Welcome Back, Edinburgh! or My 10 Plans for 2018

After three weeks of relaxing, Edinburgh has welcomed me back with its towers and hills, rain and clouds. Everything feels strangely familiar, as if I hadn’t been away at all. The buses are still stuck in traffic, bagpipes still playing, Princes Street still crowded and Arthur’s Seat overlooks the city, still. But it’s a new…

Short Trips on a Budget I

Owning a Ridacard will certainly encourage you to travel more and move around Edinburgh. Apart from its day, night and 24/7 airport services, you would also have unlimited Lothian Country Services and East Coast Bus included. Knowing this last bit of information, you may want to consider going to these four destinations (just like I…

5 Reasons to Visit the Scottish Highlands

All around me, I saw green and gold. Hills carpeted with tall grass met a blue sky on the horizon, and small, yellow flowers danced in clusters as the cold, Scottish wind blew. I could feel that wild wind tying knots in my hair and finding the places that my wool sweater did not cover,…

Highlands & the Misty Isle

The magnificence of the Scottish Highlands is indescribable, so much so that words and pictures combined convey only a tiny fraction of the beauty of the place. Nevertheless, I’ll do my best. My trip to the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye started on a Friday morning at 7:30, waiting for the coach to…

Céad míle fáilte

In Ireland there is a saying, “Céad míle fáilte”. You probably won’t understand this, as you’re most likely not part of the 0.0000097 % of the world’s population that speaks Gaelic. Besides in a few coastal villages, this elegant and mystical language has all but been lost in Ireland. Irish students are required to study…

Hillwalking A Scottish Munro

In 1891, Sir Hugh Munro shocked Scotland’s hillwalking community with an article in the Scottish Mountaineering Club Journal. Munro was born in London, England, but eventually moved to the highlands of Scotland with his family. He spent his childhood hiking the highlands where he found his passion–hillwalking. Munro documented all of his hikes, and his journal…

Life in Edinburgh: An Introduction

Vacationing in a different country can be exciting and challenging. Tourists are often faced with the delightful challenge of adapting to a new climate, deciphering a new language, or adjusting to a new way of life. Most travelers spend a week, maybe two, in these places- just enough time to become, and remain, enamored by…

The 5 Best Places to Visit in the UK

My semester is sadly coming to an end. But before I board the plane and head back home, I must divulge my favorite places in Britain. If you’re itching to visit the United Kingdom, these are the five places you do not want to miss. 5. Stirling The oft forgotten city and gateway of the Highlands…

Heaven on Earth?

As impressed as I am with the man-made structures in Scotland, I am more impressed with the structures that man had no part in creating.  By no means am I exaggerating when I say that the Scotland may just be the most beautiful place I have ever seen. I have  ascended into the jungle mountains…

Lunar New Year in London

Coming back to your uni routine after a long break can be challenging. I spent my holiday staying up late and running out and about. Now it’s all about tutorials from 9am and afternoons spent in the library… welcome back I guess. Before I truly accept this fact, I thought ‘why not go on a…

From the very south to northernmost point.

Back to the old routine, now. Essays, tutorials, lectures, library times. The holidays are over now. However that does not mean we cannot enjoy the wonders of the island. I spent my holidays not going back to my country (as most visiting students do) but staying here and enjoying the places of England. I went…

72 Hours in Dublin

A few weekends ago, I was lucky enough to spend the weekend in Dublin, Ireland, visiting a good friend who’s doing an internship there. Dublin is a truly wonderful city, with a rich history and interesting layout. The vibe of the city varies from truly historical and seaside to modern and cosmopolitan to edgy and…