An American in Scotland


My name is Jada, I’m an American, and I’m going to Scotland for six months. I’ll be studying at the University of Glasgow and hopefully living like any 20 year old Scottish college student would. But of course I’ll be American, not Scottish, and the culture shock is sure to be insane. So I’ve decided to document my insanity, starting from about a month and a half before I hop the pond until I return. I hope to share photos and snippets from my daily life with y’all. So this is going to be, starting around January first, a travel/photo/journal blog-contraption. Until then its most likely to be pre-planning blog which will focus on preparing to study abroad for six month and planning travel to several other country’s in Europe as well. Enjoy.

Questions?
Don’t do this ladies and gentlemen. Don’t make me hunt you down and find you. Bring a nice rain jacket or something. More horrifying is that she was posing for a picture at this time.

Don’t do this ladies and gentlemen. Don’t make me hunt you down and find you. Bring a nice rain jacket or something. More horrifying is that she was posing for a picture at this time.

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Glass creations in Murano, an island in the Venetian lagoon. 

Glass creations in Murano, an island in the Venetian lagoon. 

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Oh what a lovely day in Italy, I think I’m just going to sunbathe barefoot on a bench just outside of Venice. 

Oh what a lovely day in Italy, I think I’m just going to sunbathe barefoot on a bench just outside of Venice. 

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In Venice. 

In Venice. 

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St Marks Basilica in Venice has some of the most amazing mosaic work that I have ever seen in my entire life. The entire ceiling inside is tiled with hundreds of life sized figures. It is amazing. 

St Marks Basilica in Venice has some of the most amazing mosaic work that I have ever seen in my entire life. The entire ceiling inside is tiled with hundreds of life sized figures. It is amazing. 

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This was a very brave pigeon in Florence, Italy. Oh and that is my camera bag and water bottle. 

This was a very brave pigeon in Florence, Italy. Oh and that is my camera bag and water bottle. 

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Venetian Mask. This one is super elaborate and, if I remember correctly, cost several hundred euros. The masks are made and decorated by hand and go from about 10 euros up. And they are all beautiful. Its a centuries old tradition of making a wearing mask, they are generally worn during Carnival (Mardi Gras) and were made to hide who the wearer was so they could act freely. Some only cover the eyes while some cover the entire face. Now they are more touristy but they are still steeped in tradition and are extremely high quality and made by artist who dedicate their lives to the craft. 

Venetian Mask. This one is super elaborate and, if I remember correctly, cost several hundred euros. The masks are made and decorated by hand and go from about 10 euros up. And they are all beautiful. Its a centuries old tradition of making a wearing mask, they are generally worn during Carnival (Mardi Gras) and were made to hide who the wearer was so they could act freely. Some only cover the eyes while some cover the entire face. Now they are more touristy but they are still steeped in tradition and are extremely high quality and made by artist who dedicate their lives to the craft. 

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A glass menagerie of sorts in Venice. While Murano is actually where the glass is made (an island just off Venice, in the Venetian Lagoon), it is still known as ‘Venetian Glass’.
ps look at those sheep. I totally got one as a Glasgow/Venice souvenir. I bought mine in Murano though. 

A glass menagerie of sorts in Venice. While Murano is actually where the glass is made (an island just off Venice, in the Venetian Lagoon), it is still known as ‘Venetian Glass’.

ps look at those sheep. I totally got one as a Glasgow/Venice souvenir. I bought mine in Murano though. 

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The carousel horses in Florence. Which my Courtney’s friend insisted was called a ferris wheel. We made fun of him. 

The carousel horses in Florence. Which my Courtney’s friend insisted was called a ferris wheel. We made fun of him. 

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Tiny Italian delivery truck. I guess it might be a bit larger than a smart car. In Florence. 

Tiny Italian delivery truck. I guess it might be a bit larger than a smart car. In Florence. 

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