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    Everything I Packed to Study Abroad in Scotland

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    I posted last month about all the things I wished I had brought with me to Scotland, saying I’d soon write up everything I did bring. Well, this is me keeping that promise!! In this post you’ll get to see literally everything I brought with me, and what I packed everything in.

    But before we get into this I want to say one little disclaimer. What each student needs to bring abroad will definitely vary. So while you can totally use my list as inspiration on what to pack, you may want to bring different things I left out, or not bring as much of a certain item that I did. That’s totally fine. Especially since not everyone is a fashion obsessed girl who owns too many clothes to fit in her closet at home and will never be caught wearing the same outfit twice. 

    My Suitcases

    Okay, first things first. I packed everything in three suitcases and my backpack. Yes, three. I’m not even going to try and justify that because of the disclaimer above.

    three suitcases used to study abroad

    I brought a large (about 30x19x11 inches) suitcase, a medium one (about 26x18x10 inches), and then a carry on (about 25x14x8 inches) suitcase. All three are the hard case rolling suitcases that allow you to fit even more than you expected since each has two compartments.

    The backpack I used was just the basic one I use for classes. And it’s actually my all time favorite backpack I’ve ever used!! It has a separate pocket inside for my laptop and a zipper pocket inside as well! I usually keep a couple tampons and pads in there for emergencies. 

    What I Packed

    3 Dresses

    • Black cami dress – gotta have an LBD, plus the cut is good for layering
    • Long sleeve dress
    • Tank dress – also good for layering

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    Two Days in Edinburgh Solo: A Travel Diary

    This post has been a long time coming. Meaning I literally went to Edinburgh a month ago and I’m just now getting this up. It would have been up way sooner, but I got annoyed that I had hundreds of photos to go through and just put off editing them for two weeks. It’s casual.

    What matters is that I am here now to tell you all about the beautiful and historic city of Edinburgh!! A city I really want to go back to soon because I didn’t get to do everything I wanted. Plus, Edinburgh is so much more my vibe than Glasgow is. There. I said it.

    2 Days Solo in Edinburgh: Everything I did in the historic city over two days as a solo female traveller

    Getting to Edinburgh

    Lucky for me, getting to Edinburgh from Glasgow is super easy. There’s a bus to Edinburgh that runs literally every 15 minutes from the bus station across the street from my school. How convenient right?

    I left a little after noon since I had a class that morning, and got to Edinburgh in just barely over an hour. I spent most of the time listening to music and watching the countryside flash by out the window. The bus even had wifi so I could listen to music that I didn’t just have saved on my phone, too! That wifi worked a gazillion times better than the wifi on the train I took to Liverpool!! Like Virgin Trains, you need to step up your game!

    I made sure to have the walking directions to the hostel I was staying at pulled up on Google Maps before I got off the bus. No one wants to be lost in a foreign city.

    Where I Stayed

    I had a reservation at St. Christopher’s Inn hostel right across from Waverly train station. It was the very first hostel I had ever stayed at and I was very impressed!!

    I stayed in a female dorm with four three-bed bunkbeds. There were lockers for each bed, and we all shared one bathroom. But of course, there were other bathrooms in the hostel, just on different floors. The shower looked nicer than the one I have in my flat, but the temperature sucked! The water was either freezing cold or scalding hot and nothing I did changed that.

    For one night, I only paid like £10 so I’m not trying to complain at all. I actually loved the hostel and can’t wait to spend nights at some more across the UK! Maybe I’m just weird, but I sleep best when there are other people near me, so being in a room with like 11 other girls made sleeping a dream.

    Day 1

    Since I had to check into the hostel, it was already past 2 p.m. before I could start exploring. I had a faint idea of where I wanted to go so I just headed down the west end of the Royal Mile, which was only a block south of my hostel. Read more…

    One Month Abroad

    So somehow it’s already been over a month since my first study abroad update. Say what?

    Time is flying by so fast here and I’m actually okay with that because it’s motivating me to get all my traveling done. Which I have done quite a bit of since we last talked!! I’ve also made two friends and am getting close to some of the other international students and my flatmates. Plus, I’m finally completed adjusted!! Well culture-wise, but not education system-wise. But keep reading to find out more!

    My Travels so Far

    I’ve explored almost all the major attractions in Glasgow, took a trip to Liverpool and Edinburgh, fulfilled my childhood dream of seeing Loch Ness, and went on two tours hosted by my university.

    I won’t be talking about my trip to Liverpool or Edinburgh in this post because they were so long and deserve their own post.

    First Uni Tour

    I was excited about the tour because I hadn’t really gotten to go to any international events yet, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to meet people. But LOL no because I’m antisocial and just listened to podcasts on the bus there and went off on my own to take pictures.

    Related: Overcoming Fear in Everyday Life

    Kelpies statues falkirk scotland

    The Kelpies

    The first stop was The Kelpies statues in Falkirk. They are literally just big statues off the side of the motorway, but apparently, they are one of the biggest tourist attractions in Scotland. I loved the mythology behind the artwork and if you don’t know what a Kelpy is, then you should Google it because they are some interesting creatures. (Hint: they aren’t actually horses) Read more…

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