Shocking my Culture… One day at a time

The featured image is the last picture I took of New York City before embarking on my study abroad experience. Seeing as this is my first post, I want to take a minute to share a small story of how I got to this moment right now.  A few days ago, my flat held a small party…

Edenburgh

Time flies! I thought I would have written plenty in my blog by this week, but there were so many things to do during the Welcome Week; and now with lessons and essays there are even more things to think about… Anyway. To cut a long story short, Edinburgh is a wonderful place to be,…

Edinburgh Student: A Day in the Life

Contrary to popular belief, the life of a university student is not all barstools and Bud Light. In between the pubs and the pints, most university students find time to lead active and productive lives. Much to the disdain of parents and bitter post-grads, we undergraduates have the luxury of being our own bosses. We…

Three Steps to Making Edinburgh Feel Like Home Away From Home

I’ve been in Edinburgh for three weeks, and my time here has already exceeded expectations. I dedicate time each day to seeing the city and trying new things. I’ll be a visitor in Edinburgh until December, and this is my first time living abroad. Each day presents unique challenges, but simply being here is a…

And the winner is…

Oh, don`t you know? Well, then I suppose you didn`t see The Royal Bank of Scotland Varsity Match of the ancient rivals -> University of St Andrews vs. The University of Edinburgh. Not sure if it was because of my presence (which could have brought luck to our team), or persistently good performance of UoE…

Ready or Not, Here I Go

The chance to study abroad that I had been waiting over half a year for is finally here! The first days here were a whirlwind of getting my living situation all settled and figuring out where in the city I exactly was. I like having a good home base to go back to, so the…

Hillwalking A Scottish Munro

In 1891, Sir Hugh Munro shocked Scotland’s hillwalking community with an article in the Scottish Mountaineering Club Journal. Munro was born in London, England, but eventually moved to the highlands of Scotland with his family. He spent his childhood hiking the highlands where he found his passion–hillwalking. Munro documented all of his hikes, and his journal…

I’m On Exchange in Scotland: Part I

“Patience, Highlander. You have done well. But it will take time. There are generations being born and dying. You’re at one with all living things. Each man’s thoughts and dreams are yours to know. You have power beyond imagination. Use it well my friend. Don’t lose your head.” (Highlander, 1986) I knew nothing about Scotland,…

— 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…