with the equally cold and wet Scottish climate, and I am full of questions and expectations for my time here: Will it be difficult to adjust to a different teaching style? How will I fit all the books on my reading list into the…

Adventures in Welcome Week

Hey! Welcome to my blog! My name is Jiawen, a Chinese girl studying in University of Edinburgh as a visiting student. Beijing, the city I stayed since I was a child, is a historic and vivid city just as Edinburgh, but differences do exist that sometimes I feel myself coming from another planet(ಡωಡ). However, I…

Life in Edinburgh: An Introduction

Vacationing in a different country can be exciting and challenging. Tourists are often faced with the delightful challenge of adapting to a new climate, deciphering a new language, or adjusting to a new way of life. Most travelers spend a week, maybe two, in these places- just enough time to become, and remain, enamored by…

Info Dump

I decided to change things up from a ” WOW SCOTLAND” post, though one will come shortly :). I am instead going to explain my decision making process and what information is important while you (potential study abroad vagabond) are looking into the University of Edinburgh. This may seem obvious or perhaps blow your mind,…

BLOG 4: The other side of the University of Edinburgh

Good morning!!! This post was supposed to be written around two weeks ago but my uni duties took most of my time because I had one essay to write and family visiting me everything at the same time…Murphy’s law: if everything can be at the same time, it will be! hahaha… but I was able…

BLOG 5: Rediscovering the New Town + day trip to Rosslyn

Good afternoon my friends! Long time no see! It’s been a month since I wrote my last post and I have to say that it has been a quite busy month hahaha My lectures and tutorials are officially finished today and now I have to focus myself on the exams that are to come… But…

Freshers‘ life challenges

Confused? Impressed? Lost? Whatever your feelings are, remember: all of us are in the same situation. Everything is new for us…  people, places and even the way (quality) of life. You know, for some of us our previous life was a “mom hotel“. Every time we came back from high school on weekends or so,…

#1 The Great Scottish Adventure – a prologue:

Hello all I’m Helen – a third year student studying abroad from the United States. I attend the University of Rochester which is just a hop, skip, and jump away from my home in the good ole Buffalo, NY.  I’ll be leaving for my Scottish adventure in less than 24 hours and am beginning to…

The 5 Best Places to Visit in the UK

My semester is sadly coming to an end. But before I board the plane and head back home, I must divulge my favorite places in Britain. If you’re itching to visit the United Kingdom, these are the five places you do not want to miss. 5. Stirling The oft forgotten city and gateway of the Highlands…

Heaven on Earth?

As impressed as I am with the man-made structures in Scotland, I am more impressed with the structures that man had no part in creating.  By no means am I exaggerating when I say that the Scotland may just be the most beautiful place I have ever seen. I have  ascended into the jungle mountains…

Lunar New Year in London

Coming back to your uni routine after a long break can be challenging. I spent my holiday staying up late and running out and about. Now it’s all about tutorials from 9am and afternoons spent in the library… welcome back I guess. Before I truly accept this fact, I thought ‘why not go on a…