For the purpose of education and amusement, here's the story of what it took for me to get my Erasmus grant contract signed as a Finnish student at a UK university.
After yesterday's heavily feminist Six musical, I wasn't sure what to think about going to see a half-naked Theresa May the next day. However, the show did feature social commentary compatible with progressive sensibilities.
Today at the Fringe festival, I went to see the theatre play simply called ‘Brexit’, and the ‘Six’ musical that tells the story of Henry VIII’s wives. The atmosphere at the festival is socially and politically aware - much like in Edinburgh more generally -, and these two performances are a good example why.
Finland, a hard-working, down-to-earth and honest country, had its long-distance runners like Hannes Kolehmainen and Paavo Nurmi. What could better embody those values than long-distance running? Who or what could be Scotland’s ambassadors to the world?
I had been wanting to go to a proper trance/hardstyle party like this for a while - when you go out with classmates, you never end up in a place that plays this kind of music. In light of that, the festival was definitely worth seeing. In fact, it was the first real festival I had been to.
As I was listening to the history of William Wallace, I couldn’t help but think that most countries would probably have a similar gruesome story in their distant pasts. Maybe it’s not about who has the best story, but about who tells it the best.