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…

Shocking my Culture… One day at a time

The featured image is the last picture I took of New York City before embarking on my study abroad experience. Seeing as this is my first post, I want to take a minute to share a small story of how I got to this moment right now.  A few days ago, my flat held a small party…

Fears and Expectations: My thoughts upon arrival

  I have now replaced the cold and wet Danish climate with the equally cold and wet Scottish climate, and I am full of questions and expectations for my time here: Will it be difficult to adjust to a different teaching style? How will I fit all the books on my reading list into the…

Info Dump

I decided to change things up from a ” WOW SCOTLAND” post, though one will come shortly :). I am instead going to explain my decision making process and what information is important while you (potential study abroad vagabond) are looking into the University of Edinburgh. This may seem obvious or perhaps blow your mind,…

Five Marks Less

And another month has passed. I still look like a desperate housewife, now bathing the orchids on Wednesdays is a must that I can not give up. I still do gaffe every day of my life. One of the most memorable that it is absolutely necessary to mention, was when -after arriving breathless and of…

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…

1 Month in Edinburgh… I’ve settled in!

“We have nice flying weather today but there will be some showers in Edinburgh.” Over one month ago I was sitting on an aeroplane heading for Scotland. I was excited but worried at the same time because I could only guess what would be expecting me. It turned out that there was no need to worry – I fell…

Fresh off the plane

Exactly one month ago I waved goodbye to my family at the airport and couldn’t wait to see how Edinburgh welcomes me. Much to my surprise the weather was sunny and pleasantly chilly during the first weeks. I took longer to settle in than expected. In fact, I have sat down countless times to start…

On the Value in Getting Lost

As someone who gets fairly lost fairly easily, the idea of being in Europe for the first time and not having access to Google Maps made me feel a little like one very lost ant in someone else’s terribly disorganized anthill. Thinking this, getting a new phone plan set up was one of my biggest…

Edinburgh: Early Days

Hi, I’m Cass. I’m a third year Visiting Student from the US, now entering my fourth week in Edinburgh. I’ve not written a blog post yet so there’s a lot to catch up on. Here’s a recap of my first couple of weeks: FIRST DAY (September 10) I landed in Edinburgh at 10:55AM, sweaty and disheveled…

How to feel at home away from home?

Hello dear people of the internet and welcome to Edinburgh, the city in the centre of which there is a volcano. Edinburgh is the perfect size, not too small, not too big. You can do everything by foot but there will always be somewhere you have not been yet. I instantly felt like home in…