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Greetings from Glasgow!

Nine weeks have passed since I arrived in Scotland at the end of August. It is surprising to think that this means I am roughly at the halfway point of my adventure! So far my experiences here have been just wonderful. I will try to write a summary of what has happened until the beginning of November, and then attempt to post stories at least weekly!

I started my semester abroad with a brief trip to Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city. In September I moved into my flat just near the University of Glasgow. By this time most of the Lewis & Clark students on my program had arrived as well. We then traveled together to the Highlands of Scotland for a delightful week before classes began. We were able to stay with a lovely family in the town of Glenelg, also called the ‘gateway to Skye’.

There are parts of the West End of Glasgow that remind me a lot of Portland, and some areas that feel even more urban. I am staying very close to the river Clyde, which runs through the city, and has really nice walking paths along both sides. The Clyde was once a significant source for trade and shipbuilding in the British Empire, but now it is mainly known for its modern draws, such as the Glasgow Science Centre and the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre. The BBC Scotland is also right on the river. At night there are lights on each bridge, all different colors, that reflect over the water. It makes for a really fun little study break walk, less than five minutes from my door!

This week I have been trying to spend more time on classes, but of course there are always good distractions in the city. I have Celtic tickets for this Saturday, which will be my first official ‘football’ match! Though, at this point in the semester, essay writing is a must, so Sunday will have to be a little more serious I suppose. But, I do enjoy the University library, all twelve floors! From the top, the views of the city are incredible! Kelvingrove Park is another one of my favorite quite spots nearby, and hopefully I can post pictures of a few of these highlights for you soon.

all the best,

Corinne

7 November 2008