Living Abroad, Scotland

Culture Shock

Once returning from England I started to settle into my new routine of  job hunting, the occasional evening golf session and my horrible driving lessons that usually end in a few choice words and minor tantrums. Scott says we will laugh about it some day, but all I want to do is drive into whatever body of water is nearby so I can sink the car and figure out how to get a damn automatic! Then magically widen the roads and convert the UK to drive on the right side of the road.

So all in all I’m awesome at being Scottish.

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There’s that body of water I was looking for. Honestly, you can’t beat these views.

I have, however, figured out one place that makes me feel a little bit at home, and that I’m sorry to say, is Starbucks. Yes, the over-indulgent coffee chain store that you can find on every corner, somehow makes me feel cozy. Despite the fact that I don’t drink coffee and really don’t need some 5 pound muffin with ingredients in it that I can’t pronounce. But it’s familiar, has free wifi and the occasional nice barista. The other day I was trying to figure out which coin to use to pay for an orange juice and the barista sweetly said, in her American accent, it’s the one that looks like a nickel but is actually 20 pence. She said it took her a few months to get use to it and to hang in there. I wanted to to leap over the counter, hug her and ask her to be my new best friend! But instead I smiled and tried to avoid eye contact with the not so amused line behind me.

In addition to my new found love for Starbucks I have also come familiar with the St. Andrews University gym. With the kids out (wow, how old am I?), I mean the students gone for the summer, it’s pretty quiet and inexpensive. It’s also about the size and quality of a Gold’s Gym. Not that there is anything wrong with a Gold’s Gym, but having been spoiled with the Leach Center on FSU’s campus, I was bit taken aback. For those of you who didn’t go to FSU ( first of all, I’m sorry for your sad college experience), this is a 3 story building that is filled with the latest workout equipment including basketball courts, indoor swimming pool and track. And that isn’t even for the athletes, just the students. Anyway, I keep forgetting that college athletics doesn’t exist in the same way over here and that I’m not going to run into a 80,000 capacity stadium with National Championship banners waving in the wind! I know you are all surprised I somehow sneaked in a way to speak about FSU football. And on that note we might as well take a peak at a 2015 Football Hype video  🙂

Doesn’t that just get you in the spirit! >>—>—>

In the meantime, I have 24/7 golf to watch. Yep, who watched the US Open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday?? Anyone? I did! I have married into a golf-loving family. So much so that you tend to trip on a golf ball in the living room of my in-laws, because they are there for putting practice. Never want to miss out on a chance to better your technique. 🙂

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Honestly, I do hope to learn one day. I’m just not very good at being bad at something and having to struggle so much. I will admit it! And there are several things I’m having to learn here. Things that you learned when you were a kid and now suddenly have completely changed. Besides driving, there is the time and temperature. The 24 hour clock is a fun math challenge I get to quiz myself with everyday. And thank goodness for my weather app still in Fahrenheit, otherwise I would have no idea what 15 degrees means without bundling up and getting ready for snowfall.

Gotta go now and have my 5th cup of tea today. 🙂 It does help keep me warm though in this not so desirable “summer” weather. I also get some extra use out of my coats and scarves in the middle of June. And those fuzzy slippers I didn’t think I would see until Fall, haha think again!

2 thoughts on “Culture Shock

  1. I loved London Starbucks for those same reasons. And believe me even if you’re not a coffee drinker, come the fall when you’re starting feel pretty homesick, the smells of spiced pumpkin lattes will be very welcomed indeed 🙂

  2. Well, I have to admit I couldn’t bring myself to devote 5:55 minutes of my life watching that entire video. The first minute was enough to bring back memories of the films of Leni Riefenstahl (and THAT’S what I learned at FSU – look it up!). I must say that 5 cups of tea per day sounds about right to me, although the quality in the British Isles is, I’m sure, highly superior to what the U.S. has to offer. 🙂

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