Citylife vs. IESS Trips

  On the University of Edinburgh campus, the two most prominent organizations for day/weekend trips are Citylife and IESS (International and Exchange Students Society). The two cater directly to international students wanting to see more of the UK. The affordable day and weekend trips Citylife and IESS lead are perfect for those studying abroad. Though…

A Coffee Addict’s Guide to Edinburgh and Beyond

Although I may not call myself a coffee addict, I am certainly addicted to coffee shops. The welcoming, cozy atmosphere is immediately alluring with no two shops alike. Most coffee shop addicts have their go-to shops back home, but living in a new city requires finding the best new places for a cup of joe….

Not Just a ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’

After walking past the Surgeon’s Hall Museum and the Anatomical Museum countless times, I decided to visit both of them for a Saturday full of medical marvels. Lucky for me, it was the last Saturday of the month, meaning the Anatomical Museum was open and free to the public. I have heard of warnings about…

So no one told you Erasmus was gonna be this way

This is the very beginning of the second semester, classes have started, and many things have happened. I came back home for one week only during the holidays because I wanted to be back on time in Scotland for Hogmanay. I do not regret my decision: Hogmanay was wonderful and I highly recommend you to…

The Weekend Diaries Part Two

This year my schedule is more organised, but also more packed than ever. Plans are being finalised and trips are already planned. The essay deadlines are lurking as well, but they are not going to cross my plans this time. This semester they have to work for me, not the other way around. Let me…

My Experience of Sleep Out in Edinburgh

Let me share an amazing experience I had in Edinburgh last month. On the 8thof December, I SPENT A WHOLE NIGHT OUTSIDE. You may wonder why I did such thing during a cold and harsh Scotland night. It was for a fundraising event called SLEEP IN THE PARK and what we did was basically that:…

The Middle of Literally Nowhere

In fall, I was fortunate enough to get to visit the highlands of Scotland – well, the lowest part of the highlands, anyway. There is so much about that region that lives up to its reputation. The sweeping hills, the low mists, the constant threat of rain – all of these features do indeed make…

Reflecting on the Last Few Months: Realities of Study Abroad

The fall term has almost come and gone. I really cannot believe it is almost time to go home for the holidays. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to return to Edinburgh to study abroad for the spring term as well but many friends I have made have to say goodbye to this wonderful…

Survival Guide to Missing Your Pets in Edinburgh

I have been blessed with two wonderful, absolutely fantastic dogs named Jeyson and Caramel, and I miss them every single day. This is especially true during dark times (read: essay season), when I feel like if we had ever met, I could have been e.e. cummings’s inspiration for the lines ‘You Are Tired / (I…

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…