A Feel for Fringe

The first week of the Fringe Festival has just kicked off in Edinburgh and the city has transformed from a beautiful, historical Scottish capital to a tremendous hub for thousands of daily performances ranging from opera to Trainspotting-inspired raves and everything in between.  According to the Fringe website, this spectacular festival started off as a…

Reverse Homesickness

It will seem like everyone you speak to about studying abroad is eager to share what an incredible, eye-opening, life-changing experience they had getting to know a new country; employing any excuse possible to talk to you about their time away: Oh, I see you’re breathing oxygen? This one time, when I was in Scotland…

Finding Lasting Local Friends Abroad

*Making local friends is not a barometer of your success abroad! I just wanted to offer some advice about how to do so if this is the type of experience you’re seeking.* Studying abroad, for me, was like entering into a bizarre kind of time machine that transported me back to freshman year but in…

It’s Never Too Cold for Ice-cream

As I have stated countless times on this blog, and as some of you know from first-hand experience, the weather in Scotland is a temperamental beast.  One minute it will be hailing and the next there won’t be a cloud in the sky… sometimes these two things even coincide.  Despite all of the uncertainty, what’s…

Four Scottish Seasons… All in One Day

Some people leave a trail of broken hearts wherever they go… I leave a trail of broken umbrellas.  As a thorough bred valley girl, I embraced the Scottish weather with all of the optimism in the world believing, naively, that an umbrella would safely escort me from location to location.  Instead, I found, the wind…

Snack time in Scotland’s Capital

Every Californian I know, myself included, seems to be born with an inherent snobbery when it comes to good Mexican food because most of us replace our bottles with burritos at a very young age.  Bearing this in mind, it is a bold move to leave the sunshine and avocados behind to move to Scotland where…