This is my blog about being a graduate student in a foreign country (Scotland). Here I will recount my adventures: as a student, as foreigner, and as a film critic, since I am studying screenwriting and I’ll be watching a lot of movies.
I literally got here an hour and a half ago. So far I have:
- Made it through the airport. The program I applied for school through (Study Across the Pond) made it sound like there would be a strenuous test at customs to get through into the UK. NOT TRUE. They asked where I was studying and how long I was planning on being here, then stamped the passport. Done. They gave me less trouble than Canada (my layover was in Toronto).
- Taken a taxi to my cottage. Loved the taxi. It looked like an old 1930s vehicle.
I didn’t even realize we were driving on the wrong side of the road until we made a right-hand turn that felt like a left-hand turn.
I already have enough trouble distinguishing left from right. Now I will almost certainly get hit by a car because I’ll look the wrong way when I cross the road. Guess I’ll stick to the crosswalks with lights for a while. Also the driver was the first Scottish person I talked to that I had a hard time understanding. So I’m 1 for 3. Haha. He started talking slower for me. But I think I’m doing pretty well.
- Explored my cottage and unpacked.
LOVE the cottage. It smells like humidity that’s been trapped inside a sealed box for several years, but I wouldn’t expect any less. I’m living with another grad student who is studying linguistics at the University of Edinburgh. So far we get along great. 🙂
Our bathtub is sweet,
the kitchen is tiny,
and we have a rather nice, large living room with scarce furniture.
Also a small yard with a wire for hanging clothes to dry. Which sounds so romantic, honestly. Hanging your clothes outside to dry? Doesn’t that just scream simplicity and delight? Although I feel like the rain is probably too unpredictable to feel good about hanging them out there for too long.
- It is cold here. Which I LOVE. 🙂
- Edinburgh is more sprawling than compact. It doesn’t have huge skyscrapers around the city center. And so far, the roads are all twisty and I have no idea how to get anywhere.
- I’m already thinking in a Scottish accent insidemy head. Def going to perfect speaking it before I leave.
So basically I’m in love with my life!