Thanksgiving 2019: Scotland & Ireland

This past weekend, we welcomed our current Scotland & Ireland students to Edinburgh for our annual Thanksgiving event! Here’s an inside look into what we got up to:

On Saturday, all students travelling from outside of Edinburgh arrived throughout the day. We all met at Browns restaurant in New Town for a delicious three-course Thanksgiving meal.

Everyone was given a place card with fancy typography and a Christmas cracker, the traditional British table decoration that contains a paper crown, a riddle, and a mini surprise gift!

One of the riddles read:

Who brings presents to sharks?

Santa Jaws.

As a little something extra special, we also gifted everyone with a chocolate bar from Coco, the Edinburgh-based specialty chocolatier!

Throughout our dinner, we got to enjoy tasty food as well as wonderful raspberry mocktails. Our staff also went around taking loads of polaroid photos for our students, so that everyone could take home some captured memories. And after the first course, one of our Scotland students, Richard Lindsey, performed an a cappella opera song for us all!

Once we had finished our large portions of dessert, we all gathered outside the restaurant to split into our walking tour groups.

Some of us attended a Harry Potter tour to learn all about J.K. Rowling’s local inspiration, and the rest of us went on a magical ghost tour to discover Edinburgh’s dark and witchy history. The tour guides definitely did not disappoint! They not only shared their extensive knowledge with us, but also an amazing amount of enthusiasm.

Later on, everyone dispersed to enjoy what what left of the cozy Saturday evening.

On Sunday morning, some students and staff gathered once more for a nice walk up to Calton Hill: the lovely lookout point with historical monuments, spontaneous dancers, and panoramic views of the city.

It was truly a lovely weekend and we’re so glad that so many people from the UCEAP community were able to join us. Thank you all so much, and we hope you enjoy the rest of 2019!