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…

Venturing into the Scottish Highlands!

After spending two weekends settling into Edinburgh as a new visiting student, I finally got the chance to venture out into the Highlands of Scotland! As an avid Outlander fan and nature-lover, travelling to the Highlands was an obvious must. So, bright (or more aptly, very foggy) and early on Sunday morning I hopped into…

Two days in Loch Lomond

After two weeks spent in Edinburgh discovering the city and trying to get used to my new life, I decided it would be nice to start exploring Scotland. After a few researches, I chose to go to Loch Lomond for the weekend. It is one of the most famous lochs of Scotland – and for…

Harry Potter Culture in Edinburgh

Auld Reekie draws Harry Potter-loving tourists from all over the world, so it’s unsurprising that the University of Edinburgh should also attract prospective students who love the franchise. For me, one of the factors that gave UoE an edge over London universities was a conversation I had with a student at my home college who…

Books to Read While Studying in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is one of 28 Cities of Literature, and in August hosts the “largest public celebration of the written word in the world.” Unfortunately, those studying abroad may not have the chance to experience the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Year-round, however, the city boasts a Book Lovers Tour, Harry Potter sites scattered around the city,…

Short Trips on a Budget I

Owning a Ridacard will certainly encourage you to travel more and move around Edinburgh. Apart from its day, night and 24/7 airport services, you would also have unlimited Lothian Country Services and East Coast Bus included. Knowing this last bit of information, you may want to consider going to these four destinations (just like I…

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…

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,…

Lunar New Year in London

Coming back to your uni routine after a long break can be challenging. I spent my holiday staying up late and running out and about. Now it’s all about tutorials from 9am and afternoons spent in the library… welcome back I guess. Before I truly accept this fact, I thought ‘why not go on a…