Meet Our Bloggers 2017/18

xin1Name: Xin
Age: 20
Home Country: China
A fun fact about yourself: I used to have a dog and a sunflower both named after my favourite non-fiction writer Peter Hessler. Oh, and my family name is my first name.
What you are most looking forward to in Edinburgh: Art galleries, hiking on the mountains, meeting different and interesting people.

andrew

Name: Andrew
Age: 20
Home Country: United States
A fun fact about yourself: I make a really good peanut sauce that goes with rice.
What you are most looking forward to in Edinburgh: I’m most looking forward to getting my feet on the ground in Edinburgh. I want to take the opportunity to explore the city by foot as soon as possible. Immersing myself in and growing familiar with the city are my first priorities once I arrive.and interesting people.

 

Erica

Name: Erica
Age: 19
Home Country: United States
A fun fact about yourself: I am from Minnesota and my favorite things are lakes, running, reading, and cookies.
What are you looking most forward to in Edinburgh?:  I am most looking forward to learning more about Scottish history, politics, and the people.

 

 

ZuzanaName: Zuzana
Home Country: Slovakia
A fun fact about yourself: 1. I count number of letters in the names of shops 2.My orientation in cardinal direction is disastrous inside of a building 3. My determination to be always the best in class usually drives my friends crazy (so think wisely before becoming one of them)
What you are most looking forward to in Edinburgh: Of course new people, the university and places… But let’s be honest: being so far from parents? That’s the best one. (I hope they won’t read this…)

Laura

Name: Laura
Age: 21
Home Country: Italy
A fun fact about yourself: I have a thing about Christmas: I start thinking of decorations, Christmas cookie recipes and presents in June. I know it’s a bit weird, but I cannot compare that time of the year with anything else! I really love spending it with my family and friends. We go ice skating and play board games after having unwrapped our gifts and I get always too excited!!
What you are most looking forward to in Edinburgh: Getting lost in the alleys of the Old Town, making a lot of friends, exploring Scotland and speaking English every single day  ( and surely I look forward  to December and the Christmas market!)

bethany

Name: Bethany
Age: 19
Home Country: Australia
A fun fact about yourself: In Edinburgh, there is – or there was four years ago, when I was there – a shop with the same name as me. ‘The Bethany Shop’ sold second-hand books and very cheap Harry Potter DVDs, so as far as I’m concerned they’ve got it spot on. My family and I bought The Chamber of Secrets for £2, and we watched it that night in our wonderfully British terrace house apartment.
What you are most looking forward to in Edinburgh: Just being in Scotland. The history, the castles, the old streets and churches, the hills and forests, the rain on the Royal Mile, the terrific accents, and maybe going back to ‘The Bethany Shop’ and getting The Prisoner of Azkaban

elizabeth

Name: Elizabeth
Age:  19
Home Country: Canada
A fun fact about yourself: I still get offered kids menus at restaurants.
What you are most looking forward to in Edinburgh: I love medieval Scottish history and can’t wait to learn more by visiting historic sites in person rather than just reading about them in textbooks

 

 

 

angkur

Name: Angkur
Age: 21
Home Country: United States of America
A fun fact about yourself: I was a street illusionist for a few years. These days I just create magic tricks and forget to write them down.
What you are most looking forward to in Edinburgh: Training with the University of Edinburgh Tae Kwon Do Club. I’m testing for my Black Belt when I come back home! Also I want to travel all over the UK and am currently in the market for a travel squad!

lisa

Name: Lisa
Age: 20
Home Country: Belgium
A fun fact about yourself: Some say I imitate seagulls very well. And I also wash my hair with egg – no relationship between the two.
What you are most looking forward to in Edinburgh: EVERYTHING. There seems to be many places full of history to explore in Edinburgh and around; I also like hiking, which seems pretty much compatible with Scotland; I would like to try different societies. But most of all: Freedom for 4 months! (Sorry if you are reading this, good parents).

ryotaro

Name: Ryotaro
Age: 21
Home Country: Japan
A fun fact about yourself: I love playing rakugo(落語), traditional Japanese comedy routine, and yo-yo, so I often join local events  in Japan and show my performance. In Edinburgh, I would like to show my rakugo IN ENGLISH! And of course coding; coding is relaxing for me.
What you are most looking forward to in Edinburgh:   I’m really looking forward to studying Informatics deeply, exploring this beautiful city, and meeting new people.

 

yixin

Name: Yixin
Age: 20
Home Country: China
A fun fact about yourself: I love kpop, love travelling, love table tennis and kick boxing, now learning cooking and Korean.
What you are most looking forward to in Edinburgh: the people! Cannot wait to make new friends.

amelie

Name: Amélie
Age: 19
Home Country: France
A fun fact about yourself: I can move my ears!
What you are most looking forward to in Edinburgh: To discover the wonders and secrets of this amazing city and experience the Scottish way of life!

helen

 

 

Name: Helen
Age: 21
Home Country: United States of America
A fun fact about yourself: I’m a buffalo chicken wing enthusiast (it’s only natural since I hail from Buffalo, NY) and I’ve survived 2 rounds of the infamous “Suicide Wings” from Anchor Bar. To balance out my wing intake I like to attend spin – a fitness experiment turned hobby since my first class last summer.
What you are most looking forward to in Edinburgh: Climbing both Calton Hill & Arthurs Seat to take in what I presume to be breath-taking views of the city!

hannah

Name: Hannah
Age: 20
Home Country: Australia
A fun fact about yourself: I cannot bake a cake without forgetting at least one key ingredient – in the past, this has included eggs, butter…
What you are most looking forward to in Edinburgh: Meeting students from around the world, and being able to walk up Arthur’s Seat as much as possible!

 

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Name: Ida
Age: 23
Home Country: Denmark
A fun fact about yourself: I once touched Dave Grohl.
What you are most looking forward to in Edinburgh: Scottish dialects and Edinburgh bookshops

 

Julie

Name: Julie
Age: 20
Home Country: France
A fun fact about myself: I am able to make my brows look like Jack Nicholson’s (but I don’t know if it is more fun or just scary).
What I am most looking forward to in Edinburgh: Meeting new people, learn about the Scottish culture and try to get the Scottish accent because it is so cool.

alba 

Name: Alba
Age: 21
Home Country: Spain
A fun fact about yourself:  As a good Spaniard, I am a professional napper
What you are most looking forward to in Edinburgh: Have the experience of my life both academically and personally.

 

oliviaName: Olivia
Age: 21
Home Country: Australia
A fun fact about yourself: I am a radio presenter and producer! Also, I’m a double gemini, which can be construed as being extremely fun or horrendously misguided. I like to think I’m a fun fusion of the two.
What are you looking most forward to in Edinburgh?:  I am keen to discover a new culture, a new way of life; I want to build a home somewhere so distinctly foreign and challenge myself in the most exciting way. As for the city itself, I am excited to discover the culture and history of this ancient pillar of two things I love most; English Literature and Deep Fried Mars Bars.

laraName: Lara
Age: 19
Home Country: Spain
A fun fact about yourself: whenever I feel demotivated I think of how many shelter dogs I’ll be able to take care of when I have my graduate job’s salary and then I keep going.
What you are most looking forward to in Edinburgh?: I really hope I get to know all its alleys and its ales. Meeting new people and creating new amazing memories sounds like the perfect plan for squeezing every second of my time in the wonderful Scotland (apart from studying my courses, that’s for sure).

patricia

Name: Patricia
Age: 20
Home Country: Spain
A fun fact about yourself: I tend to humanize books, and sometimes I look better after them and spend more time with them than I do with actual humans (I still really like humans – after all, they wrote all those books).
What you are most looking forward to in Edinburgh:  I’m particularly excited about the courses I’ll be taking, as well as about the approach that those subjects will be given by the professors at Edinburgh University. I am also eager to meet people from all around the world (which will probably be just as enriching, if not more, as the academic courses).

 

allyson
Name: Allyson
Age: 20
Home Country: United States of America
A fun fact about yourself: At my home university I host a radio show. I play all of my favourite music and talk on the air. I love it!
What you are most looking forward to in Edinburgh:  I’m really looking forward to experiencing another country’s culture for the first time. I can’t wait to meet people from all over the world while exploring the history and beauty which Scotland has to offer.

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Name: Angelina
Age: 20
Home Country: Russia
A fun fact about yourself:  I used to do judo, gymnastics, basketball, dancing, colourguard – not all at the same time though!
What you are most looking forward to in Edinburgh: Study political science (which is my major) in one of the oldest universities; share Russian culture and meet people from all over the world!

JIAWEN

Name: Jiawen
Age: 20
Home Country: China
A fun fact about yourself: I always feel enthusiastic to do challenging things like bungee jumping and backpacking, which make me stronger when facing difficulties.
What you are most looking forward to in Edinburgh: Historical attractions and colorful social life in Edinburgh are pretty appealing to me. Besides, I expect myself to get more independent and sociable during the exchange.

anashe

Name: Anashe
Age: 21
Home Country:
United States
A fun fact about yourself:  My first literary crush was Jack Kerouac…and he still kind of is…
What you are most looking forward to in Edinburgh: Exploring the city on foot and experiencing its magical architecture and people.

 

 

 

casey

 

Name: Casey 
Age:
20
Home Country: United States
A fun fact about yourself: I’m a Slytherin prefect in the UoE’s Harry Potter Society.
What I am most looking forward to:  Knowing the ins and outs of the city well enough to be able to give tours to friends and family who will visit in second semester.

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