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…

Day Trip to St Andrews

Hi, my name is Riho Sayama. I am an exchange student from Japan.  My major at Japanese university is political science, but here in Edinburgh I am studying social policy, social work and Scottish studies! This is my very first article on this blog.  Today I would love to share my experience of a day…

Two days in Loch Lomond

After two weeks spent in Edinburgh discovering the city and trying to get used to my new life, I decided it would be nice to start exploring Scotland. After a few researches, I chose to go to Loch Lomond for the weekend. It is one of the most famous lochs of Scotland – and for…

Organising your own trips in Scotland: tips and ideas !

Hi everyone! Today I have chosen to present you two ideas of trips in the Highlands that you can organise by yourself. They both last three days, and you will see that I have included an approximative budget for them that counts for accomodation, food, bus tickets etc… I know it can seem to cost…

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…