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Another week from Scotland!

Second week here in Scotland start’s to be end.. Today is sunday and tomorrow starts new week here. Time goes so fast here. So much to do and see.. We have had new experiences this week. One of my favourite was visit to Robert Burns museum and cottage. It was very interesting and at the same time very nice experience. I actually choosed that Robert Burns will be one of my items on the portfolio.. So i will be telling there more about that man. Of course i will tell also here little bit about him.

So about the Robert Burns. He was born in little village called Alloway. Which is here in Ayr. His mother birth Robert their own home. They lived Burns cottage. Robert was oldest of 4 siblings.. He was died age of 37,5. He has heart condition called myocarditis/endocarditis. And that was the reason why he died so young age. Robert wrotes poems and was very known person because of that. Actually he became more popular and famous after his death. The poems was wroted scotthis accent. And for me those poems are hard to understand cos the language is very old scottish accent. Sometimes feels it is not english at all. Some poems i do understand. And there in the museum was basically everything about him and his life.. He has also wife and children. He is very interesting person and i would like to know more about him. He is almost like a national hero here in Scotland. Everybody knows Robert Burns here, no matter who you ask about him. I buy also few postcards there and i will put the pictures here.

Oh i could talk Robert Burns like all day.. But maybe it is enough for now about him. 🙂 Week goes so fast and i don’t actually even remember all the things what we do this week. Oh yes we was on the beach.. It was very windy but nice. Sun was shining and we take lot of pictures there, suprise suprise. We was also meeting our erasmus goordinator on thursday but our placement isn’t organize yet.. What i’m little sad and frustrated actually. i just want to start my placement.. That’s why i am here! And i have time limits and weeks what i need to do that i can complete my placement.. I hope we can get to start soon.. We have also next week freetime..It is nice to see around but still i would like to start my placement soon. Well it will beorganized soon.. I hope!

But about more nice things.. I was thinking that i post here those pictures of those postcards what i buy in the museum and i think also taking here some of his poems. So yes i will do that now!  P_20170312_183307Here is the cottage where Robert Burns was born. It was very nice. We visited there.. So amaxing. P_20170312_183241 Sorry about that this picture is side ways .. I didn’t know how to turn it right way.. But this is Robert Burns. And i forget to say that he also wrote songs too.

And here is one of this poems. It’s called A Red, Red Rose.

O my Luve's like a red, red rose,
       That's newly sprung in June;
O my Luve's like the melodie
       That's sweetly play'd in tune.

As fair are thou, my bonie lass, 
       So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my Dear,
       Till a' the seas gang dry.

Till a' the seas gang dry, my Dear,
       And the rocks melt wi' the sun:
I will luve thee still, my dear,
       While the sands o' life shall run.

And fare thee weel, my only Luve!
       And fare thee weel, a while! 
And I will come again, my Luve,
       Tho' it were ten thousand mile!                                   

http://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/poetry/poems/red-red-rose

Feels like a home!

I’m doing my intership/placement here in Scotland city called Ayr. And the school here is University of the west of the Scotland (UWS).

So it is first week here turning to end and tomorrow starting a new week. I arrived here tuesday 28th of the february. So i have been here now  days and it feels like i have been here much longer. I already loving these place and city and country. It is so different than Finland which is a good thing. I like a lot. I have had so much to do these first days that it feels like time has fly so fast  and i have been here only 5 days. 🙂

I have already notice little diffencies here compared to Finland. Like for example toilets doors open the “wrong” way, traffic is going oppisite than Finland and what is most delightful thing is that people here is are very friendly and stranger in the streets may say you “Hello” or “Good morning” and after that they smile to you.. Which is nice and it makes me happy and i enjoy even more being here. Everywhere you go people are friendly and interested that where im from and why i’m here. It is nice. And the views here, ou my god! It is unbelieveble and amazing.. And stunning and breathtaking. I could actually live here permanently. This is my place for sure. Ayr is not too big but big enough for me and i love this city.

I have also here two other finnish friends, they came diffrent city than i am. They are from Hämeenlinna. They are nice people. I have spending time with them and we have been visiting in Glasgow and doing lot of thing together. It is good to have somebody else here also who speaks finnish, it is good if you feel homesick or you have some other things. So you can get the support and chearing up from them.  I have been feeling good and exited not feeling homesickness at all. maybe cos i have had so much to do.

So in saturday we was visiting in Glasgow and it was amazing and stunning. We was visitin old cathedral and old greaveyar. Which was amazing. I take it lot of pictures there and i will put here few of them. After we finished our walking in old graveyard, i was speecheless… Cos there was so beautiful and amazing. All the old gravestones and everything. And it is lot if i’m speechless.. I never am.. But it was mind blowing exeperience and i start to think lot of history and everything. So amazed by all i have been through already. We will go there again for sure!!

Like the title sayes: Feels like home! This really does feel  like home. I really enjoy my time here. And i wait everything what is head of me and what is about to come and happent. I’m lovin these place! This is my second home! Still can’t believe i’m here. This is dream come true. Amazing, amazing…

And we have lot of plans what we are going to do but those things i will wrote later.. This is little sneak peak for my placement in Scotland. Much more to write but i can’t get it out of my head yet so i will write those thing also later. But for me most important thing is that i can keep the memories myself even this ends someday. The memories are what keeps me going and this is defenitly one of those memories. Nobody can take away this memories thats for sure. I’m happy now!

And i was thinking to do weekly blog so i do every week one blog and it is end of the week.. 🙂 i upload the pics if i can turn them right way =) i get only 2 pics the way i wanted so i put only those here. Sorry! =) More to come later! =)

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This is from the old graveyard. It is only pic there even though i take it a lot. I have take it all the pics for myself and i had edited also if necessary. IMG_20170304_223530_487

Me on the graveyard. 🙂 I have to take it selfie cos it was so amazing. 🙂