How have you been? Have you done anything nice lately? Has the rainy
Last weekend I went to Edinburgh with my sister. Edinburgh is in Scotland,
and the atmosphere there, I think, is so different and special. Whilst
walking through the steep winding cobbled streets of Edinburgh and seeing
beautiful, traditional landmarks is like stepping back into the past, there
is also a modern, progressive, and energetic feel to the city too. In
particular, there are plenty of bright and cheerful independent shops and
art galleries as well as the big national museums where you can brush up on
history, geography, and learn about other cultures. Learning about
Tibetian prayer wheels was of interest to me as we don't have anything
similar in British culture.
There is also a vast array of food to choose from in
Edinburgh: traditionally roasted British meat especially caught my eye, but
I was pleased to be able to eat authentic Japanese food too.
Please have a look at my pictures so you too can get a feel of Edinburgh.
Actually, the purpose of my trip was to take a Japanese proficiency exam.
It is held all over the world in July and August every year, but there are
only two places we can take the exam in the UK. Those places are London
and Edinburgh. The exam was extremely demanding, but it was something good
to challenge because I learnt a lot of new grammar and vocabulary. Whether
I pass or fail the exam, I can feel my Japanese ability has improved
because I studied for the exam. I noticed that seeing ourselves improve is
something that can bring us satisfaction and a sense of achievement: I got
excited when I read the greeting in the menu in the Japanese restaurant in
Edinburgh and understood grammar that I'd studied recently! A positive
side effect of studying towards an exam is that it enables us to become
aware of our own progress, achievement, and growth.
Is there anything you've done recently that has brought you satisfaction or
a sense of achievement? If so, I'd love to hear about it...
I hope you're all well and will look forward to next time.
Best wishes, from Corrina. ☺️