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…