Goodbye, Edinburgh

It wasn’t easy, but I made it out of exam-month alive, with a few shreds of dignity and a teaspoon of sanity left—although even these may be wrenched from me when the grades are released. I limped along with the help of coffee and wine and over-sleeping and under-sleeping. My eating habits were irregular or…

Skye High

I shouldn’t be writing this. I should be studying for my three exams (the first of which is in a week!) and preparing for two exam essays, but April was a month of such copious travel that I need to record those moments before I forget them. And working on my blog is also such…

The Queens of Finlaggan

A long, long time ago, in a galaxy free of essays and assignments and overseas visitors, I promised a blog post devoted entirely to an afternoon of shenanigans I spent on Loch Finlaggan in Islay. Now, belatedly, I would like to follow through on that promise—mostly because the pictures are just too good to miss….

March Madness

My last blog entry was uploaded nearly a month ago, and it’s jarring to realize that this is the first free evening I’ve had since. March has been the busiest month so far, and it’s just zoomed by. Now, on the brink of April, I’m entering my last week of classes—then it’s onto Easter Vacation,…

Islay Life

Innovative Learning Week has come and gone, and although I returned to university life on Monday and plunged headfirst into the soul-sucking bog of essay writing and irregular-verb-memorizing, I have the shining memories of last week to keep me from despair. Although some fools spent their edu-vacations (copyright Rebecca Gyllenhaal) in Florence or Madrid or…

My Life In Pictures: Majestic, but a Little Misleading

If you asked me to relate everything I had done and seen during the last few weeks, I would, first of all, crawl out from beneath a pile of blankets, and then I would reply, “Uh…mostly homework. I did my laundry, finally. I washed my dishes. I walked to Tesco. Tesco is far away.” (The…

Tha gaol agam air Gàidhlig!

It’s hard to believe that I’m already two weeks into my second semester at Edinburgh University. Christmas break seems like a lifetime ago, but I feel so lucky that I got to spend three solid weeks in my warm, cozy home with my friends, family, and kitty. It was a much-needed break, as social and…

A (Not So White) Edinburgh Christmas

Christmas is a week from today! I’ve been faithfully opening the windows on my advent calendar and counting down the days. However, there are still three long days between me and my flight, and I can honestly say that I’m itching for home, where there’s snow on the ground and a Christmas tree in the…

Speculations Spurred by the Sight of Sheep

It’s 10PM on a Friday night, and I’m sitting at my desk drinking tea and eating massive quantities of Tesco tea-biscuits. I’m wrapped in two blankets because the university administrators seem to be trying to cut energy costs by not heating my flat.  My adventures in Oxford have come to an end, and I’m finally…

Inverness and Back Again: A Highland Tale (Part Two)

Day Two At 8AM sharp on Sunday morning, I was among the forty-odd exhausted and disoriented students who dragged themselves out of the warmth of their hostel bunk-beds and onto the bus. A few miles east of Inverness, we arrived at our first stop of the morning, the Clava Cairns—a site that our tour guide,…

Inverness and Back Again: A Highland Tale

Day One I’ve avoided writing this post because, frankly, I have no idea how to distill my experience of the Highlands into a short blog post and a few photographs. I know that anything I write cannot hope to capture a fraction of what I saw and felt. But the dreaded time has finally arrived….

Samhuinn Shenanigans

At 7:45AM tomorrow morning, I will drag myself out of bed and clamber aboard a bus that will take me to Inverness and back, with stops along the way at Glencoe, Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, and the Blair Athol whiskey distillery. Before I am swept away on a magical Highland adventure, I thought I should…