Books to Read While Studying in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is one of 28 Cities of Literature, and in August hosts the “largest public celebration of the written word in the world.” Unfortunately, those studying abroad may not have the chance to experience the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Year-round, however, the city boasts a Book Lovers Tour, Harry Potter sites scattered around the city,…

After Four Months in Edinburgh…

Since I arrived in Edinburgh with a 30kg suitcase on September 9, 2017, it has been exactly four months now. It feels like only four days as there are still so many things I have  not yet tried and so many places I haven’t got time to visit. It also, however, feels like four full…

Healthy (and Inexpensive) Vegetarian Shopping in Edinburgh

Do not despair, vegetarian incomer! Affordable vegetarian options are a reality in this city. Yes. Sticking to a budget-friendly healthy-eating regime while being a student in Edinburgh is possible. There are plenty of vegetarian items at the grocery stores and restaurants with lots of options that do not break the bank. For this post, I…

A Weekend in Edinburgh

For those who arrive in the city for the first time and cannot wait to see it all, this blog post is for you. For those who have already settled in Edinburgh and have a friend to impress with Edinburgh’s charm, this blog post is for you too. There might be various reasons why you…

Short Trips on a Budget I

Owning a Ridacard will certainly encourage you to travel more and move around Edinburgh. Apart from its day, night and 24/7 airport services, you would also have unlimited Lothian Country Services and East Coast Bus included. Knowing this last bit of information, you may want to consider going to these four destinations (just like I…

I’m On Exchange in Edinburgh Part II

“There’s nary an animal alive that can outrun a greased Scotsman” – Groundskeeper Willie in Sweet Seymour Skinner’s Baadassss Song, The Simpsons (1994). I’ve always been hindered by some mass crippling doubt. It started when I was seven. I had just graduated from Stingrays to Dolphins at State Swim and it was time for us…

5 Reasons to Visit the Scottish Highlands

All around me, I saw green and gold. Hills carpeted with tall grass met a blue sky on the horizon, and small, yellow flowers danced in clusters as the cold, Scottish wind blew. I could feel that wild wind tying knots in my hair and finding the places that my wool sweater did not cover,…

Planet Melancholy

Ever visited Planet Melancholy? I do it on a regular basis. Melancholy has always been my favourite feeling. I know that for some people this sounds somewhat strange, because melancholy involves sadness, but I like this feeling because it turns every ordinary moment into something deep. The atmosphere changes; there’s a blurred line between present…

Highlands & the Misty Isle

The magnificence of the Scottish Highlands is indescribable, so much so that words and pictures combined convey only a tiny fraction of the beauty of the place. Nevertheless, I’ll do my best. My trip to the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye started on a Friday morning at 7:30, waiting for the coach to…

#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…