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….

Arthur’s Seat Sunrise

What I love about Edinburgh is that even though it’s a big city filled with tons of people, a maze of streets to get lost on, and double-decker buses and cars that can run you over at any given moment, there are always places to escape to if you feel like you need to get…

A Magical December

Hey guys, I hope you all had a great Christmas break. I certainly did: it was so nice to see my family and some old friends again! I’m actually writing this blog entry while I’m still at home and ‘preparing’ for the new semester to start, which basically means that I’m doing nothing except for…

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…

Halloween, Gaelic Style – The Samhuinn Fire Festival

Halloween has started to cast its shadows over Edinburgh weeks ago. And by that, I don’t mean the impending Brexit which turned into a Happy Remain Day 3.0, but the vampire teeth made out of crisps on the shelves of Sainsbury’s and M&S, the clowns in high heels occasionally roaming the campus – but most noticeably…

Avoiding a “Study Abroad Rut”

It’s easy to stay spontaneous while abroad if you are traveling every weekend, but what happens when you’re just staying put? I realized that in my first month in Edinburgh, I was quickly getting into a routine. Sure, at my home university I have my routines and I’m okay with that. What I am NOT…

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…

Two Weekends Decidedly Spent Not Studying For Classes

Picture this: you’re hiking in the picturesque Scottish Highlands, enjoying nature, and breathing the fresh mountain air. You hear a bird song coming from the tree a little to your left. Suddenly, it hits you. You have two assignments due Tuesday that you haven’t even thought about starting. And the best part? It’s all ok….