Tmh1121's Travel Journals

Tmh1121

  • 22 years old
  • From Alabama, United States
  • Currently in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Magical Months Worth Remembering

Tessa tells all about her adventures while studying abroad in the Athens of the North--otherwise known as the Scottish capital of Edinburgh. Seeping with historical intricacies and cultural originality, Edinburgh provides a gateway through the old and the new (towns). This journal is dedicated to my friends, family, and to myself as a way to remember all the highs and lows. Never say no!

What Was I Thinking??

United Kingdom Edinburgh, United Kingdom  |  Mar 26, 2012
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 To be honest, I feel like making friends here has been easier than any other time in my life. It inspires me to do a lot more traveling after I graduate in hopes to meet more and more amazing people….they’re out there! 

As I got back and read my very first journal entry, I noticed that I was fairly accurate on my prediction about the culture of Scotland. That is probably because I’d done some intense Google image searching of Edinburgh. The more I travel, the more in love with this city I get. Friends and family from back home keep asking me, where is your favorite place you’ve visited? And I have to be honest…its here, Edinburgh. I have been to some truly incredible places, but never once have I regretted my decision to spend my five months here in the capital of Scotland.

In my first blog I wrote about wanting to do a lot of traveling and experiencing other cultures…and oh have I. I’ve taken two trips up into the highlands of Scotland. My flat mate trip to Inverness was one I will never forget. We didn’t find Nessie, but some of us did take a quick dip in Loch Ness in February. When a friend was visiting from Spain, we took the Harry Potter train line up to a small coastal town called Oban. It was simple and lovely.

In addition, I hopped on my friend Taylor’s trip to Oslo, Norway, and saw some really interesting things like Viking ships and an ancient Norse folk village. It was a beautiful country full of even more beautiful people. On the other hand, it is one of the most expensive cities in Europe, but we made it work. After that, I traveled to Dublin for St. Paddy’s day. It was absolutely wild. I met some really amazing people who I felt like I’d known for year. We took a day trip to a small medieval town called Trim, and later to the picturesque coastal village of Howth. Ireland was lovely and the people were loveable. Last weekend I went to Brussels to visit a friend I met in Panama last summer. I really enjoyed the feel of a less-touristy European city, picnicking in small parks and eating waffles and frites. We spent Saturday in one of the most untouched medieval cities in Europe, Brugge.  We took a four hour-long bike trip through the countryside. It was one of my favorite things I’ve experienced thus far.

On the other hand, when reading my first blog post I just have to laugh at how nervous I sounded. I was worried about meeting people. And having been here for quite some time now I am learning that meeting friends while you’re abroad is one of the easiest things to do! Just be open-minded. I guess I just worked myself up about being alone for the first time. To be honest, I feel like making friends here has been easier than any other time in my life. It inspires me to do a lot more traveling after I graduate in hopes to meet more and more amazing people….they’re out there!

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