Rather than simply bombarding this post with pictures, as I have done with my previous posts, I want to use this entry to just give a bit of a summary/ reflection of my trip thus far. Hopefully my observations prove as interesting and enlightening!
First off, British Airways is a fantastic airline to fly. I flew the obviously cramped economy section on an extremely cheap student ticket. Nevertheless, a complimentary pillow was provided, and the back of the seat in front of me had a touch screen interface with an extremely large selection of excellent movies (including every James Bond flick), tv shows, and music, all for free! And the food, while being airline food, was quite palatable, and there was a great variety, all complimentary. All in all, I highly recommend British Airways.
Edinburgh is definitely a different sort of place than home. It's not the crazy hustle and bustle of NYC, but it certainly it a lot larger and busier than little old Clinton, New York. That said, the extra business isn't really a bad thing, it's a nice change to have so many different shops and activities to choose from. The people I have interacted with thus far, both international and British, have been extremely friendly and pleasant to talk to. People definitely stay up later here than back home, I have no classes before noon and most night will be doing things till at least 130, and later on weekends! However this is compensated for by the fact that I don't usually get up before 10 am.
University life is very different from Hamilton. The reading load thus far seems to be significantly less than what I am used to, although that may be a product of the classes I am taking. My first actual graded assignment isn't due until next week, and even then it is only about a page long. in late march/ early I'll have an essay due for each of my classes, but only 2500 words each. Tutorial sessions are closer to the classes I am used to at Hamilton, but I have learned quickly that the other students here are much less used to and much less keen to speak up than I was. I unintentionally dominated my first tutorial discussion, but have since recalibrated my participation.
Overall, I am having an absolute blast thus far, and look forward to more adventures to come!
Until next time,