My Trip to the Glenfinnan Viaduct

The Glenfinnan Viaduct is famously known for its appearance in the Harry Potter films as the railway tracks of the Hogwarts Express. And although my fanaticism for Harry Potter had fizzled out years ago, a surprising wave of nostalgia had washed over me after seeing a picture of the monument during a presentation by the…

A Letter on Moving to Scotland

This is a letter written in between two countries on an air-plane going North, addressed to no one in particular as you’d expect from someone on a journey. When your environment keeps changing, your addressees consequently do, too. The last few days are a blur outside of the frost covered windows of the plane, snippets of…

Eurovision watched by winners and losers in the Outer Hebrides

        I guess that if your country does not take part in the annual Eurovision song contest, it is difficult to understand the frenzy it can arise amongst some people. Not everybody watches it in Europe, since the participation of a country has less to do with the European Union than with…

‘Yes, Mum, I eat well in Scotland!’

Before moving to Edinburgh, I had heard of the legendary deep fried Mars bars and thought that I would be strong enough to resist them. This year was actually my first time living away from my parents, so of course my mother was a little bit concerned and provided me with many tips on how…

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…

Scottish Castles You Should Visit

Argument on the number of castles in Scotland is controversial, but how many castles would you think there are?  The estimate (we can’t even count properly) says it varies wildly from 2000 to 4000. Wow, this honestly surprised me a lot. You may wonder what the definition of castle is.  Here are the two criteria: one, used…

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…

Trip to Steall Waterfall

  The 18th of January I was going to the airport with a big smile on my face because two of my best friends, Celia and Ricardo, came to visit me from Spain for my birthday. After an evening of celebrations and a little sleep, without even having shown them Edinburgh, we woke up the…

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…