02.03.2015 - 03.31.2015 61 °F
This semester has been wonderful. These last two months of consisted of being busy, lots of fun with lots of friends, and of course... studying.
Some of the events include a couple of balls with the hispanic society, a couple of concerts with a Jazz band, the instatllation of the St. Andrews Rector, a campus wide university housing protest, and seeing a few plays with some friends.
My radio show has taken off more this semester and it has really been alot of fun for me (include link here https://soundcloud.com/peter-myer)
This semester has really been great because I now have a very close group of friends... from all over the world. My closest friends are from Germany, Italia, Sweden, London, Bermuda, Edinburgh, Croatia, Glasgow, and Belfast among other places.
My adventure over here has truly been wonderful. I have gained a unique persepective of the States - the place we all call home. I have a new appreciation for the standard and cost of living, the availbability of resources among other things. I have thoroughlly enjoyed my almost full academic year here. More importantly, I have made some incredible freinds that have taught me so many different things. They are so interesting and through our friendship, I have gained insight on how I approach the United States, myself, and the world, that I could not have obtained anywhere else... it just would not have been possible.
I've been failry active in the International Relations Department and I was recently in charge of a Undergradauate Wine and Cheese event. Sailing starts in April so I am excited for that.
I ran my fourth marathon in Northumnerland.. which was 27.5 miles and I ran it with a friend. It was an outdoor coastal marathon - very wet, very difficult, very long... but that was a "fun" adventure.
My dearest brother Benjamin graced me with his presence for his week of spring break. I had a great time showing him around, meeting my friends, and seeing all that is wonderful about St. Andrews. We also took a highland journey (many pictures attached) that was really great. We had a wonderful tour guide. We saw everything from the four great lochs (lake) (Loch Ness, Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, and Loch Linnhe), we saw the site where Harry Potters' castle background is set, the only castle used in Monty Python, and some Highland Cows. We spent two nights in the wonderful city of Portree, Isle of Skye, which was this tiny little, beautiful harbor town (the biggest town in the Isle of Skye). The Isle of Skye, and the highlands in general is truly a majestic place. We saw everything from the Ferry Pools to Glen (valley) Coe to Ben (mountain) Nevis. We also had a wonderful tour guide who told us all the local highland stories about the history of all that we saw.
The castle tour we got was really fun... it seems that a large portion of Scotland is dedicated to sheep and castles... and rain if you aren't in St. Andrews.
Anyhow, Benjamin had a great time in Scotland (I think). Then I set off with 5 of my closest friends to Dublin. We took a ferry from Glasgow to Belfast and stayed two nights with my friend Ludo, who lives in Belfast. It was great fun to get to see his very "English Style" home, and really just to catch up on some sleep and hang out.
Then, we got to Dublin and it was incredible. It was overwhelming but incredible. We stayed there for three nights (including St. Patrick's Day) and I saw so much.
On St. Patrick's day, there were tons and tons of people in every street, the Parade filled the air, everything was so alive. They said the Guiness would taste different in Ireland, and they were right... it just tastes different in Ireland. Being an American in Dublin on St. Patrick's day was an absolutely incredible experience. I had a great time with my friends and I wouldn't trade it for the world. We got all dressed up, saw the parade, went to a few pubs, and took it all in.
Now, as April is approaching, this is the final stretch of the year. I will have some papers and tests these next couple of weeks, and then exams! I'll keep you all posted.