Currently in Saint Giles writing this post as we speak and I know that I have been slacking on my posts. My sleeping schedule is still out of whack so I’m going a little crazy, and it doesn’t help that the beds are solid as rocks, but at least im warm! Big things have been happening. On Saturday we had our first international Meet and Greet at the student center, and I swear it was just like walking into the Magic Kingdom. The castle like structure had neon beams of light that illuminated the sides. As we walked in I held my breath. I get really shy around new people so it wasn’t the most comfortable experience, but hey! We met three people, two who conveniently Jacquie knew. We struck up a conversation and I felt at ease. Later in the evening after smoozing around the student center, we took a still down the street to a pub called The Tron. Now, I haven’t seen any of the movies (new or old) but this pub is quaint and free spirited. Meant for the pallets of a younger generation and we loved it from the moment we walked in. The pub was two levels. Top level was very lit and it was more of a hangout, downstairs was where the music bumped. The bottom floor wasn’t as highly lit at the top, which set such a chill mood. Jacquie experienced her first guiness and I, of course, reached for my pint of heineken that was beautifully poured. I’m easy on the eyes but heavy on the beer (just kidding parents, I’m a classy gal.)
Sunday was our official orientation. It only lasted about three hours, but I got to meet a few international students and travel around our campus. I was graced with the honor of looking…at a distance…at the cafe where JK Rowling “in the deep” wrote a famous book or something. The cafe is called Elephant House…she would. And, It’s not like I have my religion class in a school that looks like Hogwarts, or there is a Potterrow right by the cafe, or we passed a building called Dobie before. Actually, fun fact, Jk Rowling is an alumni of the University of Edinburgh. I didn’t even know that and I’ve been here for a whole week and a half (LOL just kidding Rowling, I’ve seen the movies and read up to the 5th book)
Monday was our first official day of classes! YAY….but classes have been really good so far. Also we were finally exposed to the cLuB sCeNe, which, I don’t know, I just really loved it. We loved to dance, which made the experience really awesome. I can officially say that I partied at a club called “Why Not” and the stamp to get into the club was a question mark hahaha, what is this life I live?! Definitely not complaining. The rest of the week has been pretty mellow, but I’m hoping it will gain more momentum soon enough. Also, with the help of the girls on our floor, they have been wonderful. We have been going through initiation, but I think we got it in the bag. Their hospitality to knock on our doors and invite us out has been such a beauty to us and we fully appreciate hear girls and guys.
I guess the good thing about being in Edinburgh is that I get to appreciate what it’s like to be myself again. I’m only here for 5 months so if I slip and say something wrong or awkward, what are my chances of being called out on and then seeing that person again back in the states.
Although, truthfully, it’s been a little weird being here just the two of us while others engage in the comfort of having a bigger group of people to go out with or room with or travel with, we’re doing just fine for ourselves. I just need to remember that this is still the beginning of an adventure and I know that I need to be here.
Edinburgh wishes & Scottish kisses