Tag: Scotland

Scotland – where to go?

After I’ve lived in Scotland for about a year, I have to admit I’ve fallen in love with a lot of the scottish culture as well as country. Though I’ve been studying at the university and thereby been busy attending lectures and so on, Ive had a few trips around in the cities and highlands, and I wanted to make a list for you with my favourite places so far. I also want to highly recommend a vacation trip to Scotland, though it is might not be the most popular country when you think of where to go in your summer holiday. But if you do enjoy a breathtaking nature, a very charming culture and something different from another beach holiday, Scotland is the perfect place. Flight tickets are not too expensive, rent a car or get hiking, there’s loads to explore!

Highlands

I think very few people have not heard of the wonderful nature of the Scottish highlands by know, Whether its the highest mountain of Ben Nevis, the wonderful Isle of Skye or famous Loch Ness the iconic landscapes of Scotland is very well known. Though it can be quite rainy and cloudy most of the year, I have never experienced a nature and sceneries like in the Scottish highlands. Even touristy places like Loch Ness or Inverness echos with the history and myths very known by the Scottish folks. Glenfinnan Viaduct is a hidden gem Id recommend taking your time finding, as well as the fairy pools, The Bow Fiddle Rock near Moray and Glenfinnan Viaduct. But to be honest you can just jump in a car and start driving north, and I can promise you, you will find nature worth seeing. If there’s one thing that’ll take your breath away, its hiking the Old Man of Storr – thats a view worth seeing!

Cities & castles

Whether you’re thinking about Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness the cities in Scotland has a lot to offer! Almost every time Ive visited any of the bigger scottish cities, Ive immediately felt myself surrounded by the scottish culture. Whether its been back pipes playing, men walking around in kilts, beer talk and laughter in a pub, or a guide telling thrilling stories of the myths and legends well integrated to the history of the country. The castles such as Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle or Eilean Donan Castle can definitely still give you an idea of the great and proud kings and queens and clan leaders that used to rule Scotland. If you’re into castles theres enough to begin with, but the cities in themself are an amazing experience as well.

If you have any other topics or places you’d like me to write a post about, feel free to leave a comment! x

 

7 fun facts about Scottish culture

Hi darlings!

I cannot I’ve now been in Dundee for 1 month! I gotta say I really love living in the sunniest city in Scotland, and even though being a university student can be quite challenging at times, I love every part of it! However, the scottish culture is quite different from what I’m used to, and I’ve here chosen the 10 funniest facts I’ve discovered so far:

  1. Bagpupes and kilts. t’s the typical, scottish cliché, but like all the cheesy quotes you so often see in movies, it comes from truth. Here at University of Dundee e.g. you’ll see someone standing in a kilt, playing the bagpipe for all bigger event.
  2. Haggis. Haggis is the real taste of Scotland, and I got say that as long as you’re not thinking about what it really is, it taste pretty good. Haggis is a dish made of a sheep’s ‘pluck’ (heart, liver and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally simmered in sheep’s stomach for about three hours. Delicious right?!
  3. Tatties, bampot and other scottish words. The scottish accent is something we’ve all heard of, but how about the scottish words? I can tell you I’ve been repeating the word “what?” a lot of times since I arrived here, because the scottish have a lot of their own words, very different from the american or british Im used to!
  4. Scotland has the highest amount of redheads in the world. And it’s something you really notice once you walk around in the cities etc.
  5. Scotland’s national animal is a unicorn. I find that really cool though (Denmark’s is just a swan – boring right?)
  6. It was the Scots were the ones to invest golfing, and the city St Andrews (which is really close to Dundee btw) is considered to be the city home for golf. Loads of famous people come there to golf, Obama has been there, and Jamie Dornan is there now!
  7. Scotland has 3 officially recognized language: English (of course), Scottish Gaelic and Scots. Maybe that’s also why they have so many of their own, special words?

That’s what I’ve got so far – what did you think about it? Anything surprising? I definitely was!

xx

 

14 days in Scotland or My fresher’s week

Hi darlings!

It’s been ages since my last post, and so much has happened since! As you might have seen on my Instagram or snapchat I’ve been road tripping around Europe, and last Saturday I officially moved into my University Accommodation! So much has happened in the last week, I’ve never been so confused before, but I’m also having the time of my life!

I left Denmark August 26, arrived in Dundee September 2nd and Monday my semester is starting. The last two weeks have went by in a blur and I’ve done so many things! First off with the roadtrip, we went first thing to Amsterdam, then Newcastle then Scotland. I’ve been to so many new places (a vlog is coming up soon) This week has included meeting a lot of new people, getting used to new accents (the Scottish one!!)  and a new university. But even though  I’ve only been here a week, I already feel like home and I’m sure my stay here at University of Dundee is going to be amazing. I also feel like after my year in Paris, there are so many things I’m more prepared for. Eg getting used to a new culture, city and language, which I couldn’t have been if I hadn’t already experienced all that.

I’m a bit nervous starting with my courses this Monday though. I mean I haven’t been studying for a whole year, it’s going to be difficult to get started again. At the same time, I’m really looking forward to it – I’ve missed being in school. How about you guys? Have any of you started at University or a new school? How are you finding it?

xx

University up next or When there’s 1 week left

Hello darlings!

I’m currently writing in the lovely Danish weather – meaning I’m hiding inside with a cup of chocolate, listening to rain falling outside. It’s still so different to be back home, but I guess I better get used to the weather again since it’s mostly the same in Scotland.

These past 5 weeks have passed so fast, and I cannot believe I’m only 1 week away from beginning my next adventure: University! My lovely parents are going to drive me all the way, so we’re making a holiday out of the long trip, starting with a night in Amsterdam, exactly one week from now.

As I’ve said, again and again, my gap year in Paris was my best decision so far. But I’m really looking forward to going to university and to be studying again. It’s gonna be rough to start again, after a year where I haven’t’ done much, but I’m also expecting to get some unforgettable years. For starters, I’m finaæly getting my own place. Or partly, since I’ll be moving into university accommodation. I’ll get my own room and bathroom (thank God), but I’ll be sharing the kitchen with some lovely ladies. I think it’s going to be great to share a bit and be able to socialize, but I’m so happy for the fact that I’ll try for the first time ever, to be more or less completely on my own.

I’m not sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ll be studying English and history as joint honors, and I’m SO excited. I’m expecting a letter and my first book TBR soon, and I’ve really started to realize that this is happening. I’m moving to Scotland, I’m going to study at a university. I’m going to leave Denmark once again. To be honest, I’m living the life that I have been dreaming of.

How about you guys, anyone else excited about university too? About studying and moving away from home?

I’m working on something new which I cannot wait to reveal for you!! But you have to be patient for a bit longer before I’ll release it for you.. 😉

That’s all for now xx
Bisous

 

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How to pack for university accommodation Or my checklist

Hello darlings!

Time is flying faster than ever, and in just about 3 weeks I’ll be leaving my hometown in Denmark once again. I’m so excited for university-life, and even though it’s still weeks away, I’ve already started packing – after all it’s the first time I’ll actually be living on my own. With my own plates and forks and knives and everything! I know I’m not a “grown up yet”, but there’s something about having your own stuff for the first time. Do you guys get excited about this stuff too?

However, I know packing for this big moment in your “grown-up” life can be very hard and challenging, and to help myself I’ve made the ultimately packing-list, and I thought I’d share it with you! Feel free to leave a comment with your opinion or any questions you might have! xx

 

 

 

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How to apply for university in the U.K.

Hello darlings!

So a couple of you have been asking me how you apply to universities in the U.K. I know if you are from the U.K., you can get a lot of help from your school, but if not you might have to do it all on your own.
However, I want to recommend to go to ucas.com, which is the website from where you’ll apply. They have some really good tutorials and contact information if you need any help.

It’s very different from country to country how you apply for university. In Denmark there’s two ways, where the first is strictly about your final grade from college. The second way is more similar to the way it’s done in the U.K. The grade does matter, and there is always a  grade point average you need to reach, but it is not all you need. I’ve made an easy 5-steps guide for you here, and if you have any questions, just comment below!

  1. Start by register on UCAS.
    All university applications in the U.K. goes through Ucas. Filling in your application is the first step for you to do, once you’ve decided what you want to study and where.
  2. Find a course you want to study. Even though the university you choose might be important, finding the right course for you is possibly the most imprtant stage. UCAS has an exellent search page, where you’ll be able to check out your options.
  3. From March to September, you should spend some time researching  universities. The U.K. has many great options, and even though many people look after the big universities such as Oxford, Cambridge and Kings College London, there’s many other universities who might fit you better. Open days, conferences and conventions also take place in these months, which is a great opportunity for you to check out the universities you might be interested in.
  4. Once you have decided wich course or university you would like to apply for, you should start on your application. That includes a motivation letter, filling out the application forms on UCAS and a recomendation letter, typically from your teacher. Even though you can apply for up to 5 universties/courses at once, there’s only room for one motivation letter.
  5. The 15th of january is the deadline to apply for most universities, so you need to have it send by then – that’s the last step, to send your application and wait for repply.

As to when the university will apply, the deadline is often in may, depending on the university. However, in my experience, if you’re from another country that the U.K. you might get your answer later than the applicants coming from the U.K. You would also need to take an eglish test on academic level, if you’re from a country whoe first language isnt english.

Thats all for now, and I wish you the best of luck for your applications! xx