What I’ve been up to in the meantime – part I

Hey guys, after surviving the Scottish flu twice, as well as a ton of essays and exams, I’m finally back! And since so much has happened since my last blog post, I’m going to split this one into two parts.

Fire alarm!

One of the worst experiences here – if not the worst experience – so far was when I woke up at 4:30 in the morning because of a horrible noise. First, I was so confused that I thought it might be the doorbell – luckily, it wasn’t. I wouldn’t want to hear this siren every time the postman delivers a parcel to somebody. After realizing that it was the fire alarm and seeing people gather in the courtyard, I took my jacket and went downstairs as well. I almost immediately met my flatmate, and just like everyone, we watched as the fire brigade arrived and went into another building of our student accommodation. And – that’s it. Nothing happened. There was no fire, and we could just go back to bed. It took me a while to go back to sleep, and I seriously thought that I had just dreamt everything, until I saw a Facebook post on the next day. This post said that somebody in the accommodation had celebrated a party and that some people had confused the fire alarm with the light switch.

Now, I understand that it can be tempting to walk past the fire alarm thinking “If I wanted to do this, I could just do it now.” But please, guys, don’t do it. You will wake up about 200 people, if you’re living in the same or a similar accommodation as me, and that’s just not the best way to be woken up. Also, you’ll probably have to pay some kind of fee for the fire brigade – at least that’s what you would have to do in Germany.

What to do when you’re in Edinburgh:

I’ve been on some short trips by now, and I first want to talk about the things you can do within the city.

Cramond Island:

This little Island is something really special, because it is connected to the mainland by a little bridge. It’s very nice, but go there when the weather is good! It was windy and rainy when I went there, so the photos I took are not very picturesque, but I imagine it beautiful with sunshine. But you need to pay attention to the ebb and flow times, because as soon as the water comes back, you are trapped on the island, since it covers the entire bridge. So, don’t go too late!

Dean Village:

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Last time I already talked a little bit about my flatmates. To be honest, I still haven’t seen the guys that much, but Aušrine, the only other girl, and I got to know each other quite well by now. And going to Dean Village was actually the first thing we did together.

The village is really beautiful and a great setting for photos. You can also take a nice walk by a small river, and the whole atmosphere is just very calm and peaceful. I definitely recommend it, but just like Cramond, it’s actually not that close to the city centre, so you might want to take the bus instead of walking, if the weather is not that good.

Royal Botanic Gardens:

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I also went there together with Aušrine, and this is the part where I want to say how much I appreciate her: I was feeling pretty sad and annoyed before we went to the Botanic Garden together, because of something I don’t want to talk about here. But it didn’t have anything to do with the university – I really like my classes and my classmates a lot! One of the things I did to feel better was to watch the entire new season of The Crown in one sitting – which didn’t really help (maybe because I miss the old cast so much :(). Additionally, I had had a really bad evening at a pub the day before: I actually went there with my friend, but then a guy who I didn’t find that nice – to put it politely – tried to flirt with me for the whole time, although I made it very clear that I was not interested AT ALL. So, here’s some flirting advice for the guys: first of all, no doesn’t mean yes. It means no. And constantly criticising a girl and discussing with her is not attractive. It’s annoying.

However, this little trip on the next day really helped me to get in a better mood. So, Aušrine, if you’re ever reading this (which you will, because I’m going to send you a link to it :)), thank you so much for cheering me up! You’re such a sweet person and I’m glad that we’re friends!

So, let’s talk about the garden: it is soooo beautiful! You guys should definitely go there when you’re in town. The garden itself is for free, but you have to pay 7 pounds (6 for students), if you want to see the glass houses – which you should definitely do! The glasshouses contain tropical plants and even trees, and when you enter, it’s like stepping into another world. It’s definitely worth it. Another highlight are the squirrels, who don’t seem to be afraid of humans at all. 🙂

So, as a little conclusion for this first part I just want to say: if you guys are feeling sad, please leave your room. Go out, take a walk, maybe with somebody you like – or alone, if you prefer that. Just don’t lock yourself in your room, because that won’t help you to get in a better mood.

As I already said, I’m going to post another blog entry in a few days. There won’t be such a long break between my entries anymore – pinky promise! 😉

Much love,

Laura