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…

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…

Planet Melancholy

Ever visited Planet Melancholy? I do it on a regular basis. Melancholy has always been my favourite feeling. I know that for some people this sounds somewhat strange, because melancholy involves sadness, but I like this feeling because it turns every ordinary moment into something deep. The atmosphere changes; there’s a blurred line between present…

#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…

Understanding Home by Living Abroad

  By living and studying in Edinburgh for over two months, I’ve learned a lot about Scotland and Great Britain. I now understand the meaning of Bonfire Night, the true importance of a good cup of tea and the real history of tartan. I’ve also learned that Scotland is much more than Royal Mile tourist…

First Impressions

Hello everyone! First of all, let me introduce myself to you all. My name is Alba Sanchez and I am a third year Erasmus student reading English Literature and Linguistics here in UoE.  I arrived in Edinburgh a month ago, with my luggage not only full of unnecessary stuff (please, do not bother to bring…

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…

Ready or Not, Here I Go

The chance to study abroad that I had been waiting over half a year for is finally here! The first days here were a whirlwind of getting my living situation all settled and figuring out where in the city I exactly was. I like having a good home base to go back to, so the…

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…

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…

Lunar New Year in London

Coming back to your uni routine after a long break can be challenging. I spent my holiday staying up late and running out and about. Now it’s all about tutorials from 9am and afternoons spent in the library… welcome back I guess. Before I truly accept this fact, I thought ‘why not go on a…