Some are unavoidable, while others are unique to particular regions, but the cultural peculiarities of a place lend it a distinct flavor. Not to mention attraction! Moreover, it is only a matter of time until these become second nature. From weekly fish suppers to stepping out for “just a wee while,” here are 13 habits you can’t help but adopt if you reside in Scotland.
Using the word “wee” numerous times per day
Whether they are taking a wee stroll through the park, enjoying a cheeky wee tipple, or searching for cool documentaries to watch, the Scots have an affinity for the word ‘wee’.
There is something undeniably soothing about the word ‘aye,’ particularly when spoken with a Scottish accent. In addition, you know you’ve been in Scotland for a while when you say “aye, that would be great pal, cheers.” Just you wait.
Taking absolute advantage of yourself!
Without a doubt, Scots in general possess this trait when it comes to humor. Much of their incredibly witty banter is due to their ability as a culture to make fun of themselves. This self-deprecating trait is an integral part of Scottish culture.
Using Irn-Bru as a cure for many of life’s ills.
Billy Connolly endorsed Irn-Bru as a hangover cure, so every Scot knows that Irn-Bru is an effective hangover remedy. With every sip, sluggish feelings of self-pity and last night’s shocking dance moves vanish into thin air. Irn-Bru is the most popular soft drink and another national beverage of Scotland for a reason. Yes, we also use it as a mixer. Phenomenal.
Calling New Year’s Eve Hogmanay
You do not need to be a native Scot to know that New Year’s Eve in Scotland is known as Hogmanay. Speaking of which, once you experience a Scottish Hogmanay celebration, you will never return. The excitement is unparalleled, and you’ll be first-footing it with the rest of the crowd.
Genuinely relishing a lively discussion about the weather
Scotland, a region renowned for its erratic weather, experiences fragments of all four seasons on a daily basis. Whether pure baltic or infused with sunbeams, weather chatter (to anyone with an ear) is a common occurrence. When you start referring to the day as “dreich,” you know you have a soft spot for Scotland.
Acknowledging that the sound of bagpipes gives you the chills
The bagpipes’ otherworldly and life-affirming sound is Scotland. That applies to Scots, of course! Otherwise, the distinct tones may be misinterpreted as being obnoxious and shrill. It may grind your gears upon arrival, but a nostalgic mood and a lone bagpiper are sufficient to change your mind.
Having a craving for fast food at least once per week
A proper fish dinner from the local fish and chip shop is a taste of heaven. The chips are perfect and the fish is crisp and wonderfully flaky, like eating a cloud. When you begin to defend the battered Mars Bar and deep-fried pizza to non-Scots, you know you’ve arrived!
Mastering the technique of layering
In Scotland, knowing how to layer properly is an art form. Wearing a puffy skiing jacket and attempting to ski aggressively is futile due to the unbearably hot sweats that result from even the slightest movement. Once mastered, perfect layering is as permanent as the ability to ride a bicycle.
You have a craving for Tunnock’s Teacakes with your “wee cup of tea.”
Stopping for a wee cup of tea multiple times a day (and not thinking anything of it) is a daily rite of passage in Scotland, whether with an unexpected guest, friendly neighbor, or best friend. And what complements tea? These are Tunnock’s Teacakes. Yes, you guessed correctly; these delightfully addictive chocolate marshmallow treats were born in Scotland.
Disowning anyone who mixes whisky with any other beverage
Just don’t. Unbeknownst to most, not all Scots consume whisky as if it were water. However, when we do, we never combine it with anything other than itself. That is shocking behavior.
Making small talk with everyone and anyone
When waiting for a bus, strolling down the street on the way to the pub, or eating at a fast food restaurant, you get the idea. The Scots could care less about social graces and the socially constructed status quo. You are officially an honorary Scot when you are accustomed to making small jokes to the person in line next to you or standing your ground if they have the audacity to cut in front of you.
Taking countless selfies with the Scottish landscape because it is so enchanting.
“I will never be that individual. They said, “That shameless serial selfie-taker.” Transfer to Scotland. Take an absurd number of selfies with the scenery. Whether a tourist or a local, the magic never fades!
Topic: 13 Habits You Can’t Help Picking Up Living in Scotland
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