Halfway Musings

Sarah Mason University of Edinburgh, Scotland


March 28, 2016

Greetings from Edinburgh!

Last week marked the halfway point of my study abroad experience, and I’m full of mixed emotions. It seems like such a long time ago, and not so long ago at all, that I arrived in Edinburgh, nervous and excited for what the semester had in store for me. In retrospect, I have only been here 12 weeks, which, in the grand scheme of things, isn’t a long time. However, in some ways, I feel like I’ve been here for quite a while. By this point, I’ve fallen into a routine of sorts that somewhat resembles what I would be doing back home. I have my favorite cafes and pubs, streets I love to walk on, and a crew of friends who are always willing to explore with me. I feel settled here.

At the same time, I’ve realized that there are also a lot of things I miss about home in the States. I miss my family, friends and boyfriend, I miss my tiny liberal arts college, and I miss my obnoxious little dog. In general, I miss the familiarity of home.

So, reflecting upon the halfway point of study abroad is bittersweet. I have learned, experienced and seen so much during my time in Edinburgh so far, and truly fallen in love with the city. At the same time, I think I’ll be ready to return home in 10 weeks (at least for a little bit!).

Meanwhile, I plan to make the most out of my final weeks abroad. I’ve compiled a massive list of Edinburgh sights and places that I still haven’t gotten around to seeing. I also have trips to Greece, Italy, and Barcelona coming up – more posts to follow.

Until then – cheers!


Scotland Semester