The castle

In all of the places that I have lived in the United States, none of them have had a castle in the middle of the city. I have been told that this isn’t normal for Europe, but it is amazing nonetheless. It’s not hidden either, it’s the focal point of the entire city. Sat at…

Learning to be spontaneous

I like to characterize myself as an extroverted introvert; it takes moving mountains and buildings for me to build the courage and strength to participate in a social setting, but when I do get comfortable, I like to consider myself the life of the party. That being said, something that has always frightened me was…

First Time Experiencing a Scottish Ceilidh

Coming into my study abroad experience, I knew I wanted to be as immersed in a new culture as possible. Studying in Scotland during my college career had always been on my list of must-dos, but I knew I wanted to do it right. I quickly realized that while Edinburgh and Boston share many similarities,…

Living in Edinburgh: Sustainable and Saving hacks

I arrived in Edinburgh one month and a few days ago, and in my first days I spent a lot of money on food in supermarkets and on new cooking utensils that also increase my carbon footprint on this planet. I guess the anxiety of settling in worked against me, but the good thing about…

I’m in Scotland!- First Month Recap

Starting on January 11th, 2022 I began my second semester abroad. But this time I’m in Scotland studying at the University of Edinburgh! I spent a semester in Copenhagen, Denmark. But I’m ready for a new adventure now and I’ve been spending the last month getting to know my new city. It’s been so hectic…

One Month In

It’s been one month since I left Ottawa for the UK. It has been one of the most chaotic, overwhelming, and fun months of my life. Below are some of the lessons I’ve learned from moving abroad in general, and from Scotland in particular. Take things day by day This was an especially important lesson…

A literary tour through Edinburgh

I’m an English Literature student and one of the main reasons why I decided to come to Edinburgh was that I’d heard from former visiting students and read online that it’s a city with a vast literary heritage. However, I didn’t realize just how true this is until I came here.  Almost every corner of…

My trip to the Highlands

You can’t visit Scotland without also paying a visit to the famous Highlands. The scenery is so different from what you get in Edinburgh and it’s definitely well worth a visit. I visited the Highlands on a crisp autumn day which was (quite miraculously) full of sun and barely any rain. I would definitely recommend…

You’ve arrived in Edinburgh – now what?

After months of planning, waiting and dreaming, you’ve finally made it to the city, ready to enjoy your time abroad. But you found that you feel a little listless – classes won’t start until another week, you don’t know anyone, you don’t really have any plans. So, here is my advice on what to do…

5 Magical Facts About Edinburgh

“Woah…Where is Harry Potter.” Hi I’m Ayumi from Japan, a newly arrived exchange student who is going to stay for one semester in this magical city, Edinburgh. As I first arrived at the Royal Mile, I felt my heart beating not only because I was carrying a big suitcase and two backpacks on the cobbled…

Hi Everyone!

This is my first blog post so I thought it would be best if I gave a brief introduction and background on myself. My name is Sarah and I was born and raised in Texas (a state in the United States if anyone needs clarification). After graduating from high school, I decided to go off…