time . is . flying.

Wow Its mid-October…can I even call it that? It’s the 21st. How has time gone so fast…dammit that means its only 4 days till the next essay is due. What fun. But they do say that time flies when you are having fun.

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It’s almost certainly everything but the lectures which are enjoyable part of uni. Meeting new friends, bumping into people I met in first year, avoiding those places I went last year (although the meadows on a Saturday night isn’t really that bad) and just generally being a student. I guess those days when I make it to lectures on time, and I understand whats going on, im not falling asleep, my pen is working… those days are a bonus. And yes sometimes lectures are really interesting. I think its random facts I like the best (hopefully im not just memorising them in case of pub quizzes). Did you know that a bear desnt actually hibernate? Their metabolism and body heat don actually drop that much; really wat they do is called torpor.  Also the potato and the sweet potato aren’t even in the same taxonomical family. Also the shape of a leaf has a big influence on it’s temperature. Leaves with serrations – called teeth break up the eddies around the leaf and create turbulence. Is that getting a bit nerdy? Am I getting to excited be science. Oh well.

In any case; sweet corn kernels were originally black not yellow…and that just seems strange

And another thing I’ve learnt…

Tengo que escribir mi ensayo.



stunning day on a mountaineering club trip to Torridon

Failte its Shona here. Im afraid that’s all the Gaelic i know, but growing up in the highlands of Scotland I know a fair few place names which derive from Gaelic. Coming to Edinburgh has made me wish i knew another language…its so multicultural here its fabulous. Its such an eye opener to see a mix of people…  I’m not a city person but i like Edinburgh: its small and anyone can feel at home here.

I’m studying ecological and environmental sciences and although just its just my second year here my friends feel like family.  Most of my friends here have been through the university mountaineering club; I love the outdoors and the range of activities it presents. I’ve grown up with nature on my doorstep but yes cycling to lectured in the rain isn’t the best. Through my course I have learnt a bit about weather patterns…but I’ve also realized how critical water is for so many natural processes….so i guess i shouldn’t complain. With studying and mountaineering i don’t find much time for another key hobby: all things crafty! Im not very good at keeping tidy notes; but if you see in the library a blonde girl colouring a poster on micro organisms or water-balance systems it could be me! I try my best to make every situation fun!

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