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Update: a Reflection

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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,

-Garret

Posted by Gwyckoff 09:09 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged edinburgh city life reflection Comments (0)

Pictures from wanderings in the city and my hike

Apologies about the delayed posting this week, but I am back with a brief posting with some pictures from wandering about the city, and a hike up "The Crags".

A House in Edinburgh

A House in Edinburgh

Apartment Block near my Flat

Apartment Block near my Flat

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A Unicorn Statue from Near my Flat

A Unicorn Statue from Near my Flat

Curious Doors

Curious Doors

The Crags 1

The Crags 1

(Pictured: my flatemate Pieter)

The Crags 2

The Crags 2

More pictures from the hike to come tomorrow!

Posted by Gwyckoff 13:55 Comments (0)

Lazy Sunday

Not much going on today, mostly worked on cleaning my room and doing reading for class. I did manage to get out to the student union for lunch and get some pictures on the walk back. Those pictures still need to be offloaded from my Camera to my computer, but in the meantime, I have some long awaited pictures from my first couple days in the city!

A Little Bookshop on my way to Class

A Little Bookshop on my way to Class

The Old Medical School

The Old Medical School

The Graduation Hall

The Graduation Hall

Teviot Student Union

Teviot Student Union

Posted by Gwyckoff 09:12 Comments (0)

Hello from Edinburgh!

After messing around with a couple of blog hosting options, and having quite a bit of headache, I have finally settled on Travellerspoint for my travel blog. Thus, I apologize for the delay in getting this going! I have been in Edinburgh for a little over a week and things have been quite busy, I haven't had as much of a chance to take pictures yet as I would have liked, but now that I have settled in I'm hopeful that next week will afford quite a bit more photography options. That said, I do have a few to share, so without further ado...

Mom and I at Logan

Mom and I at Logan

Me outside Logan Airport

Me outside Logan Airport


My BA Boeing 777 to London

My BA Boeing 777 to London

With that, I need to sign off and make dinner, but I should have my next post (with pictures from Edinburgh itself) up sometime tomorrow!

-Garret

Posted by Gwyckoff 08:38 Archived in United Kingdom Comments (0)

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