A Final Goodbye

Today is my last day in the Edinburgh Study Centre and my last week in Scotland.  The office is strangely quiet since Fraser left on Friday.  In this silence, I am looking out of the window to the icy meadows just behind the university. Huddled in my winter coat, I’ve trudged through these meadows and…

A Note of Gratitude

This morning marks the first of November, my second to last month in Scotland and as an intern within the Edinburgh Study Centre.  Before walking to work today I sat at my kitchen table, shivering in the chilly autumn air, drinking tea from a mug which depicts a snowy winter day above Princes Street and…

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 want 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…