Life in university accommodation

Before coming to Edinburgh I gave a lot of thought to certain things: the Scottish accent, my course choices, places I wanted to visit. Accomodation? Not so much. As a full-year visiting student I was guaranteed a room in university accomodation and I took full advantage of that. A quick application was filled out and…

Easter in Edinburgh

It seems like every holiday is made bigger in America, including Easter. I say this because, similarly to Halloween, I was surprised at the minor presence Easter had in Edinburgh. Leading up to the holiday, not much décor was put up and not a lot of events were organized to celebrate the holiday. I did…

Meeting the world

Internationality and the University of Edinburgh – these two go hand in hand. An idea that caught me right when I typed Edinburgh University into my web search for the first time that has now turned into reality. Life and uni in Edinburgh truly are multicultural. And that’s a big part of the fun! There…

Last Few Months in Edinburgh…

So we finished semester 1 in December. Semester 2, the last one in Edinburgh for me, started in January.  And now Semester 2 is about to end… I can hardly believe that only a few months from now I have to be back to Japan.  I have such a mixed feelings about going home —…

3 days in London

Learning week was the opportunity for me to travel for 3 days in London: it was my first time there and I really loved it ! I obviously didn’t have enough time to explore all the city and had to choose where I wanted to go. So here’s a suggestion of itinerary for 3 days…

Lessons from Creative Learning Week

The Festival of Creative Learning has now come and gone, and I spent my week off from classes walking around the city and an empty campus as well as attending workshops. When I heard about the different events running on campus, I decided to stay in Edinburgh and join in on the Festival while most…

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:…