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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh February 24th 2014

I am currently sitting on a plane, desperately and painfully trying to pressurize my left ear. It makes a squeaking noise before painful remaining at the same painful pressure level. It’s aggravating, but hopefully not fatal. I’ll keep you updated. Yeah, it has done nothing. Several hours, one airport, a taxi ride, and an unfortunate reunion later, it still hurts. I’m deaf in one ear. Oh great. Three days. Limited change. I’m going to the doctor. I was prescribed some antibiotics and I’m on the mend now. That was hell. So this blog has been weeks in the making, and I have many decent stories to tell. I mean, not right now, because I have an essay due in two days and this is just procrastination, but you won’t really know. I have another essay due ... read more
Mayday Parade
Shameless selfie from the Ball
Some terracotta lanterns

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh January 1st 2014

And so begins my final blog entry from Scotland, as well as my first entry for 2014! Happy New Year to you all! I got to experience 2014 five or six hours before most of you, just sayin'... It has been enjoyable to stay in David's apartment for nearly 8 days now. Not only does this save me vast amounts of money, but it gives me access to a kitchen (I have been cooking deluxe meals each night) and enables us to take midday breaks from adventures and not worry about leaving our possessions strewn about. Our most recent days have been very relaxed, especially when you compare them to our first several days where we toured Edinburgh Castle, climbed Arthur's seat and Calton Hill, and went into the highlands in search of hairy coos. Since ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh December 28th 2013

Having been in Edinburgh four full days now, I've been able to see and do quite a few things. On Thursday, we climbed Arthur's Seat - a large hill on the edge of town that offers a spectacular view of all of Edinburgh. The day was perfect for such a climb: nary a cloud in the sky, bright sunshine, and very little wind (for Scotland, that is). On the walk back to David's apartment, we passed through Calton Hill, a large hill in the city centre with several Greek-inspired monuments atop it. These monuments, in part, help earn Edinburgh its nickname "The Athens of the North". The serendipitous find for the day was walking past a gated graveyard and finding the gate ajar, thereby signalling us to enter, obviously. Most of the headstones were from the ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh December 25th 2013

You remember the part of the movie Home Alone where the mom is trying to get back home to her son on Christmas Eve and it's next to impossible because transportation is booked or unavailable? Well her journey sounds nice to my fiasco yesterday. I got to Dublin Airport well before my flight, cleared security with no problem, and was sitting at the gate waiting. The flight was to board at 9:45. Well, it was delayed. We finally boarded near noon. Apparently, Ireland and the UK were on the edge of a storm and very high winds were making for difficult flying. The plane on which I was to fly was pretty small: two propellors and maybe capacity for 50 passengers. Our takeoff was successful, albeit unnerving. The wind would batter the plane, causing it to ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh November 17th 2013

First off, I recognize that I have been woefully absent from the interwebs, but that simply means that I am getting down to business (to defeat the huns ) and doing school stuff. Plus I’ve been very sick. Like, brink of collapse sick. It’s all very dramatic. True to my medical upbringing, I have refused to go get medical attention despite clearing needing some. This is partially because I was pretty sure I’d recover without seeing a doctor but also because I have no idea how to see a doctor here. But mostly the recovery thing. Anyway, I’m alive and very busy. It has been a long time, and lots of things have happened. I was a ghost buster for Halloween, which was good fun. My friends/fellow busters and I went to Teviot, the student-run bar/meeting ... read more
Someone named JF Harte went to my uni and then died in WWI


Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh November 14th 2013

Today we had tickets for the morning session watching the Gymnastics at the SECC. Before we went in Mum and Dad has a look through the Commonwealth games ‘What to do in Glasgow’ guide for today and BBC@thequay which was near by looked great so we all decided to head over the Gymnastics. So the Gymnastics was great amazing what they can do! Getting out of the arena was busy but we easily found our way via some great looking BBC@thequay signs to the Bells Bridge. On the south side of the Clyde we walked alone the riverbank toward the Glasgow tower, soon coming to an amazing looking bike hire place were you could pick up a map and discover a bit more of Glasgow via the local National Cycle Networks. Turns out Glasgow are making ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh October 18th 2013

Hello again, it’s been a while. So, what have you missed you ask? Well, lemme tell you. My health is much the same; I’m beginning to accept my cough as a permanent part of me. I wrote a book (not really) called How to Shorten Your Life by Ten Years in Less Than Two Days: A Guide For Young Adults; I wrote 4000 words in 30 hours. Never. Ever. Ever. Again. Seriously guys, don’t ever leave two major papers until the last minute if you value your youth. I completed these by Thanksgiving and I’ve been walking on air since then. Speaking of Thanksgiving, my totally awesome and lovely friends knew A. how stressed I was and B. how bummed I was to be missing Thanksgiving and they decided to cheer me up by getting me ... read more
My "Your Essays are Done" victory lunch
My "Happy Canadian Thanksgiving" cake from my friends
My RA modelling my turkey hat

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh October 5th 2013

I have an update, and it's not likely to be funny because I'm actually very upset by this. I don't mispronounce words. I can't stress this enough. I pronounce words the Canadian way and there is nothing wrong with that. It's immensely frustrating, because people here really like to make fun of me for how I pronounce stupid words like Aspergers (Ass-Per-Gurrs, but it probably comes out like Ass-Burgers, which is perfectly valid; I don't criticise them for pronouncing it As-Puh-Jeers) or tomato (apparently I don't pronounce 't's right). It bothers me because I have an obnoxious need to be accepted and a fear of being wrong, both of which are completely stupid but let's not go into that now. I know they don't mean to be hurtful and I know they think it's hilarious, but ... read more
This has nothing to do with anything

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh October 4th 2013

I’m fairly certain that this is a bad idea, but I’m doing it anyway. Today’s blog comes live from the fourth floor computer lab of Edinburgh’s library. In an attempt to avoid dirty looks, I’m typing this while the word document is at 40 per cent zoom, which means no one around me can read what I’m typing. Unfortunately, this privacy also prevents me from being able to read it as well, which is a real shame. I do have a general idea as to the subject of today’s blog (spoiler alert: it’s Lists) but I’m sure most of you are more interested in my wellbeing rather than my weird preoccupations. School is daunting. I have two essays due in a week and a bit. Luckily for me, I have no plans for the weekend and ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh September 30th 2013

A short flight from Dublin early in the morning and I was in Scotland. No paperwork done or documents checked in either country. I went to Edinburgh mainly to visit Scottish relatives from my father’s side. My grandmother has 6 Scottish cousins and both families in Chile and Scotland are well connected. The common surname is Walbaum. Here's a Walbaum family tree that an American Walbaum descendant has been working on for some time. I stayed with Charlie & Anne Laing (I had also stayed with them the last time I was there in 2006 for X-Mas during a 6 week trip to Europe). They have a dog called “Mosca” ("Fly" in Spanish) that apparently remembered me. Charlie's the youngest of my grandmother's cousins. Right after having arrived in the airport I took a bus to ... read more
With Charlie & Anne Laing and "Mosca"
Charlie & Anne in their plot
Visiting friends

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