Monthly Archives: March 2014

I don’t know what to title this.

Basically because this post isn’t anything special – I’m not recounting a specific trip I’ve been on or relaying any noteworthy story. I just thought I’d post a bunch of pictures from my time here so far. Here we go:

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Waiting in line to buy tickets for an ISC trip.

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View walking down Princes Street.

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My friends and I had tea late one Sunday morning at this cute place called Anteaques. Half antique shop, half tea room. Anyone who knows me knows this is a combination of two of my favorite things.

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Rainbow over campus!

View from my window one evening, when the sky was especially pretty.

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This is “Library Cat”. He hangs around campus a lot, particularly the library. He looks a little demonic here but trust me he/she is a sweetie!!

Some friends and I went pony trekking in the Pentlands not too long ago. Such a lovely place to ride!

The ponies we rode through the Pentlands were Exmoor Ponies. They’re the cutes (and smallest) things! I rode the sweetheart on the right.

The Royal Mile in Edinburgh

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The Meadows on my way home from class one evening. This was the day it was especially sunny and everyone thought it was suddenly summer even thought it was only in the upper 40s. The smoke in the picture is from a grill. Yes. One day of sun and they come out with flip-flops and start to barbeque.

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Another view from my window. Such lovely weather we are having here in Edinburgh lately.

 

 

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British people are so cute.

The other day happened to be a very sunny one here in Edinburgh. Not quite as common as back in the States. The warmest it probably got was around 55 degrees I believe. So it was nice. I should specify – nicer than usual, but not “oh my gosh guys, grab your beach towels and rev up the grill cause warm weather is finally here” nice. But apparently that’s just my American perspective because one sunny day and people started coming out the woodworks to lay out in the sun like it was 70 degrees. Seriously, I saw people in shorts and tank tops. It looked like a nice spring day in Central Park, when people cram into the open green to picnic and enjoy the weather. It was kind of adorable.

Earlier this evening a friend and I ventured into Starbucks (I know, I know, of all the cafes in Edinburgh, why are we going to a place we could go to back home. Because it’s right by campus and we were tired!). Now I love me some iced tea (unsweetened thank you very much) but it’s pretty much nonexistent here. I’ve been going through iced tea withdrawals and I needed some in my system so I asked the Starbucks barista if they had plain iced tea. She looked at me with the most confused look on her face and asked “What??”. I then had to explain what iced tea was – like regular hot tea, but like, cold with ice in it. She asked me skeptically, “So you want…English Breakfast tea…and then…made cold?….with ice in it????!?!?”. She made it and it was fantastic but her reaction to the notion of iced tea tells me tea that is not served hot with milk is a completely foreign concept here.

So I guess the next 50 degree day when the sun is out I’ll go explain to a barista how to make me iced tea then take it out to the park where I will join the masses in laying out in a sun dress.

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Lindisfarne & Bamburgh Castle

I made a trip to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and Bamburgh Castle about a week ago. I had been looking forward to visiting Lindisfarne in particular since before I left for Scotland as I had studied it quite a bit the previous semester in my Independent Study course on Anglo-Saxon England. It was a cute place that reminded me a bit of Tangier Island in the Chesapeake. The monastery which existed on the island during the time of St. Cuthbert, the writing of the Lindisfarne Gospels, and the viking raid 793 no longer exists as it was made of wood. Stone ruins of the priory built under the Normans (I really hope I’m getting my history right here) still exist though and a friend and I were able to explore those.

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I was also able to visit the castle, which is about a mile away from the village.

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Extra special side note – there were seals just across from the shore of the island that you could see basking in the sun! Cuties!

Later in the day I visited Bamburgh castle, which was also amazing! You could see Lindisfarne from the castle (and you could see Bamburgh from Lindisfarne). They’re just across the water from each other. I didn’t get the chance to meander all the way down to the beach but was able to walk a short trail which was lovely.

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Lindisfarne was my favorite of the two stops and I’d love to go back and explore it some more.
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