Welcome Week and “Being Brave”

So, it’s my second week as an international student in Edinburgh and I’m only getting around to writing my first blog now. I know, I’m a cruel, neglectful blog-parent. I just hope that you can forgive this terrible oversight on my part and that we can start again on the right foot. Hello, my name…

A wee bit of Scottishness or the discovery of a culture.

Hi there, and welcome back! Only two weeks have passed since my last article but I feel like Alice falling down the rabbit’s hole into a completely new and magical world. Upon my arrival, I’ve been thrown in the middle of the hustle of life in the city. After staring in amazement through the window…

Let the great adventure begin!

Being alone is scary. Leaving everything behind to something unknown is scary. But so worth the effort. I saw places that I would never see otherwise, had experiences that I would never even have imagined. I jumped fully into this adventure, greeting everyone in my old house and greeting everyone upon my arrival here in…

Part 2: It’s Only Up From Here

Welcome back! I can finally say that I have settled into Edinburgh, and have had an amazing first two weeks. On one hand, I feel like I have been here much longer considering all the things I was able to pack in so far, but at the same time, these fourteen days have been such…

Picturing myself in Edinburgh

A little more than a week ago, I took a plane to Edinburgh with a head full of both fears and dreams. That same day was the kick-off of Welcome Week: a week full of activities and parties to get to know the city, the university and their people. I felt both welcoming and overwhelming….

New year, new life

Arrivals are not always easy. You can be sure of that. So many questions in our minds: What should I do once I land? How can I get to my residence? Will my flatmates be good? I don’t even know them. Where can I buy my accommodation stuff? Where is my school? Who am I going to…

How to suspend time in Edinburgh

I spent my first days in Edinburgh organizing my new life and mostly running around the city to shop in every store available. One morning I realized that the city and everything I needed would still be there the next day. I could take a little time for myself, exploring a bit more than Poundland…

Part 1: Up, Up, and Away

The time has finally come to seal my bags, grab my passport, and head abroad to Edinburgh, Scotland: a place I only know from the many pictures I have seen over these past few months. Soon enough, I will no longer be staring at these breathtaking photos, but capturing my own experiences through my own lens.

How to get ready for a year abroad in less than 10 days and other thoughts.

Hi everyone, and welcome! I’m so glad to be blogging this year! My name is Inès and I’m a nineteen-year-old French student. My home institution is the university of Grenoble Alpes where I’ve been studying English language and literature for two years. I’ll be in Edinburgh from September to May thanks to the exciting yet intimidating…

How to Make a Horcrux: Torn From My Year in Edinburgh

Splitting a soul is not easy, as Harry Potter and countless other works of literature portrays. It is particularly difficult when it was not a conscious choice. When all of my exciting traveling had come to an end and the hectic preparation for exams manifested, time had sprinted ahead and I was left staring down…

Spring Into Moments: Part One

The past few months have been quite the blur of adventure and study, with a jam-packed spring break moving into a peanut-butter fueled revision period, I have left my impressions to spread together and will now attempt to sandwich them into a series of moments. Lisbon, Portugal Surfing in the Atlantic Ocean: Friends that I…

Highland Exploration

I spent last weekend exploring the Highlands and Isle of Skye. It was absolutely, breathtakingly beautiful. And, believe it or not, not a cloud in the sky the whole weekend! Insanely lucky. Even the tour guides were baffled! I just wanted to say a quick note about taking advantage of the opportunities to explore the…