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The End of a Bittersweet Experience

Nearly two weeks ago, I’d come out of a horrible fever, and Scotland had changed entirely. With my head no longer throbbing, I headed down to the city center for some fresh air with two of my flat mates. Construction workers and tourists filled the streets as the sound of[Read More…]

by December 5, 2014 0 comments Guide Columns, The Guide

Home is Where the Hoyas Are

The people I meet studying abroad come in many different servings. Some, in the infamous words of Patrick Bateman in “American Psycho,” are single-serving friends, whose paths cross mine only for a brief moment, on an airplane or in a cafe, for instance, before fishtailing off again. Others are defined[Read More…]

by November 14, 2014 0 comments Guide Columns, The Guide

A City Haunted by its Past

I pass at least four dead men on my way to class every morning, the number varying by the route I take. If I take the long way, looping around Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, past the spires of St. Giles’ Cathedral, I glimpse the likes of Adam Smith and David Hume,[Read More…]

by October 31, 2014 0 comments Guide Columns, The Guide

European Art Delights

Halfway through the second act, amid the browbeating and emotional turmoil that comes with this kind of existential crisis, my gaze shifted to the ceiling. Hidden high above the stage lights, far from the absurdist nihilism playing out down below, were the soaring vaults and arches of the neo-Gothic cathedral.[Read More…]

by October 17, 2014 0 comments Guide Columns, The Guide

Reflecting on Kitsch and Kilts

At home, on weekends, during snow days, or really whenever the mood strikes her, my mom will wake us up by singing. Some days she’s Glinda the Good Witch beckoning her munchkins to get up and “meet the young lady who fell from a star”. Other days we’ll wake up[Read More…]

by October 3, 2014 0 comments Guide Columns, The Guide

Power of Poetry Unites

She said “I loved you like my favorite armchair” and the room fell silent. Her voice grew louder and louder and her pace quicker and quicker as if the words were burning inside her and she needed to spit them out. The room temperature was coming to a boil. There[Read More…]

by September 19, 2014 0 comments Guide Columns, The Guide

A Semester of Arts and Ingenuity in Edinburgh

While writing this column, I’m currently sitting at the epicenter of an explosion of clothes in my childhood bedroom. The collage of photographs, magazine cut-outs and concert tickets plastering my walls, in combination with the overflowing pile of ancient travel books and European pocket change on my desk, only adds[Read More…]

by September 5, 2014 0 comments Guide - Top, Guide Columns, The Guide