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…

5 Reasons to Visit the Scottish Highlands

All around me, I saw green and gold. Hills carpeted with tall grass met a blue sky on the horizon, and small, yellow flowers danced in clusters as the cold, Scottish wind blew. I could feel that wild wind tying knots in my hair and finding the places that my wool sweater did not cover,…

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…

Highlands & the Misty Isle

The magnificence of the Scottish Highlands is indescribable, so much so that words and pictures combined convey only a tiny fraction of the beauty of the place. Nevertheless, I’ll do my best. My trip to the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye started on a Friday morning at 7:30, waiting for the coach to…

#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…

Céad míle fáilte

In Ireland there is a saying, “Céad míle fáilte”. You probably won’t understand this, as you’re most likely not part of the 0.0000097 % of the world’s population that speaks Gaelic. Besides in a few coastal villages, this elegant and mystical language has all but been lost in Ireland. Irish students are required to study…

Ten things you need to know about studying at the UoE

While there is a lot of information about places to visit and things to do in Edinburgh and Scotland on the internet, I would like to share something one can experience only when actually going to the University of Edinburgh. I am talking about the teaching style: lectures, tutorials, professors and homework. Some aspects I…

Better and Better

Time flies, a month has passed since I first came to Edinburgh. As I explore more about this amazing city and expand my social circle, I’m obtaining more about the sense of identity and belonging. My life in Edinburgh is getting better and better and I’m willing to share some important moments with you. Pleasant…

New country, new Academia

A few weeks of the semester have now passed. I found all my classrooms, joined a few societies, got myself a ridacard, saw a rugby match, saw Prince Charles (not kidding), adapted to Scottish dialects (sort of) – I have even discovered how to not only connect to the wifi but also operate the printing…

The first month

‘Time flies when you’re having fun’ is the understatement of the century when it comes to exchange – over a month ago, I arrived wide-eyed and curious to the windy streets of Edinburgh, yet already we have reached week 5 of the university semester. The transition from tourist to student was seamless, as Freshers Week…

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…