Meet Our Bloggers 2016/17

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Name: Charlotte
Home Country: Canada
Home University: University of British Columbia
A fun fact about yourself: I’ve spent the past three summers teaching swimming lessons and lifeguarding!
What you are most looking forward to in Edinburgh: I’m almost-too-excited to visit all the museums and historic sites! I’ve always lived in relatively new cities, so I’m very excited to be surrounded by the history and architecture of Edinburgh.

Link to blog: https://usinedinb.wordpress.com/2017/03/06/72-hours-in-dublin/

Alex

Name: Alexandra
Home Country: USA
Home University: Muhlenberg College
in Allentown, PA

A fun fact about myself: I run for the cross country and track teams at my home university, and I am also a black belt in Karate.
What you are most looking forward to in Edinburgh: I am most looking forward to exploring the city, and meeting people from all over the world.

Link to blog: https://usinedinb.wordpress.com/2016/11/29/part-4-its-beginning-to-look-a-lot-like-christmas/

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Name: Enrique
Home Country: Spain
Home University: Salamanca
A fun fact about yourself :  I usually speak while I am sleeping which is quite scary if there are people nearby
What you are most looking forward to in Edinburgh: Meeting new people and learning much more about Northern Cultures and History.

Link to blog: https://usinedinb.wordpress.com/2017/03/06/from-the-very-south-to-northernmost-point/

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Name : Inès 
Home Country: France
Home university: University of Grenoble Alpes
A fun fact about myself: Rumour has it that I come from the past, I read so much 19th century literature that when I first spoke with native English speakers on a regular basis, they mocked my odd vocabulary.
What I am most looking forward to in Edinburgh: I’m eager to meet new people in such a big, international student community and go explore the country, especially the hills and mountains.

Link to blog:https://usinedinb.wordpress.com/2017/03/06/midwinter-numbness/

Cassandra

Name: Cassandra
Home Country: USA
Home University: University of Washington, Seattle
A fun fact about yourself: I once wrote a language in a day.
What you are most looking forward to in Edinburgh: Taking in the view atop Arthur’s Seat

Link to blog: https://usinedinb.wordpress.com/2016/11/10/isle-of-skye-and-other-scenes/

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Name: Christopher 
Home Country: United States of America
Home University: University of California Berkeley
A fun fact about yourself : The Masai giraffe = my spirit animal.
What you are most looking forward to in Edinburgh:  Meeting new people and exploring Scotland.

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Name: Marion 
Home Country : France
Home University: Université Grenoble Alpes (Grenoble, France)
Fun fact about myself:I’m crazy about travelling and can’t stay in the same place for too long a time. That’s why  I’m planning to buy a van when I get home and move around whenever and wherever I want.
What I’m most looking forwards to in Edinburgh:I’m really looking forward to be immersed in an unknown country with a different culture and a different school system. I wish to make friends from all over the world, improve my English and be able to discover all that Scotland has to offer!

Link to blog: https://usinedinb.wordpress.com/2016/10/20/first-feedback-after-a-month-at-uoe/

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Name: Pilar 
Home Country: Spain

Home University: University of Almería
Fun fact about myself: It’s hard to say. I’m a bit shy at the beginning but I’m kind and friendly. I love music and I am a bit scared of dogs. I also have an identical twin sister!

What I’m most looking forward to in Edinburgh: I am looking forward to spend the best time of my life in Edinburgh, meet a lot of new people and learn as much as possible about the city and the culture. Also, it’s going to be my first time living alone and outside home as probably will happen to most of the students there.

Link to blog: https://usinedinb.wordpress.com/2017/03/06/blog-3-getting-used-to-edinburgh-again/

erik

Name: Erik
Home Country: Germany
Home University: Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
A fun fact about yourself: I intend to learn at least 10 foreign languages before I die. Currently, I am learning my fourth. Language is power!
What you are most looking forward to in Edinburgh: Hiking up to Arthur’s Seat, enjoying the view over the city and taking pictures – Edinburgh’s “Table Mountain” is just an amazing landmark!

Link to blog: https://usinedinb.wordpress.com/2016/11/29/final-top-10-teaching-style-peculiarities/

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Name: Ester 
Home Country: Spain
Home University: Pontificial University of Comillas
A fun fact about yourself: When I am cooking I tend to spend more time dancing to the songs on the radio than actually preparing any meal at all.
What you are most looking forward to in Edinburgh: I am looking forward to getting to know new people, exploring a different country and getting to understand the British lifestyle. And maybe even meeting J.K. Rowling!

Link to blog: https://usinedinb.wordpress.com/2016/09/30/one-for-the-first-times/

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Name:  Laura 
Home Country : France
Home University: CUFR Jean-François Champollion
A fun fact about yourself:  For me, travel is one of the best things on earth, I love discovering a new country, amazing places and landscapes, meeting different people..Taking photos and film making are a few of my passions and I’m a little obsessed with sunsets. I will share many photos and the best things to do in Edinburgh.
What you are most looking forward to in Edinburgh: It will be my first experience in Edinburgh (and Scotland). I can’t wait to lose myself in its cobbled streets, fashionable walkways and especially in ancient alleys. I’d like to taste all the Scottish yummies (I’m a food lover). Furthermore I look forward to meet new people and spend an incredible year abroad !

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Name: Julia
Home Country : The Netherlands
Home University: Utrecht University
Fun fact about myself: I don’t mind the cold. As a kid, I used to put my cuddly toy in the fridge so it was cold when I had to go to sleep.
What I most look forward to in Edinburgh : Taking my first ever literature course, climbing Arthur’s seat and finding new hangouts. 

Link to blog: https://usinedinb.wordpress.com/2016/10/26/high-up-in-the-highlands/

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Name: Rosa
Home Country : Ireland
Home University: University College Dublin
A fun fact about yourself: I went to the same secondary school as the band U2, though obviously not at the same time as that would require some very strategic time travel.
What you are most looking forward to in Edinburgh: Being able to walk everywhere and catching a whole bunch of Pokemon!

Link to blog: https://usinedinb.wordpress.com/2016/11/29/the-isle-of-skye-alnwick-castle-and-loch-ness/

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Name: Elena 
Home Country: Italy
Home university: Roma Tre University
A fun fact about yourself: I often get lost in my thoughts, and when I come back to real life I realize that I’ve been accidentally fixing my gaze on people. So, if you are one of these people, I swear: I was not really watching you!
What you are most looking forward to in Edinburgh: What I expect from Edinburgh is everything and nothing . I think it is necessary to accept everything that will come from this experience and appreciate it . So the real thing that I am looking forward to in Edinburgh is developing myself, with some more knowledge, a few more friends and even more desire to see the world.

Link to blog: https://usinedinb.wordpress.com/2016/11/10/five-marks-less/

cecile

Name: Cécile
Home Country: France
Home University: Aix-Marseille Université
A fun fact about yourself: Once I was slapped in the face by a monkey on a beach in Thailand while I was trying to feed him.
What you are most looking forward to in Edinburgh: Meeting new people, speaking English, my linguistics courses.

Link to blog: https://usinedinb.wordpress.com/2017/01/27/rugby-the-beeline-to-scotlands-heart/

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Name: Hsiao-Ching
Home Country: Taiwan 
Home University: National Taiwan University
A Fun fact about yourself: Most of the time, I am very careful and seldom make big mistakes. Somehow I do some stupid little things from time to time. Like falling into a pond in an art gallery……
What you are most looking forward to in Edinburgh:  Extreme cold weather and all the people I meet there

Link to blog: https://usinedinb.wordpress.com/2016/10/31/from-taiwan-to-edinburgh-learning-from-asking-endless-questions/

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Name: Sofia Björk
Home Country: Sweden
Home University: Lund University
A fun fact about yourself:  Not-so-secretly believes the meaning of life can be found somewhere among the 22 players and ball that is the game of football, or in a nice “fika” consisting of a hot beverage of your choice and cake/cookies (because honestly, who only eats one?), preferably consumed in the presence of good friends. 
What you are most looking forward to in Edinburgh:  Experiencing the British culture, the city and meeting new people. 

Link to blog: https://usinedinb.wordpress.com/2016/11/29/tescoland/

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Name: Julie
Home country: France
Home university: Université Paris-Sorbonne
A fun fact about yourself: I can plug my nose with my upper lip
What you are most looking forward to in Edinburgh: societies and meeting so many new people! 

Link to blog: https://usinedinb.wordpress.com/2016/10/03/how-to-feel-at-home-away-from-home/

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Name:  Thanh Ha 
Home Country: Czech Republic
Home University: University of Heidelberg
A fun fact about yourself:  I am right-handed but brush my teeth with my left hand.
What you are most looking forward to in Edinburgh: Meeting new people and in the best-case scenario: become friends with them.

 Link to blog : https://usinedinb.wordpress.com/2017/03/06/lunar-new-year-in-london/

marko

Name: Marko
Home country: USA
Home university: DePauw University
A fun fact about yourself: I have the unique ability to do mediocre impressions of famous individuals and fictional characters, such as King George VI, Forrest Gump, Lord Voldemort, Richard Nixon, John F. Kennedy, and Vito Corleone.
What you are most looking forward to in Edinburgh: Exploring. My anticipation has grown the more I’ve learned about Scotland and its historic capital. I am eager to whet my curiosity by experiencing the daily routines and long-standing traditions of the Athens of the North.

Link to blog: https://usinedinb.wordpress.com/2017/01/26/getting-lost-in-edinburgh/