So This Is What Homesick Feels Like

As I bumbled through the first semester at Edinburgh, and am now hurtling into the second, homesickness becomes more and more intense. I started to calculate how many days are left before I can go back(123 days); I looked for my home on Google maps, only to find a vacant construction site where the apartment…

After Four Months in Edinburgh…

Since I arrived in Edinburgh with a 30kg suitcase on September 9, 2017, it has been exactly four months now. It feels like only four days as there are still so many things I have  not yet tried and so many places I haven’t got time to visit. It also, however, feels like four full…

Healthy (and Inexpensive) Vegetarian Shopping in Edinburgh

Do not despair, vegetarian incomer! Affordable vegetarian options are a reality in this city. Yes. Sticking to a budget-friendly healthy-eating regime while being a student in Edinburgh is possible. There are plenty of vegetarian items at the grocery stores and restaurants with lots of options that do not break the bank. For this post, I…

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…

#2 An American in Edinburgh

People seem to immediately know I’m American, be it the way I pronounce “literally” with four syllables instead of three or the fact that I refer to the till as a register and still ask where the restrooms are instead of the toilets. Being abroad in Edinburgh has more barriers than just language and the…

Ten things you need to know about studying at the UoE

While there is a lot of information about places to visit and things to do in Edinburgh and Scotland on the internet, I would like to share something one can experience only when actually going to the University of Edinburgh. I am talking about the teaching style: lectures, tutorials, professors and homework. Some aspects I…

Better and Better

Time flies, a month has passed since I first came to Edinburgh. As I explore more about this amazing city and expand my social circle, I’m obtaining more about the sense of identity and belonging. My life in Edinburgh is getting better and better and I’m willing to share some important moments with you. Pleasant…

The first month

‘Time flies when you’re having fun’ is the understatement of the century when it comes to exchange – over a month ago, I arrived wide-eyed and curious to the windy streets of Edinburgh, yet already we have reached week 5 of the university semester. The transition from tourist to student was seamless, as Freshers Week…

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…

I’m On Exchange in Scotland: Part I

“Patience, Highlander. You have done well. But it will take time. There are generations being born and dying. You’re at one with all living things. Each man’s thoughts and dreams are yours to know. You have power beyond imagination. Use it well my friend. Don’t lose your head.” (Highlander, 1986) I knew nothing about Scotland,…

— 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…

Adventures in Welcome Week

Hey! Welcome to my blog! My name is Jiawen, a Chinese girl studying in University of Edinburgh as a visiting student. Beijing, the city I stayed since I was a child, is a historic and vivid city just as Edinburgh, but differences do exist that sometimes I feel myself coming from another planet(ಡωಡ). However, I…