Survival Guide to Missing Your Pets in Edinburgh

I have been blessed with two wonderful, absolutely fantastic dogs named Jeyson and Caramel, and I miss them every single day. This is especially true during dark times (read: essay season), when I feel like if we had ever met, I could have been e.e. cummings’s inspiration for the lines ‘You Are Tired / (I…

Exploring the National Museum of Scotland- 10 Things You Can’t Miss

  Edinburgh is full of museums – you’ll never get tired of visiting them, since there are a lot! But of all the museums in Edinburgh, the National Museum of Scotland is the most famous. Today, I would like to introduce what can’t be missed when visiting the National Museum of Scotland. The museum is…

A German in Edinburgh – moving in

It is 2:30 in the morning, I am three-quarters asleep and on my way to the Munich airport. “September to May. 9 months”, I think. If I put it into perspective with a hopefully 80+ life span it is not long at all. On the other side if I count the days there are approximately…

I Love Craigie’s Farm!

In my last post, I suggested going pumpkin picking at Craigie’s Farm, so I decided to put my own advice to action! After classes on Friday, I took two buses to get to Craigie’s Farm in South Queensferry. After about an hour of traveling to the farm, I had to walk about half a mile…

Being a visiting student with a dog

The typical comment I receive when I say that I came to Edinburgh with Curry, my one year old dog, is “I wish I brought my dog too, I miss him/her so much!” Of course, if you have a pet you understand how hard it is to be apart, but when you actually plan to…

This is Halloween! Edinburgh Style

It is October, the best month of the entire year. October is my favorite month because of the perfect Autumn weather and of course Halloween! The weather has turned into a perfect crisp coolness making me even more excited for October 31st. Halloween is widely celebrated in the United States. People decorate their houses to…

Day Trip to St Andrews

Hi, my name is Riho Sayama. I am an exchange student from Japan.  My major at Japanese university is political science, but here in Edinburgh I am studying social policy, social work and Scottish studies! This is my very first article on this blog.  Today I would love to share my experience of a day…

The Weekend Diaries Part One

Last Saturday, I spent the whole day out and about. One of my friends suggested we check out what the Open Doors Day has to offer, so we met up on saturday morning to discuss our plan for the day in a cute little café (Café 1505 on Nicolson Street). I have never heard of…

On the perks of getting lost in Edinburgh

My name is Lila, I am a 20 year-old Erasmus student from France, and I have a terrible sense of direction. Now that I am all settled, I feel optimistic enough to call this trait ‘random unexpected opportunities to further explore this wonderful city’. Upon my second day here though, my emotional state in reaction…

“Welcome” is…

…much more than a word. It is a feeling. Filled with excitement and the thrill of a new beginning. It’s being invited. Invited to come and stay and to share your story. It means being allowed to be yourself and to feel at home in your new surroundings. It is openness and warmth and a…