#2 An American in Edinburgh

People seem to immediately know I’m American, be it the way I pronounce “literally” with four syllables instead of three or the fact that I refer to the till as a register and still ask where the restrooms are instead of the toilets. Being abroad in Edinburgh has more barriers than just language and the…

Understanding Home by Living Abroad

  By living and studying in Edinburgh for over two months, I’ve learned a lot about Scotland and Great Britain. I now understand the meaning of Bonfire Night, the true importance of a good cup of tea and the real history of tartan. I’ve also learned that Scotland is much more than Royal Mile tourist…

Céad míle fáilte

In Ireland there is a saying, “Céad míle fáilte”. You probably won’t understand this, as you’re most likely not part of the 0.0000097 % of the world’s population that speaks Gaelic. Besides in a few coastal villages, this elegant and mystical language has all but been lost in Ireland. Irish students are required to study…

Ten things you need to know about studying at the UoE

While there is a lot of information about places to visit and things to do in Edinburgh and Scotland on the internet, I would like to share something one can experience only when actually going to the University of Edinburgh. I am talking about the teaching style: lectures, tutorials, professors and homework. Some aspects I…

Better and Better

Time flies, a month has passed since I first came to Edinburgh. As I explore more about this amazing city and expand my social circle, I’m obtaining more about the sense of identity and belonging. My life in Edinburgh is getting better and better and I’m willing to share some important moments with you. Pleasant…

New country, new Academia

A few weeks of the semester have now passed. I found all my classrooms, joined a few societies, got myself a ridacard, saw a rugby match, saw Prince Charles (not kidding), adapted to Scottish dialects (sort of) – I have even discovered how to not only connect to the wifi but also operate the printing…

The first month

‘Time flies when you’re having fun’ is the understatement of the century when it comes to exchange – over a month ago, I arrived wide-eyed and curious to the windy streets of Edinburgh, yet already we have reached week 5 of the university semester. The transition from tourist to student was seamless, as Freshers Week…

First Impressions

Hello everyone! First of all, let me introduce myself to you all. My name is Alba Sanchez and I am a third year Erasmus student reading English Literature and Linguistics here in UoE.  I arrived in Edinburgh a month ago, with my luggage not only full of unnecessary stuff (please, do not bother to bring…

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…