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Prima Facie

Time January 31st, 2011 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

We arrived on Wednesday at around 12pm. Although many of us had just met, after a long flight and layover times it really felt like we knew a whole lot about each other (despite the fact that most of us couldn’t recount the names of most everyone). The airline that IFSA-Butler had booked, Virgin Atlantic, was phenomenal. It is beyond a doubt the best airline I’ve ever encountered: free blanket, socks, toothbrush, toothpaste, dinner, wine, breakfast, snacks, dessert, salad, water, pens, movies, TV shows, music albums. These were the outstanding features bestowed upon us by Virgin Atlantic (not to mention a funny introduction cartoon). Upon arrival at Edinburgh airport, we met with Ruth, Deirdre, and Katharine, the Scottish representatives for IFSA-Butler. They were (and continue to be) very friendly! We hopped onto two shuttle buses which drove us to our destination, the Apex International Hotel. Again, an outstanding part of the trip. The Apex is a premier hotel throughout the UK (and possibly Europe?). According to my British friend, Rosanna, it’s quite “swish.” The rooms, which are big and awesome, come fully furnished with a large flat screen TV, free Wi-Fi, two queen beds, tea, coffee, water, and one of the oddest bathrooms I’ve ever seen. The shower doesn’t have a curtain, it has a glass cover which only goes past half of the bathtub-oriented shower. It’s very confusing. More on the topic of confusion is the toilet, which will be an utter mystery for uninformed Americans. It took days to figure out, but we finally found an answer: there are two buttons on each toilet, a large one and a small one. The small one is for number 1, and the large one is for 2, but don’t expect them to flush like American toilets. Instead, they are slow and gruesome. The first night, though very slow and full of jet-lag (though not for me personally… I have a great ability to stay up for long periods of time), involved a small (student-organized) pub crawl, a popular activity for students in Edinburgh. On that note, I’ll end this post for today. Enjoy the video! The next post will contain some information on the drinking culture in Scotland (and the post should surely calm the nerves or a worried parent).