I’ve been away from this blog for longer than I thought/wanted, as it often happens. But I’m not gonna bore you people with all the ‘things will be different from now on’ (they won’t) pep talks.
Last month, the significant other has been offered a job in Edinburgh, starting August 1st.
So, yeah. We’re going to move to Edinburgh.
>>>insert happy emojis here<<<
Edinburgh is such a vibrant and dynamic city, literally bursting with cultural activities and incredible energy – THERE’S JUST SO MUCH TO DO. Theatres, concerts, events, festivals, fairs, libraries, shops, food, you name it. I’m so so so happy I’ve actually already started looking for accommodation 😆 (and also found and lost my dream house in 24h -.-). I would love love love to find an apartment in Stockbridge or Dean Village, but I think they’ll be out of reach for us in terms of budget (Edinburgh is pretty expensive in terms of house renting, at least for Scotland’s standards).
Of course I’ve already checked the area and found both the local Confucius Institute and Japanese society 😎
At the same time, I know I’m going to miss the Highlands a lot. The nature and scenery here are literally breathtaking, people are lovely, and everything is just so enjoyable. I’m going to miss living close to the city centre and at the same time being able to have river Ness and the parks at only 10 minutes of walk away.
The truth is, I just feel so blessed to live in a country in which we can find ourselves at home everywhere we go. Everything in Scotland is just amazing and I just can’t be grateful enough for how lucky we are.
I just hope this will be our last move for a while since packing and unpacking is seriously exhausting – plus I’d like to settle and start being more involved in local projects and activities, something I can’t do if we keep moving every year.
This said, there are going to be some consequences on my language learning plans as well. I know I said that I was most likely going to take HSK3 in April, and there’s nothing in this world that I hate more than changing plans and go back on my word, but in the light of the recent news I don’t think this would actually be the best course of action.
My plan was to sit the test in Aberdeen (since there are no HSK test centres where I live), which is 2,5h by train away from here. I was doable of course but not ideal, plus it would have been impossible for me to attend the free preparation classes they were offering there. And after the test, I would have had to go back to Aberdeen just to pick up my certificate.
(Which reminds me: I never went to get my HSK2 certificate from Confucius Institute in Florence. HA!)
Now that I know I’ll be living in Edinburgh soon, there’s really no point in going through all this fuss. I can conveniently sign up for the test there, attend all the prep courses I want – and, why not, I may even consider to attend a proper Chinese language course at Confucius institute there, either before or after the test. It’s definitely cheaper, more practical and strees-free for me.
The only downside is the for some reason in Edinburgh they hold examinations only three time a year, which means the fist available spot will be Saturday 1st December ._. considering that I took HSK2 in February of 2016, it would mean almost 2 years later. Oh well. I guess I’ll just swallow my pride and get over it.