In early August, my family and I went to Scotland 😀 Edinburgh was first, and we stayed in a nice hotel right next to a train station which went to the centre of Edinburgh so we got on that and made our way into the centre. The castle was in the background, I took a lot of pictures, my sister said I went a bit crazy and got into tourist mode…
This was an arch-thing near the train station.
We spent one day in the Cairngorns, near Inverness where we went up the Funicular railway almost to the summit of the mountain. We were going to get the train up and walk down but my mum didn’t want to chance it, she was worried we’d fall down or something like that. On the way back down, we met the same family we had seen on the way up, which was coincidental. We also went to a lake nearby and had a walk around, I would have really liked to go windsurfing/canoeing/sailing but we didn’t have time or wetsuits but in the future I’m definitely going! The sky didn’t look very promising though and we just missed the rain.
When we were driving back to Edinburgh, we stopped off at Dundee and St. Andrews briefly. We had some really nice ice cream in St. Andrews, it had been mentioned in the Times newspaper so when we went there was a massive queue. Fortunately it was worth the wait and it was really creamy 🙂 The golf was on too, so that probably had an effect on how many people were there. It was really small though, I’m not so used to that kind of place but my sister liked it. She jokingly said she would apply to university there, to which my mum said no. Dundee was much bigger and more like what I’m used to, although the new roads/traffic signals totally confused us when we were trying to leave, almost as if Dundee didn’t want us to leave!
We then spent two days in London with my cousin and his fiancee. They took us to a nice Thai restaurant which was on top of a car park. Not under. On top. Which was really strange as we had to go up this slightly dodgy looking stairway to get there but the actual restaurant was very nice. We went to Bluewater which wasn’t too far from their house, and it is massive. It had an American-mall type of feeling, with tons of light coming in and a couple of outlet stores here and there. The frozen yoghurt was nice though and I bought a nice dress for my friend’s birthday party (her party was awesome too, on a side note).
And the rest of summer was spent watching movies with my friends/eating…I think I’ve been to far too many restaurants in a short space of time How I still have money is beyond me.
Anyway, two weeks ago I was working for International Orientation at University which was awesome! I was in halls so I just helped them take their stuff to their room, but our main job was to get students from the shuttle bus that came from the airport. The bus manager is supposed to ring us and we sprint out (they say 5 minutes but they mean 2…although one says 5 minutes and she means 10 :/) to collect them. One bus manager was pretty useless though, she didn’t know how many students we were collecting and which hall they were going to, she didn’t even get off the bus to help with the luggage and check we had the right students! That was slightly worrying but fortunately one of the students helped with the luggage, they were all so nice! Thursday was our busiest day, we had 19 students from one bus and I took 3 to a different hall a long, long way from where the bus dropped them off. Fortunately they didn’t have too much luggage, and most of the suitcases have wheels so we can just drag them along. I have a hoodie too, which says ‘ask me’ and so people asked me all sorts of questions about university and mostly directions, even when I wasn’t working, they just came up to me because of the hoodie. I’ve had to take students to all sorts of places because of this, but I don’t mind, I enjoy helping them; they’re also so thankful which is great 😀 And I even met someone who is on one of my courses this year, which was funny and a triumph, the first mathematician I’ve met! (He hasn’t forgotten who I am either, we had our first lecture today :P)
So the university semester is in full swing, sort of, tutorials don’t start until next week but we are all in ‘work’ mode now, no more lazing around at home XD Hopefully this year will be better than the last! 😀