Scottish Castles You Should Visit

Argument on the number of castles in Scotland is controversial, but how many castles would you think there are?  The estimate (we can’t even count properly) says it varies wildly from 2000 to 4000. Wow, this honestly surprised me a lot. You may wonder what the definition of castle is.  Here are the two criteria: one, used…

Lessons from Creative Learning Week

The Festival of Creative Learning has now come and gone, and I spent my week off from classes walking around the city and an empty campus as well as attending workshops. When I heard about the different events running on campus, I decided to stay in Edinburgh and join in on the Festival while most…

Citylife vs. IESS Trips

  On the University of Edinburgh campus, the two most prominent organizations for day/weekend trips are Citylife and IESS (International and Exchange Students Society). The two cater directly to international students wanting to see more of the UK. The affordable day and weekend trips Citylife and IESS lead are perfect for those studying abroad. Though…

A Coffee Addict’s Guide to Edinburgh and Beyond

Although I may not call myself a coffee addict, I am certainly addicted to coffee shops. The welcoming, cozy atmosphere is immediately alluring with no two shops alike. Most coffee shop addicts have their go-to shops back home, but living in a new city requires finding the best new places for a cup of joe….

Not Just a ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’

After walking past the Surgeon’s Hall Museum and the Anatomical Museum countless times, I decided to visit both of them for a Saturday full of medical marvels. Lucky for me, it was the last Saturday of the month, meaning the Anatomical Museum was open and free to the public. I have heard of warnings about…

Happy Hogmanay!

After Christmas, I came back to a quiet Edinburgh. Winter break here means an abandoned campus, free choice of seat in your favourite coffee shop and an empty hallway in my usually busy twelve people apartment. I came back to see the big thing at the end of the year, join the party, the crazy…

Owlery

This week my best friend visited me from Seattle. We went to Duone castle, about two hours out of Edinburgh. From there, we went to the cold crispy shores of Loch Lomond. We went and explored the Necropolis in Glasgow. The cemetery was so old, it emanated a feeling of ancient history – not only…

Survival Guide to Missing Your Pets in Edinburgh

I have been blessed with two wonderful, absolutely fantastic dogs named Jeyson and Caramel, and I miss them every single day. This is especially true during dark times (read: essay season), when I feel like if we had ever met, I could have been e.e. cummings’s inspiration for the lines ‘You Are Tired / (I…

Exploring the National Museum of Scotland- 10 Things You Can’t Miss

  Edinburgh is full of museums – you’ll never get tired of visiting them, since there are a lot! But of all the museums in Edinburgh, the National Museum of Scotland is the most famous. Today, I would like to introduce what can’t be missed when visiting the National Museum of Scotland. The museum is…

A German in Edinburgh – moving in

It is 2:30 in the morning, I am three-quarters asleep and on my way to the Munich airport. “September to May. 9 months”, I think. If I put it into perspective with a hopefully 80+ life span it is not long at all. On the other side if I count the days there are approximately…

I Love Craigie’s Farm!

In my last post, I suggested going pumpkin picking at Craigie’s Farm, so I decided to put my own advice to action! After classes on Friday, I took two buses to get to Craigie’s Farm in South Queensferry. After about an hour of traveling to the farm, I had to walk about half a mile…