Letters from Scotland
By Jonathon Farrell
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Today marks one month that I have been here, and what a month it has been.
Most of this week was not as exciting as others - I have two 3,000-word essays due on Nov. 4, and I am trying to bring myself to get them done. But after five months of summer holidays, as the school year started later here, I seem to have forgotten how to be an efficient student!
I will be able to get them done though, I just need to convince myself to sit down and do it, despite all the better (or at least more exciting) things happening here. An example of the distractions: This past Wednesday, I wound up in Glasgow once again. My buddy, Jonathan, had to take his car to the shop, and it wound up being a 12-hour trip!
We visited his family, and then his mom drove us in to the city centre. We toured around George Square and saw the City Chamber and many statues of famous Glaswegians, and then toured around shopping malls while waiting for his car to be done in the shop.
Those shopping malls were some of the fanciest buildings I have ever been in, where you could buy a T-shirt for 145 pounds!! Needless to say, I didn't!
But I did end up buying a Barbour jacket, which is just the thing to have here. It comes with a write-up telling you which royals wear them. I needed a raincoat, though, and it is pretty nice.
The rest of the week was primarily spent in futile attempts to work on an essay, as well as a lot off time spent hanging out with my new friends here and watching movies. We went to see "The Social Network," a movie about the guy who invented Facebook, and watched a few other ones just around hall.
And last night, I did something else quite Scottish: I went to a chippy (fish and chips shop) and had a deep-fried Mars bar. And my blood still feels thicker than it did before! I don't think I will have one again; it tasted great, but it still feels awful 16 hours later!
I also confirmed plans for Reading Week. I am going back to Norway to visit the families who hosted me when I was there in 2008! Just have 6,000 words of essay to do beforehand!
A statue which someone puts a pylon on every day
Jonathon Farrell, son of Geoff and Sandra Farrell of Huron-Kinloss, is studying at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland this school year, through a student exchange program at Queen's University, Kingston, where he is a third-year student.
photos by Jonathon Farrell
House of Fraser Shopping Mall
A streetscape in Glasgow
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Monday, October 18, 2010