Author Archives: Jamie Slater

Haste Me Back

I’ve been back in the United States for just over three weeks, and it’s been five days since I arrived at Georgetown, which is a substantial enough time to cement the idea in my head that I’m back stateside for … Continue reading

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A Brilliant Arrivederci: Last Trip to London and Rome

In two days’ time, I will be on a plane home to California after what’s been an incredible three and a half month adventure. During this semester, I’ve been on eight different trips to eleven European cities and nine countries, … Continue reading

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A Fairytale Adventure in Another World: The Scottish Highlands

For most people, the movies “Brave” and “Braveheart” are their only sources of knowledge about Scotland. From these films, images of lakes surrounded by green rolling hills and mountains become popularized as what Scotland looks like. While this is certainly … Continue reading

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Holidaying in the French Riviera…Did I Just Say That?

I’ve always heard that the French Riviera is a gorgeous place, but I’ve mostly only read about it in old British novels where people go there “on holiday” or in order to recuperate from a terminal illness. I never actually … Continue reading

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Spanish Lessons and Gaudí Buildings in Barcelona

Two weeks ago, I had this weekend free and wasn’t planning on traveling anywhere. One of my friends had booked a flight to Barcelona, though, and wanted me to go with her. Although it is a major study abroad trip … Continue reading

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Tradition

Last Sunday night, one of my Scottish friends said she needed to get a winter coat by Tuesday. When I asked why, I got weird stares and “Fireworks!” in return. Fireworks? “For Bonfire Night!” they said, as if I should … Continue reading

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Prague: Where Fairytales and Communism Meet

Up until last week, I’d pretty much forgotten about the first part of “study abroad,” but I’ve had to spend much of the past week working on papers, or essays as they’re referred to here. Luckily, Edinburgh has enough cafes … Continue reading

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History Lessons in Hungary

Budapest is not a city study abroad students typically visit. Rome, Paris, Barcelona—all of these cities tend to be higher up on the list, and thus the extra expense for Budapest is often not worth it. Yet, because one of … Continue reading

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Not Just One Scotland

Almost every day for the past month, I have walked up and down the same two major streets of Edinburgh. South Clerk Street has my flat building and the grocery store and connects me to the university buildings, and Cowgate … Continue reading

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24 Hours in Paris

One of the greatest parts of studying abroad is having the opportunity to travel on weekends. The airfare is relatively cheap on EasyJet or Ryanair (although slightly more expensive since I’m flying from the UK and not directly from Europe) … Continue reading

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