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Archive for January, 2010

The Hub

The other day I was walking along the Royal Mile, which is the main street in the Old Town. I came along this church near the castle, and I decided to go in. It was currently not a church, it was converted into a cafe and restaurant called The Hub. It was unexpected to see […]

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Celebrating Burns’ Night

Every year on January 25th, Scotland celebrates Burns’ Night. This is celebrating Robert Burns’ birthday on January 25th, 1759. He was a famous poet from Scotland…one poem you might recognize is “Auld Lang Syne.” Traditionally, people celebrate his birthday by eating Haggis, Neeps, and Tatties.  (Neeps are turnips and tatties are potatoes.) And then usually people have […]

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No, I did not see JK Rowling at the Elephant House

Two days ago, I was at a bookstore, and I wanted to buy all of the books about Scotland. They were really expensive…so I though, why don’t I go to the public library? I walked there (It is a 5 minute walk from my flat) and I love it! It is in a beautiful building. […]

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I am beginning to really love Edinburgh. The first week here I really liked Edinburgh, but I was unable to walk around and enjoy it because of the snow and the cold weather. This past weekend has been beautiful. I like to take advantage of any sunshine we get here! So I have been walking […]

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Warmer Day

Today was actually a warmer day. The past few days it was too cold to walk around, but today I walked along the Royal Mile. The Royal Mile is one of the main streets in Edinburgh. I went to the National Gallery of Art with Lindsay and Jaci. After that, we walked up to the […]

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Bus Tour

On Fridays I have no classes! So today was the weekend for me. Lindsay, 3 of my flatmates, and I went on a bus tour of Edinburgh. It was very good. We did not get off of the bus, but it was nice to see where the main attractions of the city were. Someday when […]

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January 12

I went to the International Student Center today and had free coffee in their lounge. They have free coffee and tea every afternoon. While I was there I met people from Austria, Pakistan, and Kenya. The guy I met from Austria said that he never saw the movie Sound of Music and most people in […]

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First Day of Classes

Today I had three classes: Archaeology, Celtic Civilization, and Architecture. I like all of them! Most of the students in my classes are American. The classes did not seem that different from the United States. They were definitely bigger than the classes at Mary Washington. I had one class that had about 60 people (which […]

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Orientation Day

Today was orientation day! We were in a lecture hall for most of the day. We learned about the classes and how to get involved. There is an international student center run by students and they have trips every saturday. The are usually day trips that cost significantly less than if we went by ourselves. This […]

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Day 2

So the first night here I slept 14 hours! I definitely needed that because I only got 2 hours of sleep on the plane the night before. I was planning on shopping all day, but I woke up at 1:30pm…so I just shopped in the afternoon. I got a cell phone to use in the UK […]

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