Welcome to Thoughts and Thistles!

August 21, 2021

In just two weeks, I embark for a semester abroad at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland! I am so excited to study at such an excellent university and to experience life in Scotland. I am also excited to share my experiences with friends and family in the US, and to this end I will be posting on my blog Thoughts and Thistles throughout the semester.

Here you will find updates on my adventures in Scotland, reflections on my studies and life abroad, and photos of cool Scottish things. I hope to post at least once a week, probably early in the week so I can report on weekend excursions.

As I prepare to go abroad, I would greatly appreciate your prayers, especially for the following:

  • For safe travel from the US to Scotland

  • For easy entry into the UK

  • For good health and protection from COVID-19

  • That I would make good friends at the University

  • That my studies would be interesting and fruitful

I can't wait to share my semester with you!

-Ellen


P.S.

While we wait for my departure, get excited by watching the video of drone footage from St. Andrews. And, since every great trip needs a great playlist, I made one for you to enjoy here.