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…

Books to Read While Studying in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is one of 28 Cities of Literature, and in August hosts the “largest public celebration of the written word in the world.” Unfortunately, those studying abroad may not have the chance to experience the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Year-round, however, the city boasts a Book Lovers Tour, Harry Potter sites scattered around the city,…

I’m On Exchange in Edinburgh Part II

“There’s nary an animal alive that can outrun a greased Scotsman” – Groundskeeper Willie in Sweet Seymour Skinner’s Baadassss Song, The Simpsons (1994). I’ve always been hindered by some mass crippling doubt. It started when I was seven. I had just graduated from Stingrays to Dolphins at State Swim and it was time for us…

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…

— EAT, PRAY, LOVE — (or eat, eat and exercise)

What does an exchange semester mean to you? We could mention dozens of meanings but most of people agree on this: It’s all about trying new things. I tried to follow this vision and therefore went to a Taster Tango session. Feel the passion? That’s what I experienced on this introductory class with a girl- or boy-partner by your…

¡Hola! Hej! 안녕! – How to learn a Language in Edinburgh. Part II: Tandem

There is hardly any place that is more international than Edinburgh. With over 140 different nationalities, the university is highly multicultural – and multilingual. As a language enthusiast, you could not ask for a more inspiring and enriching environment to learn a language. There are two ways to do it.

¡Hola! Hej! 안녕! – How to learn a Language in Edinburgh. Part I: Courses

There is hardly any place that is more international than Edinburgh. With over 140 different nationalities, the university is highly multicultural – and multilingual. As a language enthusiast, you could not ask for a more inspiring and enriching environment to learn a language. There are two ways to do it.

Rugby : the beeline to Scotland’s heart

When you are an exchange student you tend to meet a lot of other international students – exchange or not. Especially in an university as cosmopolitan as Edinburgh. It is a great experience, you get to discover many traditions from all over the world. Everybody is far from home and want to try to keep…

High up in the highlands

I’m in my room, it is 1pm, I have just finished watching a film and I clumsily knocked over my bowl of cereal. Oh yes, it is one of these days! I won’t be of much use reading articles for my upcoming tutorials, so I decided to give writing my second blog a go. Here…

First feedback after a month at UoE

I have been attending courses at the University of Edinburgh for a month and I can definitely say I’m not disappointed! We have been warmly welcome during the welcome week at the beginning of September and now I’m really satisfied with my courses which I find of great quality. I panicked at first when I…

One for the ‘first times’

Three weeks have past by so quickly! It seems yesterday when I arrived for the first time in Edinburgh and the cold rain and wind made their proper welcome. First of all I would like to introduce myself: my name is Ester and I come from Málaga, which is a city in the south of…

Welcome Week and “Being Brave”

So, it’s my second week as an international student in Edinburgh and I’m only getting around to writing my first blog now. I know, I’m a cruel, neglectful blog-parent. I just hope that you can forgive this terrible oversight on my part and that we can start again on the right foot. Hello, my name…