Corrine Mcandrews: A Month Already


I am completely sick and it’s my flat mate’s fault. All the people living in the student accommodation are sick. It’s horrible, but thankfully I’m sick while living in a beautiful city. I have been trying to see the bright side of things. I have been
trying to stay optimistic. It has been a struggle to get to classes on time or to even fall asleep because of how sick I am. My coughing keeps me up all night and bothers everyone during the day. The only good thing about being sick is that I can wake up sick and know that I am still in Edinburgh.
I have never lived in the dorms. I live with my mom still in Philadelphia and just commute to Drexel, so getting sick along with the other college students because a bug is going around the dorms is all new to me. Thankfully, so is this city still. Actually, this city is becoming more and more like home to me, in the sense that I now know the individual bus routes and the ins and outs of the city. I am slowly beginning to learn where the nice pubs are and where the lousy bars are. One main thing I learned while exploring, and still pretty sick might I add, is the difference between a bar and a pub. Pubs have a much nicer feel to them then bars do. A pub is more welcoming and humble feeling than a normal run down bar.
It is so relieving to me that I now know how Edinburgh’s streets wind and turn now. It is the most comforting feeling in the world to see how well versed I am becoming at living in Edinburgh. But there is still so much to see. I cannot wait to explore more and to continue doing the tourist-y stuff. No one can help but to wander this city for the first time without doing those kinds of things.
Adjustment to Scotland took less time than I imagined. I was very scared and reluctant to travel so far from home for the first time, but I never want to leave. The world seems so big now that I have travelled. Travelling this city takes a long time and even though I have walked in all directions out from the castle, which is still my main central point of location for me, I have so much yet to see. I am still shocked that I am here. Almost a month has gone by and I cannot stand to know that that much time has passed already.