I’ve lived in Edinburgh for ten years and have never ceased discovering new things to adapt to. It never became monotonous, and living in Scotland was truly remarkable. It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. It is also strange, funny, dark, and wet, but never dull.
I am writing this post with a great deal of compassion and affection for Scotland and its people, so I hope that everyone will find it amusing.
There are no foods that cannot be deep-fried.
From the most obvious to the least obvious foods, Scots can deep-fry virtually everything. Do you fancy a deep-fried desert? No problem. In Scotland, deep-fried Mars bars with a crispy batter coating are available for consumption.
Planning a weather-appropriate ensemble is impossible.
You awaken in the morning, look out a window, and observe a bright blue sky. You wear your best shoes and a flattering dress, and you just manage to lock the doors behind you as a torrential downpour and strong wind prevent you from walking. You decide to return home, put on a winter coat and wellington boots, only to realize ten minutes later that the sun is so hot that you must remove half of your clothing lest you overheat. True account One hundred times repeated and rehearsed.
There are month-long festivals.
Technically not a single festival, but rather a series of festivals that span several months. In August, just after the carnival in Rio, Edinburgh hosts one of the largest parties, and despite the fact that the locals eventually tire of the crowds, I never grew tired of it. Whatever you can imagine, you receive. From classical music to a book festival to a film festival with Sean Connery as a special guest. During the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, amateur performers from all over the world perform on the city’s historic streets and in every bar imaginable.
Edinburgh is a haunted city.
Edinburgh can be a somewhat spooky location. With its dark history, haunted cemeteries, and foggy evenings, the underground city can give you the chills, especially if you join one of the night ghost tours and hear some dark tales from the past. Although the damp, chilly air can be quite unpleasant, it has a certain allure. Fog floats lightly over the lawns and streets, adding a touch of mystique.
Locals adore tourists who believe all the local legends.
Yep! That occurs. Many tourists will believe fictitious tales of terrifying ghosts or passionate affairs, so long as they are interesting. We’ve all been there, haven’t we?
English proficiency does not guarantee effective communication
Literally! The Scottish accent is quite distinctive, not to mention the exclusive vocabulary. Not to make your life any easier, but you may need translation assistance once you arrive in Leith. Even outside of the city, you may encounter a completely different slang; therefore, it is not easy to communicate in Scotland. Certainly amusing, but not simple.
Cultural events and art do not need to be costly.
The majority of museums and exhibits are free. There are also many free or low-cost cultural events and performances available. This was my favorite advantage of living in Scotland. It is truly remarkable, wouldn’t you agree? Culture should not be exclusive to the wealthy. It also provides you with numerous ideas on a rainy day.
You can never have enough of the scenery.
For so many years, I kept falling in love with this beautiful country. From the quaint villages to the vibrant city of Edinburgh to the verdant Highlands, Scotland is a visual feast.
You cannot make football jokes.
In Scotland, football is a serious matter, especially in Edinburgh, which has two teams, and when they play, the entire city becomes quite competitive. You had better not make jokes about either team, lest you receive serious looks.
Vinegar is a must
I once attempted, but never again. Not a fan of fries with vinegar, but the Scots can’t seem to eat them without it.
The modern definition of juice
Have you ever tried canned orange juice? No? Scotland allows it. However, there is one small detail: Fanta, Irn-Bru, and other carbonated beverages are commonly referred to as juice. Fresh orange juice proudly emerges from a carton. How then shall we refer to freshly squeezed orange juice? Extremely fresh juice?
You will never lack castles.
Scotland is a castle-filled country. From the most famous Edinburgh castle to an innumerable number of equally magnificent castles throughout the entirety of Scotland. Some of them will make you feel as though you are in a fairy tale. If you believe I am exaggerating, you should observe the situation for yourself.
A sunny day calls for sandals and shorts.
Scots do not appear to experience any cold. There are people wearing T-shirts throughout the year. As soon as the sky partially clears and a few sun rays are barely visible, the Scots store their winter clothing in the attic… It makes no difference that it is only 10 degrees Celsius outside. I recall many freezing (but sunny) winter days when I wore my warmest coat, gloves, a hat, and a scarf while others wore sandals and tops. Certainly, this made me feel even colder.
The best fireworks display takes place in Edinburgh.
The large fireworks displays actually occur twice a year in Edinburgh. My favorite, however, is the one that concludes the Fringe Festival at the start of September. Hogmanay is the other event that attracts so many visitors to the city. Both are fired over the city’s central castle accompanied by music. If you want an excellent seat with a view, you should go to Calton Hill, but you should arrive early because others will have the same idea.
Developing a queue at the bus stop
What a pleasant surprise it was when I first arrived in Edinburgh and saw people patiently waiting at the bus stop and entering the bus without rushing or pushing. The only disagreements you can observe then are those in which people wish to allow others to pass before them.
Wee is not an embarrassing word.
It signifies “small.” My opinion is that it is overused: “Let’s have a wee coffee”, “Would you like to join me for a wee walk? “, “Look at this wee girl!” No matter the topic of a conversation, the word “wee” can be used in a sentence.
The weather is an essential topic of discussion.
I’ve been to locations where people almost never discussed the weather. It is almost always the first topic of conversation with a stranger in Scotland.
People take maximum advantage of sunny days.
As previously stated, a little bit of sun means beach attire, and the Scots do not care that it is still cold outside. They search for any location to sunbathe. Walking the streets of the city, you can see people sitting in their underwear on roofs or third-floor windows. On sunny days, any location is suitable for sunbathing, and the Scots use their imagination to the fullest extent.
Some common rules and practices are difficult to adopt.
Such as two taps for example. One can freeze your hands, while the other can burn you with boiling water. Why have they not adapted to the rest of the world regarding this basic necessity? Never will I know!
If you paid attention in school and learned the out-of-date measurements, you are safe. If not, you should quickly learn what a foot is and how much a pound weighs.
Debate: Edinburgh versus Glasgow
You hear a never-ending argument about which city is superior. Glasgow is constantly in competition with artistic and charming Edinburgh. I had the opportunity to experience both, and I can say unequivocally that Edinburgh is superior. If you believe that nothing is superior to Edinburgh, you should refrain from expressing this sentiment in Glasgow, as not everyone will share your admiration for the Scottish capital.
Topic: 20 THINGS I LEARNED FROM LIVING IN SCOTLAND
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