Living Abroad, Scotland


I am literally scared of my own shadow and did any of you read “The Great Outdoors”? I’m not exactly an outdoorsy type of girl. So I obviously don’t mean bambi hunting, but job hunting.

My day consists of stalking recruitment firms in hope they will give in and meet me, so they can be won over by my incredible wit and charm.

So far not many have been so lucky to experience it. But new country, new network I suppose. I forget sometimes I lived in DC for so long and getting a job there was a little different. But I’m learning the Scots slowly, but surely.

Some tips for interviewing over here:

1. When they ask you where do you see yourself in the next 5 years, don’t laugh and blurt out, “I have no idea. You think moving to Scotland was part of my 5 year plan?”

2. When they ask you about your interests and you say football, most assume you mean Beckham and not Bowden. But I refuse to say American football. I’m American and I just said football, you can put it together.

3. When they ask how you feel about the weather, try your best to smile and say you’re totally cool with the fact that it’s 40 degrees colder here than back home. Nothing beats a chilly summer day.

4. When they ask what your weakness is and you say you are a perfectionist and like to do everything yourself, all you are doing is furthering the world’s perception of demanding and controlling Americans. Sorry, not sorry.

All in all, it’s been a fun. ok that’s not true, but it’s certainly been an interesting experience! I’m not really good at not doing anything and my Type A, obsessive, planner personality leads to a bit of crazy when I’m not working. Lucky Scott.


Speaking of hunting, the other day I was at the gym and came across this.



Whilst we’re shooting

I’m going to be honest my curiosity almost got the best of me and I was going to try to figure out a way to get through that cast iron rope. And then on my walk back home I came across some men fencing in a field. I know I have moved to Scotland, but I had no idea I also moved to the 1600s.

2 thoughts on “Hunting

  1. Love reading these and a little sad we can’t share a glass of wine and howl (bawl?) together. Love and miss you! Karen

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