Update #1

I feel like there will be more times that I don’t post for a while and need to update, thus the #1.  Today marks the last day of the first week of classes, and I am really happy.  My first class, Nationalism and Unionism in Modern Scotland, was on Tuesday and is taught by Professor Colin Kidd who is crazy in the best possible way.  He is so funny and interesting and had fun little anecdotes throughout the class, thus spending pretty much the entire 2 hour class on attendance and going through the course handbook (syllabus).  My second class is The American Metropolis which I have on Thursdays.  The Professor, Dr. Emma Hart, is really sweet and her focus is 18th century American Urban History, so I think we will get along quite well.  In fact, she is giving a talk at Penn in January that I may go to.  I already have loads of reading and a presentation on Monday, but despite the work I think it is going to be a lot of fun.

Beyond classes, I went to Rosh Hashana services on Monday with my friend Stacy from Penn and it was really interesting.  There were a relatively small number of people with an Orthodox style service, although more relaxed.  It was unlike anything I had ever been to before, and was a cool experience.  I got to meet a bunch of people from the Jewish Society at that and the apples and honey event later that night and I am definitely going to join that group.  They were so welcoming and I have a feeling that their weekly Shabbat dinners will help me find a real community (I missed the one this week to save money, but I will hopefully go to one soon).

Also, on Wednesday Dudley (another friend from Penn) and I spent the day in Edinburgh.  Unfortunately, my camera was broken so I couldn’t take pictures, but that just gives me an excuse to go back.  It was about 2 hours away by bus and pretty much all we saw were quaint towns and farms until we got to Edinburgh.  Honestly, Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever seen.  The history is everywhere and just walking around the University area was amazing.  I want to go back to see shows and visit museums, especially the free museum attached to Edinburgh Castle that houses exhibits about the 1st of Foot Royal Scots, the unit that we represent in F&I.  Once I have a camera again, that will be one of the first things on my list.

Next week I have class on Monday and Tuesday (Thursday class is moved to Monday for the week because Dr. Hart has a conference in the US) and Yom Kippur on Wednesday.  Thursday I am going to Glasgow to celebrate Rachel’s birthday with her for the weekend.  I am excited to spend a solid 4-5 days in a new place with such a good friend and can’t wait to try some new things and explore again with Rachel.

I think that is all for now.  If anyone is following this, thank you for sticking with me during my depression stage and I promise (well, hope) that the entries will be happier from now on.

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