Archive for the ‘March 2010’ Category

Easter Holiday (aka Spring Break!)

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

I am sitting in the living room right now looking at the snow falling from the sky. Yes, there is snow here…and it is almost April! This reminds me of the first day I arrived here. The sidewalks were covered in slush and it was so slippery.

I finished classes last Thursday, so for the last few days my flatmates and I have just been watching movies. It was great! But most of them are going home for about a week for Easter holiday. Tomorrow morning Josie and Sarah are leaving, so Alistair and I are the only ones left in the flat. It has been weird the past few days just watching movies and only having about 5 people here, but it is a nice change. Over the break I plan to do a lot of things around Edinburgh. Today I visited the Scottish Parliament. The building from the outside is very modern (and in my opinion, I think it is ugly), but after taking the tour, I learned to like the building a little bit more. I want to go back and hear a debate at the parliament. Next week, I am going to visit Steph (my flatmate) at her house. She lives in the highlands in Forres, which is 30 minutes from Inverness. I am so excited! And then on April 13th, we are having a joint Birthday party for Steph and Alistair…and the theme is the 1960s! We have to dress up, and there will be music from the 1960s. Then afterwards, we will go to a pub all dressed up in our 1960s attire…I can’t wait. A few days after the B-day party, Lindsay and I are going to London for 4 days. We have already booked our hotel and train tickets. It is pretty exciting because neither of us have been there before. We are also planning an Ireland trip after that. So even though the next few days might be quiet, I just have to think that there are so many great things happening in a few weeks!

Guess what?

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Guess what? I only have 2 more weeks of classes! Didn’t I just get here? It seems like it was January 7th a few days ago and I was boarding a plane at Dulles airport. Nope, that was over 2 months ago. Well, the old saying is right, “Time flies when you’re having fun.” So you are probably wondering when I am going back to the US if I only have 2 more weeks of classes. Well, there is a 3 week spring break here and Final Exams are spread out through a month. So for me, I have 3 final exams all in the same week (May 10 – 14). That means I have a six week spring break. Yeah, I wish I had a 6 week spring break every year! So during that time I am definitely going to travel to London and stay there for 3 nights. As for other plans, I am not so sure. I know I will be taking a lot of day trips to places in Scotland and even northern England. I will visit friends who are studying abroad in Ireland in May (when they are not traveling themselves). Also, I really want to go to Paris. I don’t know who else wants to go, but maybe a lot of things I will plan last minute.

Even though I do have a long spring break, I will enjoy just being in Edinburgh. Some of my flatmates will be going home just for a week, so I think there will always be people around here. I have a list of things to do here and I plan to do a lot of them during the break. This includes Flashlight Tag and Capture the Flag! I am so excited!

I just have to write a few short essays for my  Archaeology class and then I will begin my break! I know these 2 weeks will fly by just like the last 2 months have!

A noise from the street below

Monday, March 15th, 2010

I am sitting in my room and I just heard a loud noise outside. I opened the curtain and peered down into the street below. A man in a cape and a painted white face walks along the sidewalk. A short man runs away in a zig-zag formation looking like he just made that noise. A few people shout. About 10 or so people are following the caped man. Yup, it is another ghost tour. This has not been the first time I have seen a ghost tour. I have probably seen 3 or 4 from my window. There are so many different types of ghost tours in Edinburgh. That one was obviously very dramatic where people jump out and scare the tour. I went on 2 ghost tours where we looked at the hidden vaults underneath the city. One was a more historical tour and the other was a paranormal tour. I liked both of them because they were different. On the paranormal tour, we used a electromagnetic reader to see if there are any ghosts. The historical ghost tour told us stories about the people who used to live there. Maybe next time I look down at the street and see a person with a cloak and a painted white face it won’t be a tour guide, but and actual ghost…boo!

Loch Lomond Weekend Trip!

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Sorry it has taken me so long to write this post. I have been pretty busy the last few weeks.

On Saturday February 27th,  I left at 8:30 in the morning to on a weekend trip with the International Student Center. There were 90 of us all on 3 different busses. We were going on a tour with the Haggis tour company. So the whole weekend we went to many different places around Loch Lomond. The best part was our hostel! It was an old mansion! Here are the pictures…

Loch Lomond

 

Loch Lomond Youth Hostel

Ceilidh (dance) in the Hostel