Arthur’s Seat ©

Saskia Bauer

After the snow chaos in the end of February, spring is finally on its way. Yesterday, I took the afternoon off from studying at the library and hiked up Arthur’s Seat, a volcanic mountain (or hill) overlooking the city. It was beautiful to enjoy some sunshine at last and I sat down for a while, looking at the city and reflecting on the last few months I have spent here. The semester is coming to an end and so is my time in Scotland. Reason enough to think about what I will take home with me. I strongly believe that your personality is a mixture of the people you spend time with and the places you have visited. So here are a few of my take home lesson from having lived in Scotland for the last two semesters:

  • any place in the world can become your home as long as you have the right people around you
  • openness and friendliness opens doors
  • new experiences make your day richer
  • being out of your comfort zone is challenging, but eventually helps you to grow
  • a place of refuge is necessary to have in times which are emotionally difficult
  • studying in the UK can be intense
  • it’s up to you how intense you make it though. Often 80% effort leads to the same result as giving 100% but you’re generally in a better mood, because it leaves time for other things to enjoy
  • if you don’t like the weather in Scotland, wait half an hour. It might change that quickly
  • generally speaking, it is quite wet and cold though. And also dark in the winter
  • the university owns the best gym I’ve ever been to
  • Edinburgh offers great cafés and restaurants
  • mountain biking in Scotland is a whole different story, but once you put yourself into it, it’s a lot of fun
  • and finally: people drive on the left side of the street, but they walk all over the place. Never before in my life have I had so many almost-collisions, no matter if I walk on the left or on the right side of the sidewalk…

I will write my dissertation on a football project for refugees in Freiburg, Germany. But I’m sure I’ll be back in Edinburgh and Scotland sooner or later. :)