The Northern Lights shone brightly for Caitlin Ross’s time in Iceland.
Despite her initial trepidation, the Archaeology & History student, who spent a semester at the University of Iceland, developed a taste for trying new things - starting with the country’s cuisine.
“The food in Iceland is quite different from the options offered in Aberdeen but if you are going to study abroad, I think it’s important to be open to new experiences.
“I’m glad I made the effort to push myself as I discovered some amazing bakeries. I did try shark from the weekend market and wasn’t quite so convinced but I’m still glad I gave it a shot!”
Despite Covid, Caitlin found Iceland offered plenty of opportunities to be social, particularly with other exchange students.
She discovered a lively atmosphere in Gaukurinn, a Reykjavik karaoke bar and found a very different swimming experience in the region’s pools.
“Pools in Iceland are completely different to Aberdeen with hot tubs and saunas but the temperature ranges from 4 degrees to 42. It’s a experience which everyone should try at least once.”
Caitlin’s advice for anyone considering international exchange is to ‘go for it’.
“I think it is important to be open to trying anything, although your initial reaction may be wary, the end result can be amazing as you never know what will happen.
“Go for the exchange and try it as it is definitely a once in a lifetime thing as I haven’t experienced anything like it.
“Initially I was excited and then wary of what may happen but I am glad I went for it as I have met some amazing people and made great memories.”Explore the GoAbroad opportunities available to you by clicking here.