Arrival at Ole Miss by Gaia

My name is Gaia and I was born in Lecco, Italy but have lived most of my life abroad. For my junior year of college I have embarked on a year abroad in warm Oxford, Mississippi after having spent my first 2 college years in rainy and cold Edinburgh, UK. 5 weeks in my study abroad at…

What I Learned During My First Week In Scotland

For those of you that don’t know, I left for my semester at the University of Stirling on Friday, January 9th. There’s a lot to be said and not enough space to say it so I’m going to try to break down my thoughts by things I learned during my first week in Scotland. Never…

London Calling, Emily Answering

Remember me? I know I’ve been on a way too long hiatus from blogging for a bit but I’m back from my travels to London and Italy and back in Amsterdam to spend my last few days saying goodbye to the city that I have fallen in love with and amazing people I’ve met from…

Edinburgh: Wonderful Christmastime

3 posts and y’all are finally caught up. I’m not responsible enough for a blog. Two AMAZING things happened this past week: (1) CHRISTMAS IS OFFICIALLY IN EDINBURGH and (2) MADISON IS OFFICIALLY IN EDINBURGH.  Honestly, could it get any better? I think not. I will never try to deny that Christmas is my favorite…

Foxin’ Around Edinburgh

To be completely honest, this post is going to be a completely random collection of moments from this past month. I just named it after my Halloween costume, because it was a cute title. But let’s start with that, shall we? I was a fox for Halloween. To those of you who don’t already know:…

Amsterdam: Big Hug or Small Hug?

Well it’s finally happened, I had my first twinges of homesickness. Always being the child that wanted to stay at summer camp for an extra week opposed to coming home early, I was actually pretty surprised how hard it hit me. I knew I would miss my friends and family (and in general my home…

Bitten By The Travel Bug: Hurt So Good

I’ve contracted the disease. The symptoms are all there: spontaneously buying bus tickets to new countries, laughing at my dwindling bank account with little remorse, traveling directly after class ends on Friday and only returning to Angers in time for my Monday class. Every night I find myself obsessively searching for the cheapest route to…

Edinburgh, Scotland: A Month in the Land of Whiskey

Well, I am ashamed it has taken me this long to update. My only excuse is Russian (the language is killing me). The last month of my life in one post: Since the referendum, things have calmed down on the political side of things. The First Minister of Scotland decided to step down, and the…

Scotland: United They Stand

News sources all over the world this week have been broadcasting what the United Kingdom has been barreling toward for over a year: The Scottish Referendum for Independence. The vote finally took place yesterday after years of waiting. After staying up all night (twitter blew up with the #indyreferendumallnighter hashtag- I know. I helped) and…