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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh January 28th 2012

On Thursday afternoon I finished my last two assignments, giving myself a three day weekend between the end of Semester 1 and the start of Semester 2. I figured, with all this free time suddenly on my hands, that I should go somewhere to celebrate. Then it occurred to me that Julia, who you may remember from this entry and this one , had a birthday on Friday. So I went to Scotland. The University of Edinburgh structures its academic calendar around the strange concept that the stretch of holiday time in December and January should actually go BETWEEN semesters, rather than WITHIN one. So her semester has already st... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh January 27th 2012

Today we woke up at the unholy hour of 5am, left our warm, comfy bed in London for the 7am train to Edinburgh. The train is much more costly than a bus, so at £45 per person each way, versus £17 per person for the bus, we opted to take the train one way (to see the scenery) and the night bus home. The train today was just so easy (only 4.5 hours) so I'm sure on Monday morning we will be kicking ourselves for being so cheap (the bus takes 9 hours). Today was a beautiful day. Once the sun came up, it was sunny all the way. It was a really nice ride through the green English countryside with the rolling hills. We went through some nice towns, but the most beautiful part of ... read more
View of Beautiful Scotland from the Train
View of Beautiful Scotland from the Train
Welcome to Edinburgh!

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh January 21st 2012

Chegamos em Edimburgo pela manhã (Eu Taís e Rafaella) e ficamos esperando meu amigo Cayque no aeroporto que teoricamente chegaria no mesmo horário que a gente, passando-se 1 hora conseguir falar com ele, bad news. '' fiuu perdi o vôo mais tarde eu te ligo''. Sem Cayque partimos pro hostell, eu queria pegar um ônibus mass vocês sabem como é mulher então pegamos um táxi. Motorista muito gente boa , deu umas dicas pra gente e com uma pronuncia fácil de entender o que é não é muito comum na Escócia, apesar que achamos a pronuncia lá melhor do que pensávamos. Chegamos no hostel por volta das 11:00 horas guardamos nossas malas e fomos almoçar já que o check in é só depois das 2:00. Quando chegamos no restaurante estava fechado pois era muito cedo fomos ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh December 18th 2011

One more day here and then I get to fly for over 9 hours but I will be home for Christmas. On the one hand it will be sad to leave all ove the people that I have gotten to know over here. On the other though it will be nice to get home and see many familiar faces that I have missed while over here. Merry Christmas!!... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh November 29th 2011

I just wrote a beautiful blog and when I went to save it the computer said it couldn't open the page and I lost it all. I hate when that happens because my second attempt is never as good as the first. I will however try to write another wonderful blog post. I have been planning one last train trip through England before coming home for Christmas. I am going to York, Canterbury, Cardiff and Holmfirth. On Saturday I booked my hostels and I attempted to book train tickets. I looked at a few different websites and some of them wouldn't let me book a ticket for the specific train I wanted and would only sell me an advance ticket that would let me on any train that day, but for a much more expensive price. ... read more


Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh November 27th 2011

I had a very nice birthday over here in Edinburgh. The family I am staying with celebrates Thanksgiving and so for my birthday lunch we had some students over from the church and we had a large thanksgiving meal with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, mashed potatos, sweet potatos, green beans in cream of mushroom sauce, corn and corn bread. It was very nice so we went for a walk after lunch and then came back for cake and icecream!! The kids both made me a card which was sweet and it was altogether a very nice day!... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh November 26th 2011

A week ago on the 16th of November I fell on the stairs and smacked my tailbone pretty badly. Around that time I also got sick, sore throat, cough, stuffed up nose. I went to a walk in clinic nearby and saw the doctor. My sickness was not the flu or an infection or viral or anything to be overly concerned with and even though my butt really hurt and it was painful to walk and sit there was nothing really that they could do. So for the last week I have not been doing much exept for trying to recover. My cold is nearly gone and while my tailbone is still tender I can now sit down (at least is some positions). Staying home did give me some time to watch a bit of British ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh November 11th 2011

Our time in Edinburgh has come to an end and we will all miss the place. We have spent the time wandering the streets and doing a bit of people watching. The city parks have been good, allowing the kids to run off some steam. We walked everywhere. To Calton Hill, with its historical monuments and 360 degree views; to the Princes Street Gardens underneath the castle between the two towns, old and new; to the West End and its business district; to the Meadows (which should only be said in a Scots accent, just like other words such as "look", "dog" and "murder"); along Princes Street and its shops; along George Street and its book-end squares of St. Andrew and Charlotte; along Abercromby Place, where we could imagine living, assuming the lease came with a ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh November 10th 2011

Our tale of the three Rabbies continues in Edinburgh, where we attempt to walk in the footsteps of RLS. No I am not talking about the infamous Roaming Lager Sampler or even the lesser known Restless Leg Syndrome. I am talking about none other than Robert Louis Stevenson, who was born and raised in Edinburgh. While RLS is most famous for penning such novels as Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, he also was a poet, social critic and travel writer. In fact, my admiration for this Rabbie does not only stem from his writings but also his outlook on life, in particular, his passion for travelling, even in the face of frequent illness. For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh November 7th 2011

It has now been more than a fortnight Since we left our home on a Tasmanian street Can we look after ourselves at night While our folks seek the world’s end? At first what they suggested was a threat Of a nanny who could babysit But four of us are now well over eight And it is not as if it’s the world’s end From the window of our tiny student’s flat Across the cobbled road known as St Mary’s Street At the corner with High and Canongate Is the beginning of the world’s end Here Dad has something flat from the tap While Mum is given something made with wheat They say they are enjoying the quiet Even if it is at world’s end So while we watch the screen-flat Entertained by Dreamworks or Disney ... read more

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