My trip to the Highlands

You can’t visit Scotland without also paying a visit to the famous Highlands. The scenery is so different from what you get in Edinburgh and it’s definitely well worth a visit. I visited the Highlands on a crisp autumn day which was (quite miraculously) full of sun and barely any rain. I would definitely recommend…

You’ve arrived in Edinburgh – now what?

After months of planning, waiting and dreaming, you’ve finally made it to the city, ready to enjoy your time abroad. But you found that you feel a little listless – classes won’t start until another week, you don’t know anyone, you don’t really have any plans. So, here is my advice on what to do…

5 Magical Facts About Edinburgh

“Woah…Where is Harry Potter.” Hi I’m Ayumi from Japan, a newly arrived exchange student who is going to stay for one semester in this magical city, Edinburgh. As I first arrived at the Royal Mile, I felt my heart beating not only because I was carrying a big suitcase and two backpacks on the cobbled…

Hi Everyone!

This is my first blog post so I thought it would be best if I gave a brief introduction and background on myself. My name is Sarah and I was born and raised in Texas (a state in the United States if anyone needs clarification). After graduating from high school, I decided to go off…

‘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 —…

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…

A Coffee Addict’s Guide to Edinburgh and Beyond

Although I may not call myself a coffee addict, I am certainly addicted to coffee shops. The welcoming, cozy atmosphere is immediately alluring with no two shops alike. Most coffee shop addicts have their go-to shops back home, but living in a new city requires finding the best new places for a cup of joe….