Next Stop: Edinburgh, Scotland aka new home
Upon arrival, we got checked in to our hotel. We stayed at the Grosvenor Gardens Hotel in Haymarket. Although the reviews on this place are solid I would make one additional note. Due to the current construction within the city, the traffic has been detoured and if your room is on the street it is very loud. Additionally, the curtains do not provide a blackout room- so it remains pretty light in the room. The breakfast was good, and the staff was very nice. Additionally, the rooms themselves are HUGE, especially in the family room. We stayed in a room with very tall ceilings and was larger than anything I have ever stayed in while traveling.
After getting checked in, again, we were hungry. I will dedicate a specific blog post just to food because I love food. Eating, cooking, and experiencing foods can be a hobby, right? We wandered the area and could see just how the locals are getting frustrated with the new tram system that is being installed. The construction is terrible. The claim is that the tram system will be in within the year. I highly doubt it, based on rumor has it they have been saying it would be done every year.
We wandered the city, found my flat, and ate at a great little Italian Restaurant. After dinner, the wind was picking up and we needed to find some refuge. We walked a bit and then decided to head on back to get some rest for the next day. As we had official relocating business to take part in.
Going to the Campus- Heriot- Watt
I later met with my advisor. I believe she and I will get along great. She told me the bad news that I didn't get selected for the scholarship. Knowing the reasons made it so much easier to handle. They needed someone who knew the Deaf Community and Interpreting Community in the UK. I won't lie, I am sad, as receiving some type of funding would truly help this process. I don't know how I am going to do it, but I will keep working long hours and try to save as much as I can until I move. And then, I guess just trust that something will happen. That I will find funds to come home and work some, and maybe even find a job while I am there. After I graduate, I am committed to setting up a scholarship fund so that just regular ol' hard working people can get financial help with their educational pursuits. She mentioned that there was on other potential scholarship, and we will see. I am not counting on it, but it would be a wonderful surprise if I got it. I guess, keep your fingers crossed for me.
During the time at the University, stopped by the Health Center, and the Exercise Facilities. They both will be great services while I am away. I am looking forward to being apart of the National Health System there. I am not going to lie, not having to pay for my monthly inhalers is exciting! I may not need them there, I don't know- my asthma is all weather related it seems. The health center even said that if I was SOOO sick, that I couldn't make it to campus they would potentially make a house call. I don't ever want that to happen BUT whoa, a house call? How cool is that? All the pictures below are from the campus.