Apologies for setting up my blog late. I’ve been ill.
Freshers’ Flu is the name commonly given to a battery of illnesses contracted by as many as 90% of new students during the first few weeks at a university, in some form; common symptoms include fever, sore throat, severe headache, coughing and general discomfort. The illnesses may or may not include actual flu, and is often simply a bad cold, but is so named simply due to alliteration. This is mostly a British term, and is rarely heard outside the UK and Ireland.
That’s what Wikipedia says. And it’s right. Even though I’ve just caught a bad cold (I’m well again, thank you), I feel like I’ve been treated in an extraordinarily unfair manner. Why? Because I didn’t drink too much, I didn’t spend a lot of nights out or anything (honestly!) – but I was still hit. And most importantly, I’m not even a fresher. I’m an ERASMUS-Student from Heidelberg, Germany. See? It’s unfair.
(Watch it! I can see your stop-complaining-or-I’ll-stop-reading-face.)
And here it comes: It was worth it.
My piece of advice for today:
If you get the chance to study in Edinburgh, don’t you dare let it slip. Never. That’s an absolute no-no.
Why was it worth it and why would you not let this chance slip? Just scroll down a bit. Have a look at my fellow bloggers’ photos. Read their stories. Take notice of their home countries. I’m pretty sure you’ll quickly get a sense of what Edinburgh is like.
And in case you’re tied up with business at the moment (I really don’t want to use the ugly English term ‘lazy’), I’ll provide a rough list of what I understand by ‘it was worth it’:
- international (Edinburgh Uni has got about 40 per cent international students).
- open-minded (‘refugees welcome’-banners: I saw them – and it was so much to my genuine delight that I forgot to take a photo).
- compact (you can basically walk around the whole inner city in ca. 20 minutes).
- packed with original coffee houses, book shops, live music pubs and bars.
- second to none in terms of nightlife.
- safe (it’s ranked the safest city in the UK – go tell your mum, it’s true!).
- green (Princes Street Gardens, Royal Botanic Garden, The Meadows, you name it).
- well-connected (both within the city and with the rest of Scotland).
And to make up for the lack of refugees-welcome-banners-photos, I’ll just upload the 274th picture taken on top of Arthur’s Seat.
That’s it. I’m done for now. Back to Persian 1a. خدا حافظ
Okay, one last thing: I’ll add more information next time. Promise.