The adjective that best describes my stay in Edinburgh is “spectacular”, as I chose 3 weeks in August to attend the FRINGE festival, which is held there once a year and brings together artists from all around the world that dance, sing, exhibit their work and act in front of thousands of people.
First of all, Edinburgh has the typical British character: a different currency and metric system, ladies in hats sipping tea at 5 o’clock, they have lunch early, the buses are double-decked, red telephone boxes, etc. Besides, there’s a lot of young people, so you can find people with all types of preferences regarding music, beliefs, education and style. The city has two areas: the old town and the new part. So there’s a lot of diversity and contrast in the city. There are tons of art galleries, cosy places to go for lunch, all types of stores and modern places with good live music to go out at night and practice English outside school.
I studied at Kaplan International, which is in the very centre of the city, in a famous Victorian building with large classrooms and the famous brick chimneys. One of the strong points of the city are the teachers, who made lessons more entertaining by introducing games and pair work that help practice English.
The best thing of my stay abroad was getting to meet people from so many different countries, with whom I spoke in English… and still do, online!