I think I can finally safely say I am over most of the Jet lag (Ha!). I woke up with a good nights rest and went to prepare some breakfast and green tea for myself and my roommate, Monica. We were out relatively early today, as Monica and I have a meeting at 9am with our program coordinator, to go over our finalized timetables. We were both excited and nervous on our walk to school this morning (Fun Fact: The sun really doesn’t come up here until around 9am). So, we have both learned to do most things in the dark lol! (Which also saves on electricity, thumbs up for sustainability).
As we walked to the university (about a ten-minute walk from our flat), we shared our excitement and nerves regarding our upcoming semester at the University of the West of Scotland. Upon arrival, we met with our coordinator who happens to be from Greece (so he has both a Greek and Scottish accent mushed into an entirely different fraken-accent). He’s great. He was able to work out and give us our identical timetables and… guess what! We only have three classes (due to credit sizing conversion between Canada and the UK). This meaning, we only have classes on Wednesday mornings and Thursday’s. Giving us five extra days for exploring, study and whatever else we can get ourselves into, Woohoo!
After discussing enrolment and some paperwork; Monica and I were free for the rest of the day. I ended up buying a University sweater to show some UWS pride (and it’s a plus because it’s very warm!). We got hungry around 1pm, so we decided to go to “Malatso” (a cafe located near campus, as they carry a vegan menu and have student discounts!).
I had a delicious vegan mini “Scottish breakfast”, it was very tasty! Monica also enjoyed a baked potato, which is a staple food here in Scotland. After eating, we explored the town of Paisley together and finally bought pillows for our flat!! Yay! (no more sleeping on my airplane neck pillow…lol). For the remainder of the afternoon, we took some photos together and explored the old churches in the area. The main attraction here in Paisley (the town we are staying in, near Glasgow), is “The Paisley Abbey”, which is an old church that dates back to the 12th century! It is so beautiful and we are so lucky as it can be seen from our flat window.
After finishing our exploring for the day, we visited Morrison’s (a UK grocery store), to do some food shopping and use their wifi. We are loving all the new and exciting products that are offered here. What an adventure it has been. When we got home, I made us some long-grain rice and vegetables for supper (alongside some trustee convenience store bananas! Which are surprisingly very good).
I finished packing my school bag for tomorrow and prepared myself for bed. I went to bed around 9pm. I know that seems early, but since it gets dark so early, we feel tired much quicker. Also, we did a ton of walking today.
Tomorrow marks the first official day of classes!! We are both so excited!
Love and Greeting from Bonnie Scotland!
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Sorry for the delay in starting my blog but in the flurry of activities (the Christmas Holidays and New Year’s Eve celebrations) I could not find the time to publish my posts. Luckily, I did document them (plus I have a great memory) so here are my thoughts in the time leading up to my departure.
The Perils of Packing
With a week until I leave I finally started packing. I thought I could manage one suitcase but there’s no way, so I’m paying for one more. In addition, I will have my carry on and a back pack! 4 months is a long time to fit into only 4 pieces of luggage!
As I roll my clothes up (an effective way to use your space) I’m thinking about what awaits me on the other side. Certainly the obvious hot weather, beautiful nature and the ocean. More than that, it’s a fresh start on a personal level in a new place and a new adventure academically, studying in Spanish at UT Cancun (Universidad Technologica)
I am still finding it surreal and I will until the first burst of Mexican air fills my lungs!
As I sift through my summer clothes bins, I’ve also decided I want Cancun to have my real home feel so I’m bringing “non essentials” like my incense, scented oils to burn and painting supplies. Those scents will comfort me in times of need. Plus I really want to paint my “oeuvre d’art” while I’m in Cancun. (I’ll keep you posted)
I have plans to see most of my friends and family this weekend at my Buen Viaje Fiesta my lovely parents and sister are putting together for me. Another post to come about that.
Well here’s the chaos that is my room for the next few days until I zip up my life to take away into the Mexican Sun!
Written by: Mel