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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Just call me Mo MBA

YAY we did it - we both now officially have our MBA's through Edinburgh Business School / Herriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. It's such a quick flight up to Edinburgh (about an hour) that I felt like I barely had time to get into my book before the pilot announced we were about to land. We stayed in a little hotel near by Edinburgh University and went out that night for a steak dinner which was nice.

Murray's store which we came across on the way to dinner

Tuesday morning we got up early and got ready to head over to the auditorium to pick up our gowns. We were also given our 'hoods' which we were to hold onto all nicely folded up until the ceremony.

We did get a professional photo together as well which I really like actually -

but we won't get it for 3 weeks!

The ceremony itself was really nice - very formal & traditional which was great! We were called onto stage one by one, then we had to kneel as the President of the University tapped each of us on the head with a little square black board - hmmmm I'm still not sure why. 'Tap, I now bestow you with an MBA' I guess. Very strange. Then another guy put the hood onto over our heads - it was sort of like a cape - with a big hole that fit over your head.

This is Murray being tapped on the head while the hood guy gets ready to put it on him

I'm not entirely sure why we got hoods as we never actually wore them, they just draped down our backs - so I thought I better actually get ONE picture of me wearing my hood!

I was SO nervous about tripping up on the stage, but thankfully I made it across to receive my certificate. I'm so glad we waited and attended the ceremony together, it was a great experience. I really did feel like I learned a lot with this degree as well, and best of almost all most of the subjects were relevant and interesting. Oh - also, an 'honorary degree' was given to Ian Anderson who is the lead singer and flutist of Jethro Tull for his contribution to music. He was born in Edinburgh I guess and they moved to England when he was a few years old. It was interesting to hear a short speech about his life, and he also said a few words. He was very well spoken, and seemed genuinely chuffed to be getting this honour.

We walked around the city for a bit after the ceremony to kill time until our flight and see a bit of the city.

We were exhausted after trekking up and down hills though so we ended up buying tickets for the touristy bus rides around the city. It was really interesting actually, we learned a lot about the history of the city and got to see a lot of the sites (from the bus window at least!) It's a really grey city & very windy!!!! All the building are either grey stone or grey stone that is now black from lack of cleaning. It was refreshing though to see a city with so few modern buildings. I was interested to learn that Edinburgh Castle is 3000 years old - WOW!

After a few hours of riding around the city we ended up having a quick dinner at The Frankenstein Pub which was recommended by my aunties Joni & Jani. The food was really awful, but my 'Frankenstein' cocktail was lovely, and it was interesting to watch the Frankenstein movie while eating (kinda grossed me out actually)! Alas though the whole reason we had gone there was to see the big show - they have this Frankenstein that comes out of the wall & sits up & does something (I guess) but he didn't appear while we were there - bummer!

Oh well, after that it was a quick ride back to the airport, and a quick plane ride home.
We got back by 11:30 pm and just collapsed.

But I'm pleased that I finally have my MBA - and congrats to my husband on his MBA as well!
I'm just a bit disappointed I didn't find any crappy souvenirs with our family clan name Gunn on them - oh well - next time!

And finally, a good view of London & the river thames as we flew over last night


At 11:39 AM, Blogger andrea said...

Congrats to both of you - that is so great you have your MBAs now!

At 12:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

Congratulations to you both! Glad you celebrated with Frankenstein!

At 1:59 PM, Anonymous Suze said...

Well done on your MBAs!!

At 2:25 PM, Blogger Heather said...

Congrats! You guys look so cute :)

At 3:09 PM, Blogger Melanie said...

Hey's Melanie...I met you while visiting Heather and we jammed out to Jason Mraz together! After Heather announced her issue of people not leaving comments on her blog, I thought that I would leave you a comment since I checked out your blog! Congratulations to you and Murray on your MBA's!!! Take care and I will be sure to comment the next time I visit your site! Hope all is well!

At 5:40 PM, Blogger A Novelist said...

Congratulations on your MBA's! :)

At 3:35 AM, Blogger Andrea said...

Hi Monique,

I was referred to your blog by another blogger. I'd love you to volunteer to be a Mentor to expat women moving to London, on our new web site, For fear of yet more spam, I'm not keen to leave my email, but please visit our web site and if it sparks your interest, use the emails on the site to contact me. I'd really love you to be involved, as you run a great blog.
Thank you!! Andrea...and congrats on your MBA and graduation!

At 8:10 PM, Blogger mckay said...

what's cool is that the aerial photo of london looks just like when in the peter pan ride at disneyland.

p.s. congrats on your degree!

At 3:37 PM, Anonymous Deb Esmay said...

Dear Monique,
Dad and I are so proud of you and Murray! It was great to see the photographs of them placing the hoods and tapping you at your M.B.A. graduation. When you explained thta on the phone, I didn't quite understand it. Seems like only yesterday that we were watching you get your degreee at St. Thomas. An education is a gift and blessing that can never be taken away. It is a life long investment and something that enriches your life. Never stop learning; there is always something new to think about. Love, Mom


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