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My Exchange to Aber

Hi! I’m Eleanor. I’m on an exchange here at Aberystwyth University for two semesters. I’m from Canada; my home university is Dalhousie University, in Halifax. Dalhousie University is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. It has over 18 000 students, although they’re spread over several campuses, so it doesn’t feel that big. It’s well-regarded for… Continue reading My Exchange to Aber

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Hello again! We have now officially been a resident of Svalbard for over a month.

Hello again! We have now officially been a resident of Svalbard for over a month. After 4 weeks of meeting all our new classmates and getting back into the swing of lectures again, we’re really starting to feel at home. We have learnt a few valuable things this past month; we tested out the worlds… Continue reading Hello again! We have now officially been a resident of Svalbard for over a month.

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So, there you are.

So, there you are. The year abroad is upon you. Your documents are signed, bags packed and all that’s left is to board the plane and jet off to your new home. Admit it, you’re sitting at the airport watching the flights jump up and down on the departures board wondering why you decided to… Continue reading So, there you are.

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Life on top of the world

Hi there! Thank you for visiting our blog. Let us introduce ourselves, we are Hannah and Ebony and we’re about to embark on an adventure to the top of the world, 78 degrees North! Svalbard is the land of the polar bear, aptly nicknamed ‘polar bear alley’, where their numbers outweigh the human population. At… Continue reading Life on top of the world

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Norway…..First Impression

The realization that I was about to embark on an adventure abroad did not hit me until it was 6 am in the morning and I was standing in Birmingham, caffeine and sleep-deprived, on the day of my flight. Being an international student in Aber, I was already ‘abroad’ and now I was going to… Continue reading Norway…..First Impression

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When in Helsinki…

Dear future Erasmus student, So, you’re planning on going to Finland, yay! Good choice! You’re probably wondering why you’ve signed up to the most random year abroad country you could possibly choose. I mean it’s literally unknown to most of the world, unless you’ve watched confessions of a shopaholic, and if anyone does know about… Continue reading When in Helsinki…

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Arctic Life 78° North; aka Land of the Polar Bears

This week we spent four evenings from around 5pm until 2am at the Kjell Henriksen Observatory (KHO) as part of our fieldwork for the Upper Polar Atmosphere. The KHO is located about 15km from Longyearbyen with a number of optical and radio instrumentation used to research the middle and upper atmosphere. The first auroral station… Continue reading Arctic Life 78° North; aka Land of the Polar Bears

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Routes Lingomap: Surfing, Sightseeing or Salsa?

First things first, everything here happens later. Lunch is generally eaten at about 2-3 o’clock, businesses usually finish work around 8pm and, it’s not unusual to be invited out for dinner at half 10, only to go for a drink around 1am in the morning. Since being here I’ve got used to a more relaxed… Continue reading Routes Lingomap: Surfing, Sightseeing or Salsa?

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Arctic Life 78° North; aka Land of the Polar Bears: Journey to the Arctic body

Hei! To introduce myself, I am a student at Aberystwyth University studying Physics with Planetary and Space Physics (Bit of a mouthful I know!). At present, I have recently arrived in Longyearbyen, Svalbard for the second semester of my Masters year. It is here I will complete my physics Master’s Degree! At the University Centre… Continue reading Arctic Life 78° North; aka Land of the Polar Bears: Journey to the Arctic body