Semester II – so far, so good…

Hey guys! It’s been a while again since I last wrote a blog entry. I hope you had a good start into the new semester and didn’t freeze to death in one of the numerous snow storms. But considering that each of them only lasted for about two hours, chances are very low, I guess….

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

Here we go again – another blog post by Laura, as I promised you a few days ago. 😉 What to do when you’re in Edinburgh – or somewhere else in Scotland: Glasgow: I had a great time when my Mum came to visit me a while ago. 🙂 It’s always nice to have somebody…

From Dunnottar Castle to Aberdeen

The hardest part of the semester is done, and it finally feels like we’re able to breathe again. I’m daring this broad generalisation because I haven’t met anyone yet who actually enjoyed the last two weeks of essay deadlines. We all had to hand in assignments, to take tests or midterm exams, and slowly but…

An Unexpected Journey to Amsterdam

Thinking back to about a month and a half ago when I first landed in London, after enduring an 11-hour flight from California, I was exhausted yet exuberant as Edinburgh felt closer than ever.  I got off the plane with my mom (who came over to Edinburgh with me to do some exploring of her…

A Letter from St Andrews

You can count the times I’ve been reckless throughout my life in the shades of blue beneath my eyes as I’m standing in front of Buccleuch Place 22B at twenty to eight on this Saturday morning. I’m wearing the warmest jacket I own that isn’t a winter coat, but it offers barely any protection against…

A Letter from the Highlands

This is a letter written on the road somewhere between Glenfinnan and Glasgow, the highlands to both sides of the windows and the sky a pastel bubblegum of blue and pink. On the front screen of the bus, the Death Eaters are currently attacking the camp at the Quidditch World Cup and the second screen…

Day Trip to Inverness

Blurry-eyed and still half awake, we arrived in Inverness by bus at 8am. Inverness, “Inbhir Nis”, meaning mouth of the River Ness in Gaelic, is a quaint picturesque city surrounded by the Scottish highlands. Having read Shakespeare’s Macbeth in my first year university English class, I had always wanted to visit Inverness. When I committed…

My Trip to the Glenfinnan Viaduct

The Glenfinnan Viaduct is famously known for its appearance in the Harry Potter films as the railway tracks of the Hogwarts Express. And although my fanaticism for Harry Potter had fizzled out years ago, a surprising wave of nostalgia had washed over me after seeing a picture of the monument during a presentation by the…

‘Yes, Mum, I eat well in Scotland!’

Before moving to Edinburgh, I had heard of the legendary deep fried Mars bars and thought that I would be strong enough to resist them. This year was actually my first time living away from my parents, so of course my mother was a little bit concerned and provided me with many tips on how…

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…

Last Few Months in Edinburgh…

So we finished semester 1 in December. Semester 2, the last one in Edinburgh for me, started in January.  And now Semester 2 is about to end… I can hardly believe that only a few months from now I have to be back to Japan.  I have such a mixed feelings about going home —…

3 days in London

Learning week was the opportunity for me to travel for 3 days in London: it was my first time there and I really loved it ! I obviously didn’t have enough time to explore all the city and had to choose where I wanted to go. So here’s a suggestion of itinerary for 3 days…