Saturday, December 6, 2008

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

So another week has come and gone. This week was full of studying, but I finally feel like I'm getting somewhere. I'm almost done with my preliminary revisions of my notes, then I'm on to making sure I know it all, or at least 50% of it.

Today was pretty good. I went to the Elephant House to study for awhile. I like studying there, not only because it's got great food, but also it's got a great view of the castle. Plus Harry Potter was started there. Awesome.
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View of Edinburgh Castle from the Elephant House
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Then I met Anik and we walked around and got a lot of Christmas shopping done on the Royal Mile. The touristy shops never get old, and I seem to discover something new every time! Like Anik and I went up to the top of the Royal Mile, and headed down, systematically, and the first store we went in was awesome! It was the Edinburgh Old Town Weaving Company, and they've got a museum AND a working mill in the basement.

Then we found a timeline of kilt styles from ancient times until now. And of course, being the mature 23 year old that I am, I did what any self respecting woman does when confronted with a maniken in a Scottish kilt....
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He was a real Scotsman, in the sense that he was wearing nothing underneath. But there was also NOTHING under there, like a Ken doll. Probably for the better... that would have been a wee bit weird.
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Picture of the tartan-weaving process. It was coooool!
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The museum/shop in the basement.
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Later that night, after visiting the ratty babies at Anik's, we went back up to Princes St. to the Christmas Market. We met up with Jessica and a bunch of other people, and had fun eating delicious food, drinking mulled wine and meade, and enjoying the Christmassy spirit!
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The Scottish portion of the market, the "Highland Village Market." The other part was the German Christmas Market.
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Jessica wanted to ride the carousel, but I was freezing, so I took pictures instead.
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I was having way too much fun with my camera settings :)
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Now I'm back in my warm and cozy bed, looking forward to a fun day tomorrow, with just a wee bit of studying. Not sure what I'm doing yet otherwise, but I'm sure it'll be great fun! Once again, I love this city! :)

2 comments:

Clem said...

Hi,
I’m a Canadian undergrad student looking into applying for the GEP program at Edinburgh and was looking for blogs from North American students who went through the process.
I found you blog through an other bloggers links ("Diary of a Dick Vet") and was wondering if there was anyway I could get in contact with you to ask you a few questions on the program and the culture shock? It’s a big leap into the unknown for me at this point so it would be a relief to talk to students with first hand experience!

Tara E. Bergin said...

Of course! My IM is Bergundy07, my Skype is the same, or my email's tebergin@gmail.com. I mightn't be on IM much in the next week (exams are next week, ahh!), but after that I'd be happy to have a chat! :)