Avoiding a “Study Abroad Rut”

It’s easy to stay spontaneous while abroad if you are traveling every weekend, but what happens when you’re just staying put? I realized that in my first month in Edinburgh, I was quickly getting into a routine. Sure, at my home university I have my routines and I’m okay with that. What I am NOT…

Brunchin’ in Edinburgh

If you’re anything like me, Saturday mornings are for brunch. Thankfully, Edinburgh offers a plethora of unique breakfast cuisine guaranteed to satisfy your morning cravings and get you up and out of bed. Urban Angel                                         …

An Unexpected Journey to Amsterdam

Thinking back to about a month and a half ago when I first landed in London, after enduring an 11-hour flight from California, I was exhausted yet exuberant as Edinburgh felt closer than ever.  I got off the plane with my mom (who came over to Edinburgh with me to do some exploring of her…

A Letter from St Andrews

You can count the times I’ve been reckless throughout my life in the shades of blue beneath my eyes as I’m standing in front of Buccleuch Place 22B at twenty to eight on this Saturday morning. I’m wearing the warmest jacket I own that isn’t a winter coat, but it offers barely any protection against…

A Letter from the Highlands

This is a letter written on the road somewhere between Glenfinnan and Glasgow, the highlands to both sides of the windows and the sky a pastel bubblegum of blue and pink. On the front screen of the bus, the Death Eaters are currently attacking the camp at the Quidditch World Cup and the second screen…

Two Weekends Decidedly Spent Not Studying For Classes

Picture this: you’re hiking in the picturesque Scottish Highlands, enjoying nature, and breathing the fresh mountain air. You hear a bird song coming from the tree a little to your left. Suddenly, it hits you. You have two assignments due Tuesday that you haven’t even thought about starting. And the best part? It’s all ok….

Day Trip to Inverness

Blurry-eyed and still half awake, we arrived in Inverness by bus at 8am. Inverness, “Inbhir Nis”, meaning mouth of the River Ness in Gaelic, is a quaint picturesque city surrounded by the Scottish highlands. Having read Shakespeare’s Macbeth in my first year university English class, I had always wanted to visit Inverness. When I committed…

Venturing into the Scottish Highlands!

After spending two weekends settling into Edinburgh as a new visiting student, I finally got the chance to venture out into the Highlands of Scotland! As an avid Outlander fan and nature-lover, travelling to the Highlands was an obvious must. So, bright (or more aptly, very foggy) and early on Sunday morning I hopped into…

New in Town

Hi everybody! I’m Laura, an exchange student from Germany, and I will be writing about my experiences on this blog in the following months! I’ve actually never been to Scotland before, which makes it even more exciting. So, here’s my first post, in which I’m going to talk about the first few weeks in Edinburgh:…

My First Month in Edinburgh

Wow – time really flies, doesn’t it? I can’t believe it’s been a month already since I arrived in Edinburgh. I came here, bright-eyed, and very sure that I’d manage just fine. After all, I’d already lived in Edinburgh for a month, so I knew my way around town. Well, I was in for a…

My Trip to the Glenfinnan Viaduct

The Glenfinnan Viaduct is famously known for its appearance in the Harry Potter films as the railway tracks of the Hogwarts Express. And although my fanaticism for Harry Potter had fizzled out years ago, a surprising wave of nostalgia had washed over me after seeing a picture of the monument during a presentation by the…