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Defining Scotland

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind… More

Melissa T. University of Aberdeen, Scotland


Melissa T.


University of Aberdeen, Scotland


Hey there! My name is Melissa Thompson and I’m a sophomore English Literature and History double major at Texas Tech University. I’ll be spending my spring semester at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland and I’m so excited about this great adventure! I’m so looking forward to the beautiful, unique landscapes of Scotland and learning more about its rich history and culture. A few of my favorite things include traveling, writing, antique stores, coffee, trying new foods and reading good books.

Defining Scotland

Melissa T. May 10, 2016

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey” –Pat Conroy It seems like only yesterday that I stepped onto the plane in Texas that would… More

A Traveler's Life for Me

Melissa T. April 20, 2016

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience” – Eleanor Roosevelt What still amazes me about living in Scotland are all the opportunities for easy and relatively… More

Springtime in Aberdeen

Melissa T. April 5, 2016

Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard With the weather warming up and the sun shining, spring has finally arrived in Aberdeen. With spring break already upon… More

Adventures in Perth, Scotland

Melissa T. March 28, 2016

Not all those who wander are lost” – J.R.R. Tolkien This past weekend I decided to go to the lovely little town of Perth which is just a little less than a two hour train journey from Aberdeen. While it was a dreary day with rain, my adventure was… More

An Evening in Stirling: Ceilidh, Kilts and Haggis

Melissa T. March 22, 2016

“I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world”  - Mary Anne Radmacher These past two weeks have been busy filled with research and writing essays, but I got a nice break from it all for a bit with a ceilidh that was hosted… More

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