Hello there! Life is good across the pond 🙂
I’ve been here for just over a week, and I’m already in love with this city. It truly feels like I’ve stepped back in time, like I’ve been sucked into a time warp and I’m living in the Renaissance. Except I don’t think everyone wore stilettos, maxi skirts or had green hair back then… We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto!!!
Yay flats! No not the shoes- apartments! Despite being tiny my room is really cozy, and I’ve finally gotten things where I want them. Campus poster sale, IKEA, and a borrowed airline blanket make for a not-so-dorm-like living space 🙂 My seven flat mates are all fantastic as well, hopefully you’ll get to see them in later posts!
There is a HUGE lovely kitchen, with lots of cabinet space, two ovens, and three refrigerators. Even though we live in university accommodation, we have to provide most of our kitchen tools, any room enhancements, and toilet paper. TOILET PAPER. Seriously?!? Of all the things to include you people give us electric kettles, but NOT TOILET PAPER?!? Apparently the UK has weird priorities…
This being Fresher’s Week, there have been tons of events put on by the university to welcome new students to Edinburgh. I attended a few new student seminars (Meh) Met with my program coordinator (AWESOME!!) Got a ton of great free stuff at a student free shop, joined nine student organizations, went on a coffee crawl to learn the cool local haunts, climbed Arthur’s Seat (the adjacent mountain) and went out to a pub with my flat mates. It has been a crazy roller coaster ride of getting used to a new city/new school/foreign country, but I’m truly loving it so far. I miss my mountains and trees though. Daily family Skypes have made my homesickness MUCH lower than was expected 🙂
Tomorrow, Sunday, I have a job interview for a nanny position that would REALLY help me with finances. Prayers and happy vibes would be much appreciated! Tomorrow’s agenda also includes researching churches, finalizing my classes, and getting notebooks.
I’m living each day as it comes and finding new blessings wrapped up in each one. If the start is any indicator for the rest of the year, I’m going to have a hard time leaving this place 🙂
Love and Laughs,