I’m writing to y’all from super sunny (JK LOL) Edinburgh, Scotland! I’m studying abroad here for both winter and spring terms! I got here about a week ago and I can’t describe how wonderful this country is! The scenery, the campus, and the people are all amazing and I feel so blessed to be able to have the opportunity to spend an entire 5 months here (even if the weather is cold and rainy everyday). I’m taking some different classes than I normally would be back at W&L- Intro to Gaelic, Scottish History since 1914, Social and Cognitive Development of Children, and Psychology of Language. the psyc classes I’m taking are pretty standard (since I’m a major) but the 2 culture classes I am in are so unique and awesome! Even though Gaelic is a mostly dead language (only 60,000 people still speak it worldwide!) learning the language and the culture of the people is SO cool. Here is some gaelic for ya: ‘S e mise Anna, cò thusa? Ciamar a tha thu? Also, none of that is pronounced the way it is spelt so I’m not even going to try and explain how you would actually say it LOL. I’m here through a program called IFSA-Butler and there are about 45 of us on the program and most are from other smaller liberal arts schools as well. I’ve met some really awesome people and have tried a lot of awesome whiskey and haggis! For those of you who don’t know what haggis is, it’s a combination of sheep heart, liver, and lungs as well as oatmeal. Sounds so yummy right?!?! I was a good sport and tried it and it wasn’t anywhere near as bad as I was expecting. If you try and completely forget what exactly you are eating it kind of just tastes like a softer sausage.
Although Scotland has been awesome thus far, I’m missing the team, and school in general, like crazy! It’s weird to think that I won’t be able to see anyone for 5 months and I still don’t think it’s sunk in yet. Offseason will begin in the coming months as well and that is such a fun and awesome bonding experience for the team. It’s a great time to spend a lot of time together working out and planning open gyms. Rush for all the various sororities begins tonight as well and I’m also sad about missing that. All of the freshmen are participating and I know that they will love every second of it and I can’t wait to hear all about it!
Lok at all these kewl pics of this foreign land
^This is the park and church that is right across from my flat!
^This is the view from my hotel during orientation. The huge castle on top of the hill is the famous Edinburgh Castle. It was built in 1100s!
^This is a view of New Town, which is the newer part of Edinburgh right on the coast!