Looking back at my Scottish Adventure

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 Nimai Desai
Program: Bachelor of Commerce – International Business Management
Study Abroad Location: Aberdeen, Scotland

I was recently lying down on my bed and summing up everything I have done in the last six months in Aberdeen, Scotland. I remember taking a bus from London and travelled overnight for 12 hours to Aberdeen with two big suitcases. I was travelling in the dark, but I was so excited to be in Scotland. I still remember having the first look around my cozy room. Since then, I have been to so many new places, including London, Edinburgh, Cruden Bay, Stonehaven, Old Trafford and so many other memorable places. I have met so many people who became my friends from all over the world. All these trips taught me how to plan my way through anything, keeping my budget in mind. This experience definitely taught me how to be independent.

I am glad I had the opportunity to go on the exchange program and discover more about myself.

Thank you for reading my posts!

Nimai Desai

Last Month In Scotland

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Program: Fashion Business Management
Study Abroad Location: Aberdeen, Scotland

Sorry everyone for my last few blog posts being late! My last little while abroad was crazy! I will try to remember as much about my crazy adventure as I can.

April and May was a little bit of a haze of final projects and studying for exams. May 11 marked my last day of school at RGU and the next chapter began!

My roommate and I flew to London on the morning of May 12, my birthday, and spent the day at Warner Bros studio. It was a magical birthday spent with props from the Harry Potter film series.

After spending a few days in London, I traveled to the Greek island of Zante. I had a few lazy days by the pool and beach at a beautiful hotel. I enjoyed food, met new friends and sweated off the stress of the end of school.

I then met up with my roommate again to head off to Croatia for a week-long cruise. What a week that was! Our Sail Croatia boat was crazy fun. We saw amazing sights and explored this heavily underrated country. I will definitely be back as it was the highlight of my trip.

At the end of the week, we said our goodbyes to our cabin mates on the cruise and headed off to Italy! We visited Sorrento, Amalfi, Rome, Florence, Bologna and Milan. My time in Italy included some not-so-great moments, like dropping my phone from a rooftop in Amalfi, but it had great moments too, like when my phone still worked after its fall!

Seriously though, Italy is absolutely amazingly beautiful. The people are kind, the food is great and the sites are unbelievable. While we were there I met some cousins on my mom’s side of the family for the first time. They were very gracious to us and I cannot wait for another opportunity to visit them.

From Italy, we traveled to our last stop, Paris. We were in the city during Euro Cup, so the atmosphere was incredible. We saw the sites, celebrated with the winning team’s fans and soaked in ambiance of the romantic city. Our favorite part of being France was actually not Paris, but Euro Disney! We fulfilled our childhood dreams and hung out in Disney for three days. By the end of those three days we were exhausted and finally headed back to Scotland to meet up with our families.

                Seeing my family again had a very calming effect. Traveling on your own can be stressful, but when you’re with your parents they help share all the logistical responsibilities. I was nice and relaxed, that is, until my family made me navigate through the highlands. I can proudly say we only got lost once! My parents fell in love with the scenery, the castle, the landscape and the animals. However, on our last day we got a flat tire and after that we were all pretty much ready to go home. It’s not like we were going to be doing much more driving anyway!

The Mecca of Football and London City

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 Nimai Desai
Program: Bachelor of Commerce – International Business Management
Study Abroad Location: Aberdeen, Scotland

The Mecca of football is Manchester and ever since I’ve been a big fan of Manchester United, I really wanted to tour the Old Trafford stadium. Thus, on the 23rd of May this dream came true. I took a bus from the city of Milton Keynes and went straight to the city of Manchester.

In the bus my excitement was beginning to build up as I’ve seen on TV the address plate of Old Trafford and as soon as I saw it, it was an amazing moment for me. Inside the stadium, I came across the statue of Sir Marr Busby, the person who started the greatness of Manchester United.

I was also able to visit the Trinity of Manchester United which contains three legendary players in English football history: Sir Bobby Charlton, Denis Law, and George Best. The man who has revolutionised this club into a global phenomenon was Sir Alex Ferguson and there was also a statue of him.

The visit to the museum was also amazing! There were so many trophies, jerseys, profile of legendary players! But the excitement wasn’t over! With the tour, I could see the managers’ conference room, the cafe, dressing room, seating area of all the players and pictures of the original stadium. The megastore of the Manchester United as they call it had so much merchandise of the club, from jerseys, to winter clothing, footballs, accessories, and etc. I just couldn’t walk out of there empty handed having so much to choose from!

Another amazing city I was glad to visit was London! Such an incredible place that most people desire to visit, study and make a fortune! I visited many iconic places such as, Piccadilly Circus, SOHO, Trafalgar square, and etc. My first stop was Piccadilly Circus and if not late, I could have gone for shows happening there. This is very common place for film shootings as many of Hollywood movies have been shot there, for instance Fast and Furious 6. From there, I went to visit the Trafalgar square, a complete tourist attraction and right next to the British Art museum. I felt so lucky being able to see one of the top 10 universities of the world, the London School of Economics. While in Scotland, I ended up visiting London City more than once and in one of these visits, I saw Buckingham Palace, the place where the queen resides. I recommend you watch the changing of guards in Buckingham Palace, it’s very intense!

After seeing the changing of guards, I walked around a park named Hyde Park, and then went to a very big luxury store named Harrods. This store has the best quality of everything with the best brands in the world. After roaming Harrods I took a bus to Madame Tussauds, a wax museum containing wax statues of legendary celebrities, actors, ministers, and etc. I had a great time there!

From Madame Tussauds I went to King Cross Station, again for all Harry Potter fans, the entrance to Platform 93/4 is from King Cross Station.

The next day, I saw the Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, palace, London Bridge, Tower Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of London, Shakespeare Global and ended my day at the London Eye – the biggest wheel in the world! It took nearly one hour for the entire giant wheel to finish one cycle! It was long but at the same time, so much fun!

Thank you for reading and stay tuned for my final post!

My Life In Scotland

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Author: Nimai Desai
Program: Bachelor of Commerce – International Business Management
Study Abroad Location: Aberdeen, Scotland

After spending some time in Scotland and in the university, I was getting accustomed to lectures, tutorial and group work. I was fortunate to make friends very quickly. Among them, two became my best friends, one from Aberdeen and the other from Italy. They stood up for me and were also my group mates. They were both very humble and gentle people and were with me on all my courses. I felt lucky for having them as my friends and hope we can keep in touch even with the distance.

Besides studying, I also enjoyed my time travelling as much as I could. One of the places I visited was the heart of Scotland, Edinburgh. Edinburgh is also the capital city of Scotland, a place which contains the high courts; sheriff courts just to name a few. A fun fact for all Harry Potter fans is that J.K. Rowling, the author of the books, started writing the books in Edinburgh in a cafe named The Elephant House. When I heard about the place, I had to go there and visit it. At the cafe entrance there is a sign written “The birthplace of Harry Potter” as well as some pictures of J.K. Rowling writing the books. I took the opportunity to have a coffee and a bite there before heading to the Edinburgh Castle, one of the top 3 castles in all of Scotland.

This is the castle where the first Kings and Queens of Scotland had resided. In the castle, there were certain cannons, and the cannon balls with it as well as the armory which contains weapons of the ancient times. One of the interesting facts about this castle is that it was used as a prison in the older time, and prisoners from different countries were held in Edinburgh Castle. It was a great experience to have known their way of living, eating and entertaining. A high point is absolutely the view, which you can see the entire city of Edinburgh.

Right next to the castle is a museum of single malts which was an interest of mine while staying in Scotland. The museum was insane! There were over 3,400 single malt whiskeys from all around the world collected by a single person named Claive Vidiz. This visit taught a lot about single malts, the heartbeat of all single malts is in Scotland.

The trip to Edinburgh was incredible. Once a lifetime chance to see the capital of Scotland and I embraced it.