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Long Study Tour in Edinburgh, Scotland (Part 2)

Thursday

Thursday’s events were the ones that I was looking forward to the most, and they did not disappoint. After breakfast, my class headed to the Edinburgh Police Department to speak to an investigator about his work. Everyone seemed to enjoy the lecture, especially about the murder case that he helped to solve.

After loads of free time and a good gym session, it was time for the anticipated murder mystery dinner at the Murrayfield Hotel restaurant. Even though the dinner was four hours long, the actors were very entertaining and we all had a great time trying to figure out who the perpetrator was. In the end, we all got it right (I mean…what do you expect from a forensic psychology class?). The food was also excellent, at least mine was. The avocado red pepper and brie small plate was very flavorful, the risotto was so rich, and the sticky toffee pudding was the perfect amount of sweet. After talking to the rest of my classmates, though, I found out how inconsistent the food was.

Friday

Friday was one of my favorite days in Edinburgh. Our first event of the day was visiting Shakti, an organization helping minority victims of domestic violence. Not only do they help the women in crises, but they also provide many services to their children. Talking with the heads of each department (outreach, housing, and child services) made me realize how interesting their work really is.

After another break and another gym session, it was time to attend the Scottish Whiskey Experience. Even though I am not a big fan of whiskey, to put it mildly, the tour was entertaining and they made it fun to learn about the process of making whiskey. Dinner this evening was by far my favorite meal on the trip. We were lucky enough to eat at Vittoria on the Bridge, which was voted the best Italian restaurant in Edinburgh. Let’s just say, it lived up to the hype. I got the Spaghetti alla Carbonara Originale, and it was the best pasta I’ve ever had. I also had the Caramel Popcorn Sundae, which came with caramel popcorn, ice cream, and fudge pieces.

Since Friday was our last night, a big group of us decided to go out clubbing. We decided to go to Why Not Nightclub, which was pretty decent. The music was amazing, and there were a lot of people there, which made dancing really fun. The drinks, however, were disappointing. It was so busy that the bartenders couldn’t make any cocktails.

Saturday

Travel day #2. Nothing much to say about this day. I woke up, packed, and met my class to get to the airport. DIS arranged for us to get dim sum, which, due to the amount of luggage we had and the time we had to get to the airport, we ate in the airport Starbucks.

That concludes my long study tour in Edinburgh, Scotland! Thanks for coming along, and next week I will be making a post about my trip to Norway! In the meantime, here’s a song that always puts me in a good mood.

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