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Closing Days: Pictures to Remember Edinburgh by.

I cannot believe that I have my last exam in a few days, or that I am moving out in a week and a half! This semester has absolutely flown by. I feel like I arrived here just a few short weeks ago. I am going to thoroughly miss this city and all the friends I have made. In recognition of my waning time in Edinburgh, I've made a point to try and photograph some of the notable spots in the city for me. So here goes.

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A view of the Castle taken from Princes Street, the main shopping street in the City.

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The Edinburgh Skyline as viewed from outside the Princes Street Mall.

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Summerhall, a big exhibition space/ gallery around the corner from my flat.

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The street my flat is on!

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A view of the city, following the road straight on will take you to the Royal Mile and Princes Street.

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The road down to Grassmarket, home to many of Edinburghs popular bars and clubs.

That's it for part one, more to come soon (I promise!)

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May Update

Alright, let us try this again. Since Travellerspoint seems to have eaten my last update? Classes have wound down here in Edinburgh, and now it's only a matter of finishing off my exams (3 exams over the course of a month!). I took our two week spring break at the end of lectures to do a bit of traveling. I spent the beginning of April spending a week visiting a friend in Belfast that I had not seen in literally a decade, which was quite nice, and then my friend and I decided to spend a week visiting ROME! As a classicist with a focus on the Roman Empire, one can imagine my excitement! I've similarly finished off my post-semester travel itinerary, which will take me from Amsterdam to Cologne, Lyon, Paris, Cork, and Galway! Besides travel, things have been pretty quiet here in Edinburgh, most people are spending a lot of time studying for their exams, though somewhat less so for us Americans studying abroad,

As has been (repeatedly) requested, some photos from my trip to Rome!

The obligatory Colosseum photo!

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Me in the Colosseum

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Colosseum interior

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(Fun Fact: the proper name for the Colosseum is in fact the "Flavian Ampitheatre", as it was erected by the Flavian dynasty of Roman Emperors: Vespasian, Titus, and Domitian)

The Arch of Constantine

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Me on the Palantine Hill (where Romulus supposedly took his augury which told him that he should found Rome)
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Roman Skyline
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The Roman Forum, where all the magic happened! (And by "magic" I mean "assassinations of lots of important people")
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The Roman Senate House!!!!
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A Much Delayed Update

Hello again all!
As it seems happens every time I update this blog, I must apologize for the massive delay in this post's appearance! Life has simply been far too bosy, in the best ways possible. Classes are starting to wrap up over here, my last lectures will be on Thursday (6 days from today). It is quite frightening how fast this semester has flown by! Nevertheless, I have a two week spring break, a one week "reading period"", and a 4 week exam period (in which I have only 3 exams to take!) still to enjoy, not to mention my summer adventures in Europe! There have been many fun developments since my last update, and I'll try to remember to relay them all in a somewhat coherent/ semi-chronological manner.
Firstly, my friend Jake from Hamilton came out to visit me for a week over their spring break! We had initially hatched the idea of him visiting me as something of a joke at the end of last semester, but his parents were game to pay for his plane ticket, so we jumped on the opportunity. He arrived early on the monday of last week, and stayed all the way until early Sunday morning. We didn't do much the first night as he was considerably jetlagged (a phenomena which similarly plagued me on my arrival!), But starting on Tuesday we made sure to see the sights. I took him out to an Irish Pub called "Malone's" which he really enjoyed, they had an excellent local band playing when we went on Wednesday. I say Wednesday because we spent Tuesday celebrating my Birthday, the big 21! We managed to back around 15 to 20 people into our flat for my birthday party on Tuesday night, and Jake even put together a special "American" style playlist for the party (Jake is quite into DJing, and is quite good at it!). Everyone seems to have had quite a good time, and I was quite pleased! I also made sure to take Jake to visit the Castle, which was an amazing experience. I'd not actually been to the Castle yet when I took him, and let me say, I HIGHLY recommend it! it is quite expensive, but the views offered at many points are absolutely amazing. We took quite a few pictures, but, since we went straight from when I had class, I stupidly forgot to bring my camera, so I have to figure out how to get them all off of Jake Facebook before I can upload them here!
In other news, I treated my unofficial host family to front row tickets to an Edinburgh Capitals Ice Hockey Club game! They won 4-2! I was a good game, and I think they quite enjoyed it, which is awesome as I love being able to promote Ice Hockey wherever I go! Side Note: The hitting rules must be significantly stricter for the game over here. There were a NUMBER of times throughout the game where a Capitals or Stars (Dundee Stars, the opposing team) had someone on the other team lined up dead-to-rights for an earthshattering hit, and opted to try for the poke check instead, much to my chagrin (I kept wanting to shout "Take the man, not the puck!!!", an old hockey adage).
In one final note before I depart again, I have officially purchased my Rail pass for this summer, which arrived yesterday, and I booked the hostel room for my time in Amsterdam! More bookings should be completed in the next couple weeks, but they will have to wait for my Spring Break travel plans to elapse first, I'm headed to Belfast for the first week of Spring Break, and Rome the second!

Until Next Time!

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I'm Back

Hello All, I have returned!

So last week was "Innovative Learning Week" at Edinburgh University. Basically that means that all classes are canceled for the week and every department sponsors trips and lectures and such for people to pick and choose from. In practice, this means that most people use the week as a break, which I was I mostly did. A lot of people went travelling to other countries, but for various reasons I decided to stay put in Edinburgh.

I spent most of the week doing a bit of exploring in Edinburgh. I finally found a good milkshake shop about 40 minutes walk from my flat. A bit of a hike, but totally worth it!

I did, however, sign up for a trip to Hadrian's Wall which took place this past Saturday, and of which I have some photos to share!

This view of the wall gives an excellent example of why the Romans chose to build it where they did!

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An up close view of the wall. It was very weird (and awesome!) to think that I was touching something that had been built by Roman Soldiers 2000 years ago.

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A picture of me with the wall. I apologize for the facial expression, the wind was blowing directly into my face!

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We also stopped at a couple of Roman Military Forts which were built along the wall

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We even went to a museum which had many of the artifacts they had uncovered over the course of excavating the wall!

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Assorted Images of the Wall

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Until next time!

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Update: Post Game Day

Hey all! Back with another update, sorry for the delay! Its been a crazy week for a lot of reasons

So last weekend a bunch of friends convinced me to buy a ticket to accompany them to an international rugby match between Scotland and Italy, and I agreed upon finding out they were a surprisingly reasonable 15 pounds!

On thursday I decided to take a walk out to Princes Street (around a 20 minute walk from my flat), and stopped by the "Old College" building which houses the University's Registry department. The view was quite impressive:

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The Rugby game was yesterday, and despite a bit of confusion about buses and the location of the Stadium, we made it to our seats just as they got ready for the teams to take the field: P1000044

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My friend Scoder thoroughly getting into the Scottish spirit: P1000058

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Final Score: Scotland 34, Italy 10.

Thats all for this week!

Garret

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