After finishing my year abroad, I thought my final year at Leicester would consist of a whole lot of studying and not much travelling. I am studying a lot, yeah, but thanks to my being a committee member of the Erasmus and Exchange society, I’m also getting the chance to travel around the UK. I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again: it is nice to be able to relive Erasmus, even if it not quite to the same extent as during my actual year abroad in Pisa.
We on the ULEES committee organise day trips and weekend trips throughout the year, trips that are meant especially for international students. So far, we’ve been to Stratford-Upon-Avon and Dublin and, for our latest venture, we went all the way up north to the one and only Edinburgh!
The 4:30am start for the 6am departure from campus was definitely not one of the highlights of the trip. The coach journey was a good six hours long, but at least we were in good company. Three of our committee members are Travelholics (that’s the travel company we use that helps us to plan and organise our trips and itineraries) representatives so they were doing most of the work, and they were kept pretty busy at times. As I mentioned in my previous blog post, running a society with around 350 members isn’t plain sailing. We had about 80 people sign up for this trip so there was a lot to do. A few problems did crop up, mainly due to miscommunication with the hostel, but other than that everything went pretty well.
I had a really good time in Edinburgh. It’s such an amazing city and I will definitely be going back there again some day. The long journey and early starts were worth it. Shame it was so freezing up there!! Edinburgh castle was awesome and struggling to climb on and off one of the monuments on Calton Hill was one of the highlights. My favourite part was probably the Christmas market. The Scots really know how to throw a Christmas market.
I feel like, due to the fact that I was born and raised here, I haven’t been appreciating what the UK has to offer. I’m usually always wanting to jet off to other countries and haven’t actually been that interested in visiting many British cities. Being a part of ULEES has not only made me appreciate other cultures, but has made me appreciate my own culture more.
But, yes, now I’m back in Leicester and also back to reality. I can’t afford to spend many weekends off from doing university work so the travelling will have to be reduced to an amount that doesn’t affect my studies. I have an assessed presentation next week, an internship application deadline coming up, and an essay deadline in two weeks. Fun fun fun. ULEES is participating in a Winter Euro Trip this year which runs for 10 days in December – those taking part will be visiting France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland. I really can’t justify travelling for 10 days when I have so much to do over the Christmas break (cry).
So that’s it from me this time! Ciao for now!