As a college student, I never thought I would be able to go on another school-sponsored field trip ever again. However, I was proven wrong after a signed up for Archaeology. In fact, I was able to go on TWO field trips, all paid for and everything!
Our first trip was about the third week of school, and we traveled 2.5 hours to Kilmartin, way west of Scotland. There, we got to explore ruins of the Stone Age up to the Bronze Age. We saw lots of standing stones, cairns, timber posts and cemeteries. One of the highlights of that field trip was going up to Dunnad Fort and seeing the views of the highlands of Scotland. You know how movies portray Scotland as a country with lots of green grass and sheep? Well, seeing the view from the top of Dunnad fort verified that. It was an absolutely breathtaking place to be.
The second field trip was held during the first weekend of November. Sara, Yarinet and Cynthia had come from London to visit, and so to make things fun, I brought them along. Shh, don’t tell the school! The girls loved it; we went to Linlithgow Castle and stopped by to see Hadrian’s wall, which isn’t actually a wall. The girls got to see the greens of Scotland and see a castle, all in one day! To make things even better, we went into Glasgow Cathedral for the last part of our trip, but was sidelined by a wedding that was going on. We saw the bride, who looked beautiful in her dress. The best thing was, we saw two little ringboys in kilts. They were the cutest! Meanwhile, I learned about the Medieval period in Scotland and why the castle was built the way it was and why the wall was put up.
Although, admittedly, taking the archaeology course wasn’t as interesting as I hoped it would be, I am glad that I took it. I would not have been able to go on free field trips and explore parts of Scotland I would have never explored otherwise.
The weeks are flying by too fast for me to catch up. Each week there is some event going on, each week there is something to do, each week there is something to see. I can’t believe I’ve already been here for two months; it’s felt like ages since I’ve left. The most homesick I have felt during my stay here was the first month; I had missed my family, friends and the American culture. However, now that I have completely settled in, I don’t ever want to leave. Since I am about halfway through my stay, I can cross a couple things off my Goals list from my first blog post:
5 Goals While Abroad:
1. Travel to at least 5 different areas in Scotland, including Isle of Skye, Fingal’s Cave, Edinburgh and others. —> In the past two months, I have gone to Edinburgh, Isle of Skye, Loch Lomond, Loch Gilphead, Kilmartin, Paisley, Glen Coe, Fort William and will be traveling towards more central Scotland tomorrow! Looks like I got more than 5 areas :D
2. Travel to at least 4 different countries —> Since I have been going around most of Scotland, I have only gone to England! But no worries, this next month will be my travel month.
3. Know/experience all the main streets of Glasgow, the best bars, the best food places and best places to go to hang out —> I have Sauchiehall St, Byer’s Road, and Argyle St practically memorized. My favorite food places/bars include Big Licks Ice Cream Parlour (YUM), Jinty McGinty’s Bar (free Guinness, anyone?), Islay Inn (mm Haggis), The Book Club ( super hipster bar), Taco Mazama (Mexican food), VIPER (classiest club in town) and Bon Apetit (which, for it’s name, strangely serves the best and cheapest Indian food) and The George (the best chips and delicious mussels). 4. Learn new skills/hobbies like windsurfing, metallurgy, etc. —> I’ve gotten 10x better at cooking and have so many new meals under my belt! I’ve learned a little bit how to sail, and I’ve started reading a LOT more since I have been here since I have much more time in my hands.
5. Learn to be more in-tune with myself, be more independent, and make confident decisions with my life. Continue to take care of myself for the better. —> Something I will always be working on :]
This past weekend has been a blast. Since Halloween and Guy Fawkes are only a few days apart, we had a LOT to do. We started off with a Wednesday night out at the QMU (Queen Margaret Union). This halloween party was for the Alchemist Society, a chemistry club at the school. Since I didn’t want to spend much money on costumes, I came up with an easy one I already had most items for: Lara Croft. All I needed was a harness, shorts, boots and tank. All I needed to buy was a holster (which I ended up making with duct tape) and some fake guns! I spent a total of 1 pound for the guns, and everything else was essentially free. Angus, on the other hand, spent nothing as his sister Rona dressed him up as a pirate. Clever. Jake also came along as Walter White by borrowing MK’s coverall costume and shaving his beard. After several rounds of card (and drinking) games, we did the fifteen walk to the QMU. I didn’t want to bring a jacket with me, and so I bared the 40 or less degree weather in just my Lara Croft shorts and a tank. Our walk there was an adventure in itself. Someone recognized my costume and said something about how I was an awesome Lara Croft, and I got overly excited. We climbed fences with pointy ends just to feel a little more badass. I broke one of my guns because I jumped on it as I hopped the fence. And I lost one of my holsters :[. Once we finally made it to the QMU, I had a blast dancing, trying to wingwoman for Jake, and meeting another Lara Croft.
On Halloween DAY, our flat decided to all go out to the Sanctuary Club. By the way, most clubs in Glasgow here are free, as long as you get in by a certain time, or in our case, if you are on a guestlist with a group. So I have gone clubbing a lot since I have been here. We all dressed as different things: I dressed as a minion, Jake in a dragon onesie, Brady as a robber, Cole in a wolf onesie, Luke as a mad scientist, and Angus as an old woman. MK was traveling so we were missing her :[. But after several different pre-game games and after I lost several rounds of the card game Asshole, we all took our collective pictures and left for some dancing. The Sanctuary was a blast, even though I got so tired I ended up falling asleep on Angus’ shoulders in the middle of dancing.
Friday was recovery day. Angus made me a Scottish breakfast, which basically meant a LOT of fried foods and some black pudding, which is a Scottish breakfast item that is made of blood and oats. Sounds gross, but it was yummy. We also watched Fight Club while eating, I can’t believe I hadn’t seen it until then!
On Saturday Jake, Angus, three of Angus’ friends (Bracy, Ross and Ray) and I headed to Angus’ hometown, LochGilphead, to celebrate Guy Fawke’s weekend. We had dinner in Inverary at the George, and AMAZING hotel/restaurant with amazing food. I had mussels to DIE for, and the chips were fried in goose fat. So even better.. haha. Once we got to Lochgilphead,we made it just in time for fireworks!!
Following fireworks, we went to David and Ben’s (Angus’ friends) house for some soup… and a keg. An IPA keg, no doubt. We played a game called Fives, in which I lost the entire round. Apparently I suck when it comes to these kinds of games. We ended up at the Disco, a bar/club in Lochgilphead and did more dancing, my favorite!
On Sunday (the next day) morning, we ended our amazing weekend by going cliff jumping. Now, the cliff wasn’t as high as what I have jumped before at St. Mary’s Glacier, but it was a good 20 feet or so. What made it nerve-wracking was that it was hailing, raining, and freezing cold when we got to the cliffs, so the incentive to jump into the water wasn’t soo high. However, once I jumped in, I was pumped enough to jump another 2 or 3 times for the thrill of it. The wetsuit I borrowed was big on me, so all the water seeped in and I couldn’t stay in the water for long. However, the boys swam around in the ocean like it was nothing and floated around for a bit as Bracy and I went back up the cliffs and watched. It was an amazing experience with some awesome people. I couldn’t ask for more.
Jumping into freezing cold water while it’s hailing and raining. Scots are crazy.
I know, I know. I said I was blog at least once a week, and it’s been two weeks since my last blog. I fail. But hey, not having the time to blog just means that I was having too much fun! Or because I was just being lazy. Or both, in this case.
Anyways, the past two weeks have been a blur of events. A bagpipe social, an archaeology field trip, getting lost in Paisley, London, and Halloween completed the rest of the October.
The Bagpipe social: Finley, one of our teachers, informed us about the an event where him and several of his musical friends would play a random assortment of scottish tunes while we socialized and drank. He then proceeded to encourage us to bring some booze to class. Of course, most of us were very keen to come to this event considering Finley told us to bring drinks. It a very chill night of drinking, friends and live music.
Paisley: On one of the Thursdays I knew I could miss class, Cole, Jake and I decided to try to find a hiking trail in the town of Paisley. We decided to take the bus since it was super cheap and only a 45 minute ride. We even got front row seats on the 2nd floor of a double decker!
However, things did not go as planned. After about an hour in the bus, we realized that we had no idea which stop to stop at. Jake and Cole rambled and argued about when to stop as we continued the bus ride PAST Paisley, and into a completely different town, Linwood. By the time we got off the bus we had no idea where we were. But hey, what doesn’t kill us…. makes for one hell of an adventure! So instead of going on our planned hike, we trekked into the town of Paisley and explored around there. We walked into the Paisley Abbey and met super SUPER nice volunteers. Cole had asked one of the volunteers for directions to get to a building that once housed a famous literary person (I forget who), and ended up with 6 other volunteers calling their friends and husbands to see if someone could get us into the restricted building. Let’s just say we have some pretty good hookups in Paisley.
London:Last weekend was my first weekend outside of Scotland. After an uncomfortable 8 hour bus ride, I was able to navigate my way around the Tube and meet up with Sara, a friend from DU. London is very much like New York City; crowded, urban, diverse and expensive. The clubs didn’t close until 6am, and even at 4am McDonalds would be jam packed with the people having late night munchies/drunkies. I only made it to about 5am on the first night; I was soo exhausted! I didn’t do too many touristy things during my stay there, it took way too much effort. However, I had a great time with Sara as we shopped, ate and got lost more than once.
Since Glasgow doesn’t have Chipotle, I was very VERY excited to find out that London does. They charged the same amount as in the US, but in pounds. So you’re basically paying ~$12 for your burrito bowl. However, it was so worth it, and they give you double the amount of meat!
Here are some touristy things I did:
The Tower bridge:
And St Paul’s Cathedral!
Some other things I did and had a really fun time doing so was going around on the Tube (aka the subway) and shopping. The Tube in London is so efficient and quick; if you miss one train, another one will be coming your way in 2 minutes, tops. However, it was quite pricey going back and forth. But hey, it was much better than renting a car! As far as shopping went, Sara, Yarinet, Cynthia and I went to Campden Market one day. It’s like a HUGEEE flea market with lots of touristy and non-touristy things that you can haggle a price for. At one point I had told one of the guys that I was leaving if they didn’t lower their price. haha. It was such an overwhelming but awesome experience, with lots of crowds, and items to buy.
We also did more “normal” shopping around Oxford Circus because I wanted to see some big name stores and because the area was SOO cool! The pictures don’t do it justice:
London was an amazing place, with so many things to do and so many things to see. Sara was a great host and I was so glad to be able to explore the city with her. I definitely hope to come back to London sometime in my life.
As for halloween, I will post those after this weekend considering this blog post is already too long. Besides, I am about to leave for LochGilphead with Jake, Angus and all his friends. We are going to be celebrating Guy Fawkes night with some fireworks and cliff jumping. Let’s hope I don’t get hypothermia again, haha.
During our bus tour, it was obligatory to play Skyfall in the background while we were driving in Glen Coe, one of the famous sites of the James Bond movie. Here is a little taster of what the drive was like.
Most of the friends I have who have already gone abroad have told me that it would be an extended vacation, and schooling wouldn’t really count while I was here. Boy, were they right. Although I had the option of taking several science courses, I chose to take courses outside of my comfort zone. The past month of “classes” has been all but difficult. My coursework consists of archaeology, b&w photography, exploring scottish culture and bagpipes. Yes. Bagpipes. I have these classes Tuesday-Thursday, so no Monday AND Friday classes. I guess you could say that I am living the lifeee of the traveler and student. But let’s start off with explaining what these classes are like.
Archaeology: complete with two field trip excavations around Scotland, clay pots and stone tools, this 200+ student class is my most legitimate course with the Uni. So far we have learned of the civilisation and inhabitants of Neolithic and Mesolithic Scotland, and the tools, pottery and shelters they used to survive.
B&W Photography: I have always wanted to take a film photography course, and this is it. We started off class receiving our cameras and had a week to take pictures that inspired our creativity and understanding of the world. Since I love the artistic nature of photography, I hope to take a lot of knowledge out of this class.
Exploring Scottish Culture: This class is only held every other Wednesday as a two hour lecture. I wanted to take this class to learn more about the Scottish and the history of Scotland, and so far it has not disappointed me.
Bagpipes: I’ve already told everyone that I plan on becoming the first Asian professional bagpiper once I get back. But I may have to take that back. It is MUCH harder than it seems, and my wee fingers have a hard time covering the holes on the chanter. So far, practicing has gone well. However, I have a lot of work to do before I become pro. So sorry for all the hype and expectations of me coming home and playing the pipes for you all; I think when I come back you WON’T want to hear me play unless you would like some ruptured eardrums!
As for my flatmates, three out of the five of us have the piping course. Therefore, Brady and Luke will have a great rest of the semester listening to squeaks and toots of the pipes in our lovely flat. Let’s hope they don’t kill me, MK or Jake by the time the semester is over.
As of now, I am tempted to try to add myself into a science course since I have sooo much free time. Yes, I know I’m a nerd, don’t hate! But at the same time, I want to keep my Mondays and Fridays open to travel around Europe. Decisions, decisions.
This weekend, MK, Brady, Marisa, Cole and I went on a trip to the Isle of Skye in northern Scotland. Since we had gone with the international student society, it was mostly a bus tour. However, we were able to see amazing sites all around the Highlands of Scotland. Unfortunately, I did not get a chance to take a close up picture of all the sheep and highland cows I encountered; however, I was able to capture the beautiful scenery.
Stop #1: Loch Lomond. Since I had already gone there, I did not take any pictures this time around.
Stop #2: Glen Coe. This place is known for having been the setting for Skyfall, at the part where Bond has to travel to Scotland to his father’s old home. We took the same driving route Bond did. Pretty awesome. We stopped in front of the Three Sisters, a popular photostop at Glen Coe.
Stop #3: Loch Garry (I think?) The trees were covering the lake quite a bit, but it’s supposed to shaped almost like Scotland itself!
Stop #4: Eileen Donan Castle. My pinterest-addict self was excited to see this in person because I had seen so many pictures of it on pinterest! It was just a beauty, if not better than the photos. I may have gotten yelled at several times for attempting to climb over the wall to get through the bridge, and again for walking through seaweed to get closer to the castle. He even said he was going to bring the dogs in! Good thing he didn’t or I would have tried petting them before getting attacked. Overall, I felt quite rebellious.
Stop #5: Sligachan Bridge. I was asleep on the bus when our tour guide told us the story about this bridge, so all I know about it is that it looks cool and surrounding it are the Cuillin mountains. It was a very picturesque place.
We stayed in a hostel in a small, and I mean SMALL, town called Portree. It took us about 10 minutes at MOST to walk through all of Portree’s city centre, but it was a cute little town sitting by the harbour. The next day, we went to see the rest of Skye.
Stop #1: Mealt waterfall and Kilt Rock. Kilt rock supposedly reminds people of kilts, hence its name! This place was probably my favorite place that we saw during the trip, mainly because it was on the coast, on the cliffside, and I got a good whiff of the ocean air.
Stop #2: Lealt Gorge and Waterfall. This place was awesome, but so so so windy at the time. MK had said that if anyone were to fly away, it would be me. And I almost did. I also got a picture with a shepherd in a kilt there.
Stop #3: Old Man of Storr. It was so windy and misty, that we didn’t get to go. This was one of the places I had really wanted to stop by, and so I was quite disappointed when it didn’t happen. But I will live vicariously through pictures and post one I found on google anyways, to pretend that I DID go. ha
After several more stops and a lunch break at Portree, we headed back. The road back to Glasgow was just a beautiful as the stops we made. The Highlands are all that I have imagined it would be: spectacular. I hope to come back before I go back to the States.
My blog couldn’t be complete without a picture of the road and a thizz fayce:
Since the majority of my blogs have been about my adventures abroad, I figured a whole food-themed post about what I have been eating here would be interesting. From what I have learned, Scottish food is mostly deep-fried and anything but healthy. However, since I have a kitchen in my flat, I have been mostly cooking at home to keep myself eating well.
During my first week here, my flatmates and I went to the Islay In, one of the pubs in the Gaelic triangles. The Gaelic triangles are the three best, traditional pub/bars in Glasgow. Here, I had the traditional and ever-so-tasty Scottish dish, Haggis!
Moreover, during my Culzean Castle trip I came along an apple tree. Of course, I picked one up for a mid-morning snack. Turns out, there was a sign at the door of the garden that said not to pick any of the flowers and/or fruits. Whoops.
Can I also mention that the coffee here is delicious? The mocha I had at the Elephant House was amazing. Not to mention, the hot chocolate was just as expensive as the mocha.
During a trip to the City Centre (aka, downtown Glasgow), I ran across these:
THE TWINKIES COST 14 POUNDS (which, my dear friends, is ~$21)!!!
Scottish tea is also the most delicious tea I’ve had, especially when you pour a wee bit of milk into it. This isn’t even the expensive brand. Don’t worry, I’ll be sure to bring a large box of it home to share this deliciousness.
During the times when I’m not out and about, I love reading on my IPad while having a homemade dinner.
Yesterday, I was treated with fish n’ chips and fried sausage and chips, complete with Irn Bru, Scotland’s most popular soda.
That same night after finally watching Braveheart, Angus spoiled me with more food. I had the best-tasting omelet I’ve ever had in my life.
After another long day of sailing, I treated myself out for some Indian food. Can I also say that there are a ton of Indian restaurants out here? The place right next to my flat has 2 meals’ worth for only $7.50!
And last, but certainly not least, ice cream. Big Licks is an ice cream parlour only 2 minutes’ walk away from my flat, and only cost 1.65 pounds, less than your typical American ice cream scoop with a waffle cone. The flavors are heavenly. There is Ferrero Rocher flavor, raspberry cream, Kinder, toffee, etc… Mary Kate and I have a goal to become friends with the owners by the end of our trip here.
So far, I have been eating fairly healthy considering I have been cooking at home. However, you gotta indulge in some deep-fried Scottish food once in awhile! Because when you live with the Scots, you gotta eat (and drink) like one too.
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I told almost all my friends and family that I would gain weight in Scotland, considering the amount of drinks I would be consuming and the healthiness of Scottish food. However, after this week, I think I will be LOSING weight instead. The past five or six days have all been a jumble of sports clubs taster sessions, meaning that you get to go to all the sports clubs and see what they are like before you decide to join.
Before all the taster sessions started, I went to Edinburgh for the second time with Simon and his flatmate, Julichka. Of course, I took them up the highest peak of Edinburgh, Arthur’s Seat. They kept calling me crazy for running up the peak.
On Thursday, Jake and I headed to the Sailing Club taster. It was the first time I have ever been on a sailboat. It was so cool, feeling the wind alter the course of your direction, or manipulating your sails to go along with the wind. Despite the 50 degree weather and continuous rain, we all had a great time at the lake. The sailing club also had a “social” that night which included going to bars and then Viper, a hip club that I had gone to the night before. Although I was very tired, Jake had dragged me out for another night of dancing. And I am so glad he did. Let’s just say that five free drinks is enough to make me dance the night away.
On Friday, I went to the Mountaineering Club’s taster. The climbing gym here is about 2 miles away from my flat, making it an easy walk. Not to mention, it was an old church!
I impressed the VP of the club by climbing a 7a with ease. I guess I still got some technique, although I was quite pumped out by the 6th climb.
That same day, I went to the Triathlon taster and won the competition for being the fastest girl at the obstacle course they set up. Yay for winning and getting free stuff!!
Yesterday was one of the last sports tasters: Muay Thai, which is a mixture of kickboxing and martial arts. I came in to the taster thinking the workout today would be a breeze. I went out of the taster sweating like a pig, feeling sore all around and hurting a little from the skin ripping off my knuckle and nearly bleeding. I guess I punch hard when I let frustrations, anger and stress out on a punching bag. Of course, my active week would have never been complete without a couple of battle scars, right?
It’s Sunday, and although I was supposed to go to the Rifle Club’s taster session, my laziness and soreness overcame me and all I did today was go to the flea market with MK. I may even take a nap, and try to figure out which clubs to ACTUALLY join. I haven’t even mentioned the 5 other clubs I have signed up for, like the Whisky club, the Christian club, the Surfing Club, Dance Club and Archaeology Club. It’s time to narrow stuff down before classes start Tuesday. Wish me luck!
xoxo Vivs xoxo
A week and a half flies by when you’re having fun, but also slows down when you’re exploring. I feel like I’ve always belonged here, like I’m now a local because I know my way around.
During one of my shopping expeditions this week, my flatmates and I came across a store called Officer’s Club. At first, Jake had gone in and bought several things and told us about it. Apparently, sweaters only cot 5 pounds. 5 pounds?? That’s $7.50 in the states, and a sweater like that was dirt cheap. I had to go to that store. As soon as I walked in, I was in sweater heaven. Luckily, for a men’s store, they had plenty of XS and S sizes. I chose one sweater, and the lady at the cashier must have been in a great mood because she then offered me a 2 for 7.50 deal. Of course, I obliged and bought two sweaters. Jake had chosen the 2nd sweater for me, and when I told him about my deal, he decided that he wanted two more sweaters. Let’s just say we can now be matching-sweatered flatmates.
Another couple highlights of this week included going to Culzean Castle and to Loch Lomond. Since I love the outdoors, I was in my element. Culzean Castle is right on the cliffside of the ocean, so smelling that salty ocean air was so refreshing.
I made a new international friend, Simon during my trip there. He is German and is in U of Glasgow for Russian Studies. Apparently they have a very good program here? He is fluent in 5 different languages, and is a pretty cool guy. I’ve hung out with him once after that and tomorrow me, him and several others will be heading to a day trip to Glen Coe.
"Loch" means "lake" here in Scotland. So, on Saturday Brady, MK and I took the bus to the town of Luss, which is next to Loch Lomond, the most famous lake in Scotland. Luss was a quaint town; very small but beautiful. We were able to walk through the entire town in twenty minutes; we definitely had to find other things to do before our bus ride home.
We also witnessed a traditional Scottish wedding, complete with bagpipes and all. I almost shed a tear as I saw the bride walk down the small little church, tears of joy in her eyes.
Sunday, MK, Brady and I took a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital. We began our adventure missing our bus due to a copious amount of rain being poured on us, which caused us to lose our way around the city and make our walk to the bus station an hour-long walk instead of a 25 minute-long walk. Luckily, the bus driver for the next bus was kind enough to let us come with him without having to pay any extra. Edinburgh was a cultural city; just like what it said in the travel guides. Prettier than Glasgow, also not as “fun”. We did, however, run into some interesting things. For example, this:
We also got to go on the Potter tour, a tour of the places and things in Edinburgh J.K. Rowling used that inspired her HP books. Tom Riddle’s Tomb:
We also met Dolly the Sheep!
Anyways, this week has been a week full of traveling and exploring the country of Scotland. I already feel at home and am starting to adapt to the culture here, although I do wish there was a Target and a Safeway around..
What better way to start off my 4th and last year of college than by being in SCOTLAND?! My first couple of days have been fantastic. After being in the plane for a total of 12 hours with about 7 hours of layovers, I had finally arrived to Glasgow on Saturday, September 7th at 11:00am. Since I had not slept in the plane due to having seated in an uncomfortable middle seat with a grouchy large, old man to my right and another sleepy old man to my left, I immediately crashed as soon as I got to my “flat” (apartment). About an hour later after I had fallen asleep, I hear noises outside my room. My roommates! Or well, flatmates. They are two guys and two other girls; both girls go to Gonzaga University and the guys go to DU.
After meeting them, I felt hungry (as usual). So MK and Brady went with me to get my first meal in Glasgow!
1) Chicken Pot Pie with “Chips” (french fries) and mashed peas. It was delicious.
2) By the time night had fallen, the flatmates had decided to go out for a flatmate bonding, which included lots of walking and… beer. Bars/pubs are ubiquitous in Glasgow.Many of you know that I am a big fan of good beer. However, that night I decided to try some cider. Strongbow cider here was absolutely thirst quenching.
On Sunday, the flatmates and I decided to go to a place called Hippo beers. It was 1.5 miles away, so it was a walk. A pretty scenic one if you ask me.
4) Kelvingrove Park is just stunning.
On Monday, we started orientation. Which meant we had a 3 hour thing about registration and about Scotland, and that’s about it. The rest of the time was spent on walking and figuring out the campus. Once I found the main parts of campus, I knew this was the perfect place for me.
5) I mean…. who WOULDN’T want to go to school that looks like Hogwarts?
This is a part of the courtyard at U of Glasgow:
And the view is INCREDIBLE. The school overlooks the Kevlingrove Art Museum:
So far, I have made many friends from other countries, some Americans and some new ones who go to DU. My flatmates and I are already family. I will be taking Bagpiping, Archaeology (field trips, anyone?), Exploring Scottish Culture, and Black and White Photography. I am so excited about each and every class since all will be so much fun, although not having a biology course will feel weird at first.
10 Differences in Scotland:
1. Apartments are called flats. Your roommates are flatmates.
2. Pants are underwear. Trousers are pants.
3. The Scottish must all be alcoholics. The bars were PACKED Monday night. And U of Glasgow’s freshman orientation (fresher’s week) consists of drinking… all day and all night long…. sponsored by the school. It’s insane. Not to mention there are bars/pubs on every single block. In fact, there is one right across the street from where I live. :]
4. Cheers are a way of saying “thank you” or “hello”
5. Arugula are called “rockets”, and eggplants are called “aubergines”
6. A backwards peace sign is very offensive; it’s like flipping someone off.
7. The traffic lights turn yellow right before they turn green to tell you that they will turn green; they also turn yellow before they turn red like in the states.
8. Be careful not to look the wrong way across the street since the cars go on the opposite side of the road in the UK.
9. A pint of beer of 20 ounces instead of 16 ounces. So if you ask for a pint in Scotland, expect an imperial pint.
10. Although the Scottish are functioning alcoholics, I have yet to see an obese person in Glasgow.
5 Goals While Abroad:
1. Travel to at least 5 different areas in Scotland, including Isle of Skye, Fingal’s Cave, Edinburgh and others.
2. Travel to at least 4 different countries
3. Know/experience all the main streets of Glasgow, the best bars, the best food places and best places to go to hang out
4. Learn new skills/hobbies like windsurfing, metallurgy, etc.
5. Learn to be more in-tune with myself, be more independent, and make confident decisions with my life. Continue to take care of myself for the better.
One of the most valuable things in a relationship is being able to constantly change and be individual, but look to the other side to the person that you’re with and know that they’re changing as well individually, but somehow you two can mirror each other and be the other half of that world that you both create.
Justin Timberlake on ‘Mirrors’