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…

Two days in Loch Lomond

After two weeks spent in Edinburgh discovering the city and trying to get used to my new life, I decided it would be nice to start exploring Scotland. After a few researches, I chose to go to Loch Lomond for the weekend. It is one of the most famous lochs of Scotland – and for…

#2: gettin my keys, bein a masterchef

After getting out of customs I hailed a taxi and we were headed into Edinburgh proper. I told the driver I was a returning student so he only overcharged me a little bit. At my uni accommodation I ducked into the office to grab my keys from my RA. “You’ll love Edinburgh!” She said. “It’s…

Go Edinburgh!

Hi guys! Today I want to talk about the Scottish Varsity Match. I know it’s late, but I’m also a student who is trying to find her own pace so bear with me. At first, I didn’t want to go to the match because I was not interested: in Italy we do not have such…

#1: still in NY, then not

Three weeks ago I found myself on the Metro-North heading to Poughkeepsie once again. The train was the fullest I had ever seen it, crowded with returning students armed with overstuffed suitcases en route to their various higher education institutions. They filed into their seats, squealing as they embraced their friends, looking forward to another…

Embracing the Chaos and getting settled in

Even thought I am technically not a fresher and I know what fresher´s week feels like (lack of sleep, loads of coffee to compensate for the constant tiredness, running from one event to the other), I was still overwhelmed by the effort Edinburgh puts into such a week. I felt jetlagged even though I only…