Travel Journal: Scotland
The first week of classes is officially complete! It was filled with immunology, anatomy, the Scottish Enlightenment, and bioengineering. I'm glad to report that I can understand all of the professors, and the subjects seem interesting. The anatomy class is modeled after medical school anatomy which uses USMLE style questions. I know it's going to be a really hard class, but I'm still excited! We even wear white lab coats during the lab. It was strange to start the term after being in Glasgow for two weeks without any classes, but it's nice to get on a schedule and have something to do each day.
The week went by much quicker than expected. Dr. Reigelman, the director of the Center for Global Citizenship at Centre, came to visit Glasgow for a few days. We had an amazing dinner at the Ubiquitous Chip, one of Glasgow's most famous restaurants. The meal began with a pumpkin sage soup. Then, as an appetizer, we ordered haggis, which I tried for the first time. I loved it! I think I'll have to order it again. For my entree, I ordered salmon, which was amazing. We ended the meal with dessert—I had a lime and crowdie cheesecake which was to die for! It was absolutely wonderful to see a familiar face and have a visitor from Centre. We told Dr. Reigelman and his wife all about our experience with travel, accommodations, our flatmates, and classes. He reminded us that we were the pioneers of this program and that we needed to gather as much information as possible to share with future students.
After enjoying a wonderful meal with Dr. Reigelman and his wife, fellow student Ellie and I made plans for the next day with Meghan and Bailey. We decided to go to the Willow Tea Room, a famous tearoom designed by Scottish Architect Charles Mackintosh. We had afternoon tea, which included finger sandwiches, scones, jams, and a strawberry tart. I also had almond honey tea, french toast with cinnamon, natural yogurt, and fruit. It was a great experience—something that everyone tells you that you have to do! Now I definitely see why. While walking down Sauchiehall Street, I looked up and was reminded of how much I love Glasgow. It's a bustling city with great shopping, food, and architecture. I can't even describe how I felt in that moment—an overwhelming feeling of love for this city and everything that goes along with it.
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