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
Mexico holds its own when it comes to celebrations and festivals, standing first in line when wanting to have a good time. It is part of the culture to participate in literally every celebration, from the most particular ones, like the Mexican Independence Day, to the ones that are common worldwide, like Christmas. When asked what’s a… Continue reading Routes Lingomap: Celebrating in Mexico
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
After 6 months spent in Celaya, the food has definitely become one of my favourites things here in Mexico. The food reflects Mexico and its culture perfectly: eclectic and fun. But the big important question is: what makes Mexican food special? When asking this question to people that have been here quite a while, they… Continue reading Routes Lingomap: ¡Buen Provecho!
It is not an overstatement if I say that my Year Abroad was literally the best year of my life. I hadn’t thought of it in that way, until I returned to my home University and had some time to reflect on my experience. In fact, currently I am working in the International Office in… Continue reading Google Failed Me….!
Far have I travelled into the unknown, your average Welshman performing his own version of an idiot abroad – having previously never spent more than 2 weeks in succession in a foreign country and neither ever travelling further north than Leeds. A month ago I came here, to the northernmost university in the world, to… Continue reading There and back again: A Norwegian tale.
Make use of Student Societies – it is not only a perfect opportunity to develop your hobbies and passions but also meet new people and socialise! You will never have more free time than on your 1st year so make the best of it and do some great stuff. Know your bank balance – at… Continue reading Things I wish I knew when Arriving to Aber…
Hello from Australia 🙂 It has almost been two months since I arrived in Australia and it has definitely gone by F-A-S-T. Even though I’m currently buried under piles of books and assignments, let me tell you that I’m having the time of my life over here. I’m really excited to say that I’ve… Continue reading What Have I Been Up To??
Hello everyone! My name is Lydia, you may have seen my posts on this blog before but let me just spoil the illusion a little. These posts were written during my own year abroad which was about 2 years ago and right now I am in fact working for the International Office here at Aberystwyth… Continue reading Hello From the Other Side
Today is Thursday and it’s already the end of my working week. Nope, I haven’t quit or been fired, apparently that’s just how it works so I’m now in the not unpleasant situation of having 6 days off! The law in France states that an adult can work a maximum of 35 hours per week… Continue reading A (half)week of children and language barriers