Happy Turkey Day all! We recently rounded up 150 of our lovely Scotland, England, and Ireland students for an incredible Thanksgiving celebration in Edinburgh, Scotland. The day was filled with festive events, such as a 3-course Thanksgiving meal at Brown’s Edinburgh, where we were spoiled with entertainment in various forms. All students received a UCEAP Scotland sticker, festive crackers, a UCEAP Scottish Maple keychain, and a polaroid keepsake.
We also had a lovely, heartfelt speech from our UCSB/King’s College student, Noah Cohen, describing the incredible time he’s had abroad and all the things for which he is thankful. Some of us were almost in tears as he spoke about the people and experiences he feels lucky to have in his life, as well as what UCEAP and study abroad has meant to him.
After Noah’s amazing speech, the lunch carried on with the excitement with a special treat from the Edinburgh Study Centre Programme Intern, Heather Ewart, and her father, David Ewart. David, a professional violinist from Los Angeles, was visiting Edinburgh at the time of the event, so he thought he’d pop in to entertain the students during the event. He played a trio of Scottish tunes on his violin as the students clapped him along. Below is a clip of some of the festive tunes David played for everyone in attendance:
After finishing up our final dessert course, the staff and students split up to attend various walking tours of Edinburgh. These tours included some spooky ghost and underground vaults tours, as well as two Harry Potter tours, and one general Edinburgh city tour. Luckily, the weather in Edinburgh was lovely and the students had a great time on each tour. Below are some pictures from the walking tours:
The evening concluded with a beautiful play at King’s Theatre, Shakespeare in Love. The play, which was about Shakespeare’s journey in writing Romeo and Juliet, was a perfect end to a jam-packed day of festive food and events. After the theatre, England and Ireland students traveled back to the hostel for a good night’s rest before returning home the next day.
Overall, the event was a hit with students and staff! Everyone seemed to have a lovely time coming together to celebrate Thanksgiving. The UCEAP Edinburgh and London study centre staff also had a great time celebrating the holidays with the Scotland, England, and Ireland students before their return to California. We will miss you all and we hope you have a lovely holiday season!