And the winner is…

Oh, don`t you know? Well, then I suppose you didn`t see The Royal Bank of Scotland Varsity Match of the ancient rivals -> University of St Andrews vs. The University of Edinburgh. Not sure if it was because of my presence (which could have brought luck to our team), or persistently good performance of UoE…

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…

Hillwalking A Scottish Munro

In 1891, Sir Hugh Munro shocked Scotland’s hillwalking community with an article in the Scottish Mountaineering Club Journal. Munro was born in London, England, but eventually moved to the highlands of Scotland with his family. He spent his childhood hiking the highlands where he found his passion–hillwalking. Munro documented all of his hikes, and his journal…

I’m On Exchange in Scotland: Part I

“Patience, Highlander. You have done well. But it will take time. There are generations being born and dying. You’re at one with all living things. Each man’s thoughts and dreams are yours to know. You have power beyond imagination. Use it well my friend. Don’t lose your head.” (Highlander, 1986) I knew nothing about Scotland,…

— EAT, PRAY, LOVE — (or eat, eat and exercise)

What does an exchange semester mean to you? We could mention dozens of meanings but most of people agree on this: It’s all about trying new things. I tried to follow this vision and therefore went to a Taster Tango session. Feel the passion? That’s what I experienced on this introductory class with a girl- or boy-partner by your…

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…

Life in Edinburgh: An Introduction

Vacationing in a different country can be exciting and challenging. Tourists are often faced with the delightful challenge of adapting to a new climate, deciphering a new language, or adjusting to a new way of life. Most travelers spend a week, maybe two, in these places- just enough time to become, and remain, enamored by…

Info Dump

I decided to change things up from a ” WOW SCOTLAND” post, though one will come shortly :). I am instead going to explain my decision making process and what information is important while you (potential study abroad vagabond) are looking into the University of Edinburgh. This may seem obvious or perhaps blow your mind,…

BLOG 4: The other side of the University of Edinburgh

Good morning!!! This post was supposed to be written around two weeks ago but my uni duties took most of my time because I had one essay to write and family visiting me everything at the same time…Murphy’s law: if everything can be at the same time, it will be! hahaha… but I was able…

BLOG 5: Rediscovering the New Town + day trip to Rosslyn

Good afternoon my friends! Long time no see! It’s been a month since I wrote my last post and I have to say that it has been a quite busy month hahaha My lectures and tutorials are officially finished today and now I have to focus myself on the exams that are to come… But…

Freshers‘ life challenges

Confused? Impressed? Lost? Whatever your feelings are, remember: all of us are in the same situation. Everything is new for us…  people, places and even the way (quality) of life. You know, for some of us our previous life was a “mom hotel“. Every time we came back from high school on weekends or so,…