Hello friends and fam! I haven’t updated in a while, so here’s what is going on in my life. I just passed the one month marker of Scottish living. Can you believe it?? It’s so strange to think I only have 3 months left. Classes have been going well. I usually don’t spend a lot of time in class, but we are expected to do our own reading and come prepared. Which is good or bad, depending on my intrinsic desire to study on a particular day. But oh well. The majority of my stress comes from the college transfer process I’m currently undergoing. Salisbury University Class of 2014! But even with all the paperwork, I’m really enjoying it here. If you have a thing for eating potatoes at every meal, come to the UK. They would love to accomodate. It’s their baked goods that are a little TOO good.
Now my exciting news! This coming Friday I leave for a weekend trip to Oslo, Norway for some touristy-ness. We’re planning on hitting a bunch of museums and sights within the city for two days, then a quick flight back to continue with classes. None of us speak Norwegian, so this will be an interesting adventure! Can’t wait to put up pictures!
Off to go enjoy the beautiful Scottish Spring day we’re blessed with today.
Today myself and a few friends decided to hike the coastal trail near us. The bus ride to the town were going to start in took around an hour but it certainly didn’t seem like it because we spent the entire time staring at the gorgeous Scottish country-side on the right and coast on the left. We were dropped off in the town of Elie (ee-lee) but didn’t quite know how to get to the trail from there. After wandering a bit, we found a wynd (small street between two buildings) that took us directly to the beach. That’s where the fun began. As soon as we stepped out onto the beach, we were blasted by 40 mph winds coming off the water. It was insanely cold and incredibly difficult to walk. We took as many pictures of the water that we could before running back onto the main street for cover. We took the main road all the way up to this cliff which coincidentally runs onto a golf course. Unfortunately, we never actually made it to the coastal trail, but we found an incredible cove right off the golf course.
We finished the day with scones and tea at a local cafe and took the beautiful bus ride back to St Andrews, which looks stunning coming back.
Over-all, a fantastic and random journey.
I’ve survived a week and a quarter of classes so far here! They’re challenging, but I’m starting to really appreciate it. Big news: I just booked my flight to Oslo, Norway for the first weekend in March. Very excited! I’ll be going with a group of other Americans that I’ve met here. Today also marks the final plans for Spring Break. Heading to a meet-up to get everything together right after I finish this. Can’t wait to let you all know where I’m jetting off to!
P.S. Had my first tuna sandwich ever today. I have no idea why I decided Scotland was the place to do it. Wasn’t bad :P
Today I learned what it means to be a St. Andrew student. The town is teeming during the day, it’s hard to find a place on the sidewalk when getting to class. I successfully completed two history classes back-to-back on 5 hours of sleep. I think I am really going to enjoy learning here, and I’m really going to be challenged. I had never experienced a lecture hall before, it really is massive.
Tonight my friends and I are relaxing with a walk to the beach (only 5 minutes away!).
Missing friends and fam, but loving it here.