Citylife vs. IESS Trips

  On the University of Edinburgh campus, the two most prominent organizations for day/weekend trips are Citylife and IESS (International and Exchange Students Society). The two cater directly to international students wanting to see more of the UK. The affordable day and weekend trips Citylife and IESS lead are perfect for those studying abroad. Though…

It Snows in Scotland?

Often our preconceptions of a city are associated with its climate. I have experienced first hand that this is indeed true. I can tell you as a native Californian that I am questioned about our sunny climate. Or as a university student in Canada I am often pitied for our exceptionally cruel winters. That being…

A Coffee Addict’s Guide to Edinburgh and Beyond

Although I may not call myself a coffee addict, I am certainly addicted to coffee shops. The welcoming, cozy atmosphere is immediately alluring with no two shops alike. Most coffee shop addicts have their go-to shops back home, but living in a new city requires finding the best new places for a cup of joe….

Not Just a ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’

After walking past the Surgeon’s Hall Museum and the Anatomical Museum countless times, I decided to visit both of them for a Saturday full of medical marvels. Lucky for me, it was the last Saturday of the month, meaning the Anatomical Museum was open and free to the public. I have heard of warnings about…

Ready for a Travel Challenge?

Although spring semester seems long, it is broken up with many breaks and long stretches of no classes. And with the chilly Northern air of Scotland, the best solution is to travel (preferably south). Travel is a high priority with exchange students. Fortunately, Europe’s intimate borders make it easy. That being said, Europe is expensive….

So no one told you Erasmus was gonna be this way

This is the very beginning of the second semester, classes have started, and many things have happened. I came back home for one week only during the holidays because I wanted to be back on time in Scotland for Hogmanay. I do not regret my decision: Hogmanay was wonderful and I highly recommend you to…

Happy Hogmanay!

After Christmas, I came back to a quiet Edinburgh. Winter break here means an abandoned campus, free choice of seat in your favourite coffee shop and an empty hallway in my usually busy twelve people apartment. I came back to see the big thing at the end of the year, join the party, the crazy…

Owlery

This week my best friend visited me from Seattle. We went to Duone castle, about two hours out of Edinburgh. From there, we went to the cold crispy shores of Loch Lomond. We went and explored the Necropolis in Glasgow. The cemetery was so old, it emanated a feeling of ancient history – not only…

The Weekend Diaries Part Two

This year my schedule is more organised, but also more packed than ever. Plans are being finalised and trips are already planned. The essay deadlines are lurking as well, but they are not going to cross my plans this time. This semester they have to work for me, not the other way around. Let me…

My Experience of Sleep Out in Edinburgh

Let me share an amazing experience I had in Edinburgh last month. On the 8thof December, I SPENT A WHOLE NIGHT OUTSIDE. You may wonder why I did such thing during a cold and harsh Scotland night. It was for a fundraising event called SLEEP IN THE PARK and what we did was basically that:…

The Middle of Literally Nowhere

In fall, I was fortunate enough to get to visit the highlands of Scotland – well, the lowest part of the highlands, anyway. There is so much about that region that lives up to its reputation. The sweeping hills, the low mists, the constant threat of rain – all of these features do indeed make…