A Spanish Girl in Edinburgh

Vega Lázaro is a Spanish Fine Arts student, she´s always wanted to be an ilustrator. Another thing she´s always known is that she wanted to go on Erasmus. An so she did.

Last year, 2016, Vega headed to the green fields of Scotland. She was starting her Erasmus experience in the School of Arts of the University of Edinburgh.

 

Why did you choose to go on Erasmus?

I´ve always wanted to study abroad, to soak in another culture and step out of my comfort zone. I think, nowadays is so important to have international experience and get to know how other people work, think and live.

What make you choose Edimburgh?

To me Scotland was my bucket list destination. I wouldn´t nknow how to explain my love for Scotland and the Scottish culture, I just knew that I wanted to live in Edinburgh for some time (actually because I had to come back, I wish I still was there). There´s an incredible cultural offer, people playing music all the time anywhere…ahh the celtic music!! Also incredible pubs and beers. And of course, their national animal is the unicorn!!

What did you think about the university? The lessons? The timetable?

Great! The timetables were compatible with having some free time to explore the city and get to know the locals and also to have a part time job. The workshops were shorter tan in Spain which made everything a less tiring experience, plus the teachers were so supportive!

What did you think about your work? The amount of grant you received?

The grant was enough and I was happy with it, but coming from a spanish household and living in Edinburgh you kind of need a second income. During my Erasmus year I had to take  a part time job at Forest Cafe, and I couldn´t be happier that I did!I met incredible people working there, customers and colleagues.

How did you find your accommodation?

I joined a Facebook page for students looking for accommodation in the City. Also I think I checked the listings put up on the University website.

What is your favourite memory?

Definitely going to the Kelburn Garden Party Festival with all my friends!! Was kind of a perfect good-bye for me.

What did you think about the weather?

Well…I was way more rainy tan Spain that is for sure! Good thing that I love the rain. Besides, could you imagine the green fields of the Highlands without a cloudy sky?

And what about the food?

I am vegan, so basically I didn´t got to try all the traditional meals but I found one of the best vegan restaurants ever, Kalpna. If you ever go to Edinburgh you should totally check it out.

What about the people in general?

They’re super nice and always prepared to help you, in Edinburgh I have met people that I know wil be my friends forever. I am so glad I got to spend a year with them.

Did you visit any other cities or go on any trips?

Yes, quite a few villages in the area around Edinburgh and Glasgow. I visited Inverness, Loch Ness, the Highlands and the Isle of Skye.

What was the most beautiful thing you saw?

I think my favourite site was Glenfinnan Viaduct and Loch Shiel in the Highlands.

What advice would you give to any future students?

Make the most of it, don’t get too caught up in it all, and immerse yourself in the culture!

Thank you Vega!!

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