When I changed my calendar to March yesterday, the new quotation for the month was the following:
1. the path is not straight.
2. mistakes need not be fatal.
3. people are more important than achievements or possessions.”
4. be gentle with your parents.
5. never stop doing what you care most about.
6. learn to use a semicolon.
7. you will find love.
— Marion Winik
Pretty nice, huh? In regards to #1, I am so glad that, although my path to and during Edinburgh has not always been straight, that it has been interesting and educational. This past weekend was rather uninteresting, though. The weather was quite grey (unlike the sun that is now out and shining!!), so we didn’t want to take any major adventures. Instead, we out to cocktails and a club on Thursday, and explored the mall on Saturday. I also have a big paper due tomorrow (which I’m almost done with), so spent a lot of time working on that. I wish I had more exciting news to report! Here are just a couple of pictures:
Here we are at a fantastic cocktail bar before the club on Thursday. The night starts much later in Scotland, so this was around 10:30pm, and we didn’t make it to the club around 11:30pm. It’s not odd for people to stay out until 3 or 4am on the weekends. Crazy, huh?
We found these wacky headpieces in a department store at the mall. Kind of reminds me of Camilla Parker Bowles of the royal family! (That’s me on the right, by the way.)
As I mentioned, the sun is out this week, and I am headed to Loch Lomond on Saturday with the ISC. If the weather is nice on Friday, too, I’ll probably climb up Calton Hill here in Edinburgh and maybe do a little souvenir shopping on High Street. There are tons of cashmere sales happening right now, as the weather gets warmer (47 degrees by Saturday!!). As the semester keeps moving forward, and since I’ve already shared one list (in the form of a quotation), I thought I’d come up with a list of the 10 things (in no particular order) I am most looking forward to in the 11.5 weeks I have left abroad:
1. Easter Break! 3 weeks in London, Rome, Prague, Vienna, Munich, and Paris… What an amazing opportunity!
2. Other travel opportunities. Since I only have 2 finals over the course of 6 weeks, I should have lots of time to take shorts trips: the Highlands, Spain, Glasgow, maybe Ireland…
3. Springtime! I can’t wait to see what the flowers look like in Edinburgh.
4. My friend from Puget Sound, KK, is visiting on the 14th! It will be good to get a taste of home.
5. I still have yet to attend a football (soccer) and/or rugby game… and I’m definitely planning on going to one with my friends.
6. Getting to experience more of Edinburgh culture. As the weather warms up, there are more miniature festivals and music venues around the city; I’m excited to discover these.
7. Finishing my classes. Although this adventure into the Scottish education system has been interesting, I will breathe a huge sigh of relief when I am done with it.
8. Going on a ghost tour! We have waited until it’s not below freezing at night, but this will be a neat way to see another side of Edinburgh (that is supposedly the one of the most haunted cities in the world).
9. Easter in the Vatican. Enough said.
10. More surprising and random adventures that allow me to grow even closer to my new friends in Edinburgh.