Travel Journal: Scotland
As of yesterday, I've officially been in Scotland for one week. Let me just say, it's been an amazing experience already. Everyday, I'm so happy that I made the decision to come here. I know that in December, although I'll be thrilled to be back with my family and friends, it will be incredibly difficult to leave.
I'll start out this post by saying just a little bit about my flatmates. They're awesome! Of course there's me, and Ellie who is also from Centre. Then we have Vincent, Xavier, and Thierry (although Thierry moved out because he was sleeping on Xavier's floor). They're from France. Then, there are Pietro and Francesco from Italy, and Javi from Spain. We also have Stephanie from China, Tom from the United Kingdom, and Natalie from Estonia. As soon as the Freshers move in, we'll have two more flatmates. I couldn't be happier with the group that was randomly selected for me. They are so friendly, inclusive, and welcoming. We even have a favorite spot in town for the group of us—The Old Schoolhouse Pub. We play Spanish card games that are similar to the card games Spoons, Mafia, and Bull. We've also learned a French game called Biskit, which I lose quite frequently.
Even though we went to school (The Old Schoolhouse) in the evenings, we had lots of activities during the day. On Monday, we had an orientation program that gave us a lot of information that we needed to know. Tuesday, I went on a walking tour of campus, Wednesday I took a trip to Glengoyne Distillery and Stirling Castle, and then Thursday was a bus tour of Glasgow. All of these activities gave me awesome insights into the scenery in and around Glasgow.
On Friday, Ellie and I went to the Botanic Gardens, which are near our flat. They were amazing! They have been around for almost 200 years. It was a biologist's dream! We spent a few hours there and only got through one of the buildings. We'll definitely have to go back another day!
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