Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Autumn is Here...Again

Hello blog world. It's been a while since my last post, and I must admit I have been suffering from a bit of writer's block. Since August, I have started my second year working at the Univeristy of Edinburgh and have welcomed 165 students into Lee House. This year my house has students representing 40 countries from around the world. Working in an academic environment is something I have always enjoyed because I feel like I get the chance for two New Year's; the traditional one on Janurary 1, but also the start of the new school year. For those of you working in the field of education I think you know what I am talking about. Ever since I was a little girl I loved the beginning of the school year. Buying new school supplies, seeing the new faces of students, and getting a fresh start midway through the calandar year. Because I transitioned from a student into a profession in Higher Education, I am privilaged to enjoy this feeling every year. Fall is in full swing here in the Burgh, and for the first time in my life I have been suffering from a bit of homesickness. This feeling is new to me, but I am glad to experience it so I can relate to my students who often suffer from missing their families who are also half way across the world. When I walk arond the city I sometimes get a gust of wind with the crisp smell of autumn in Virginia, making me miss my favorite parts of the season back home. Pumpkins and fall festivals, apple cider, the changing color of the leaves of the Blueridge Mountains, and watching my Hokies play in Blacksburgh. I do miss it all, but am lucky to have these great memories engraved in my memory forever while gaining new memories of fall as I spend my second autumn in Edinburgh. Since work has been so crazy with the start of the school year, I haven't had much free time to do anything, let alone blog, but this past weekend I was lucky to have a long 4 day weekend. And guess who flew to town? Yep, you guessed it, the German was back in the Burgh. 

Our last meeting was in Cologne at the end of August, and unfortunately I didn't have a chance to get a blog post up about our trip. Edinburgh flies to Cologne on a Friday night and back on Sunday night, so it's perfect for a quick weekend getaway. We enjoyed riding bikes and trying to relax before our long five week break and my crazy season at work. Cologne has an amazing cathedral and a fun scene for stag and hen parties. We enjoyed our time together in a new city, and I was happy to get my last fix of German cuisine.  

The German being German- oompah!

Flash forward five weeks, and we come to this past weekend. The German flew to town on Thursday night and on Friday morning we boarded a train to Glasgow to check out the Kelvingrove Art Gallery. He was super excited because, as you may already know, he is a huge AC/DC fan and the Gallery was holding an exhibition all about the band. 

Let's just say someone was very anxious to visit the exhibition and had been talking about going for a few months. 

The German was kid in a candy store....

And I had a great time too!

For those about to Rock...

We really enjoyed the exhibition, and the entrance fee was only £2. If you are an AC/DC fan, or want to become one, you must check it out!

After the exhibition, I enjoyed the Indian Summer we've been having in Scotland. It was in the 70's last week and felt so great! 

The German and Me

Sunday we had tickets to watch the Edinburgh Football team take on Glasgow. The Hearts of Midlothian  is my new local football team (Soccer for those of you reading at home in the USA). This was my first professional football match, and it was a great time being amongst the die-hard fans and watching Edinburgh beat Glasgow 2-0! 

My friends Jo and Kam joined us too. It's so great to live in a city with so many fun things to do right around the corner. Go Hearts!  

I think that we will definitely check out another match in the future. 

September is finally over, and next on my agenda is a quick trip down to England  for a send off of my friend Tricia who is moving to China followed by a trip to Spain in 2 weeks with the German! Let the good times roll again. 

Until next time, I will see you on the internet.

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