Yes, I am still alive and well!! It's a funny thing about studying abroad, time seems to move even faster than normal! Every day I have the intent of sitting down and updating everyone, but then life always is taking precedent. I guess that's how it is supposed to be.
So a stream of conscious update, get ready for nonsensical ramblings…
Scotland is breathtakingly beautiful, in ways so different from America. Where we have miles and miles of suburbia, the Scots have huge cities, tiny suburban areas, and thousands of acres of beautiful nature spotted with tiny little towns! While I love living in Glasgow and getting to experience all it offers (and I haven't even put a dent in that list), my heart is happy in those little towns. Farmer's granddaughter at heart - yay Minnesota!
The nice thing about going along miles of country roads before reaching towns is you can see the city building approaching in the distance. It feels like movie sometimes. St. Andrews was especially like this, as you come down the hills into the seaside town. It was adorable and the Cathedral ruins were mesmerizing. I think I like those more than the castles. You could see how their used to be walls attached to these pillars, and the history of the reformation is so poignant in these areas.
I have quickly discovered that when studying abroad, more emphasis is but on the abroad than the studying. The inner nerd in me had a hard time adjusting, but this easy academic live is something I will enjoy for now since we all know that's not going to happen again for a long time! Bagpiping is great - I'm actually not have bad at it! I can play a few songs, but mostly scales that sound like a dying cow! Yes, I will give concerts when I get back - NO LAUGHING!
Anatomy is pretty much the best class ever! There is tons of information, but let me tell you, the human body is amazing! We haven't even scratched the surface yet, and I am floored that 7 billion individuals have managed to get enough organ systems right to function! It's crazy!
It's a three hour class three times a week, but the last two hours of every class we get free reign on all the specimens. There are also three demonstrators that are essentially anatomy grad students that help us go over things, we think they are about the coolest people ever! Tracey is adorable and just got married, WaiKen makes the greatest little quizzes for us, and Max is full of random facts that somehow help you remember everything!
Scottish Enlightenment is…enlightening. Each class is taught by an expert in the field, making me realize that I know pretty much nothing about this topic! It's still interesting though!
Study abroad is strange in the sense that I am living a life completely different from the rest of my classmates, but every once and awhile I am brought back to reality. Having to put together a class schedule for the spring, submitting my med school application, housing papers - it makes me miss home in a lot of ways. Then I remember I am in Europe and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. So hence the lack of blog posts, my Scottish life keeps getting in the way. And for that I am thankful.
(If you made it this far, you deserve a cookie! Also, welcome to how my brain thinks - it's confusing, trust me, I know!)