In the Land of Lads and Lassies

Traveling to a unknown and new place is always nerve-wracking, especially when that country is 1,000+ miles away from home. Coming to a new country has my emotions working overtime: trying to adjust to the time zone, finding my way around a foreign city and not get lost, make new friends, and getting use to the whole driving on the opposite side of the road thing. I’ve almost gotten hit more times than I’d like to admit.

Traveling is stressful in itself, but when you’re alone and only 20 years old, let’s just say the stress levels are through the roof. At least people in the UK speak English, even though some accents are insanely challenging to understand and I find myself just nodding and agreeing with whatever the speaker is saying. Half the time I bet my answers don’t even make sense.

On top of getting used to the city and different culture, I also have class that I have to attend. Classes are different here than the US. Here you go to a lecture and a practical/tutorial once a week for 1-5 hours, instead of having a Monday/Wednesday/Friday and Tuesday/Thursday schedule.

As much as I am loving Scotland, there are a few things that I miss from the US and they are: driving, my family, having unlimited hot water, my comfortable full size bed, my phone, all the clothes that I wasn’t able to bring, and my friends.

I’d like to think that I am starting to blend and not look like I have no idea what I’m doing. I just hope I don’t scream “AMERICAN.” 

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Not Bad, Barack

As the United States of America’s presidential election came to an end, after two years of campaigning, the internet swelled with tweets, status, memes, and jokes about the two main candidates. A few weeks before the election, on sites such as memebase and reddit, jokes and picture ‘memes’ started to pop up in most cases favouring Barack Obama over Mitt Romney or just making fun of the election all together. Obama has been used in memes since he became president, four years ago. A cartoon rendition of him with the large red caption ‘Not Bad’ is used on many ‘memes’ and has made him a favourite amongst social media users.

Obama himself uses the popular site Twitter to reach out to his demographic. His popularity on the site was shown straight after he won the election , when he tweeted a picture of himself and his wife, Michelle. The tweet became the most retweeted post in the history of the site, after being retweeted over half a million times. Other politicians on Twitter are usually very rigid and considered by many young people as ‘boring’. Obama’s relaxed Tweets, such as his gratification tweet to his voters, ”This happened because of you. Thank you.”, are considered by many as more relateable

After the election there were almost half a million posts every minute about him, this truly shows that the rest of the world was behind Obama, and unlike other politicians, he has mastered the right way to use the internet. Not Bad.

U.S. Military in Jordan

A U.S. military team have been posted to the Jordan-Syria border but Washington is denying any direct involvement in Syria.

Troops have been sent to help set up a headquarters and support the country’s military strength in the event that violence escalates along the Syrian border. Additionally, the U.S. is said to be monitoring chemical and biological weapon sites in Syria as well as helping with the flow of refugees pouring in over the border into Jordan.

Although denying involvement in the fued, with Turkey tightening and strengthening their border with artillery guns and fighter jets, it is hard to see the U.S. withstanding from involvement if the civil war spills over Syria’s borders and becomes a regional affair.