It’s been three years. Three years since I moved from this…
In honor of this anniversary, I have decided to share the highs and lows, the peaks and valleys, the pros and cons of being an American Expat in Scotland!
PRO: The beautiful history and architecture of Edinburgh never gets old!
CON: Modern conveniences like tumble dryers, garbage disposals and crispy bacon are scarce.
PRO: 2 hour flights to Paris, haha I live 2 hours from Paris! (Obviously said in a taunting tone).
CON: Paris is expensive and I have been twice in the last 6 months, oops.
PRO: Skin cancer isn’t really an issue here.
CON: But my white a** legs are.
PRO: CASTLES!!! And not having to wake up at 4am to watch the royal wedding.
CON: Horrible reminder that I am still not a princess 🙁
PRO: New family and friends teaching me weird words like rubber. Nope, it’s not what you think it means.
CON: My family and friends back home 🙁 Miss those crazy people.
PRO: Booze. A pint, a dram, a gin, etc. it’s all good here!
CON: So much tea! Warm flavored water is like crack to these people. But to be fair you can usually get booze along with your tea! Thank goodness.
PRO: The chocolate. Hershey, should really be embarrassed.
CON: Is there a shortage of ice in this country? What’s the deal? My diet coke NEEDS ICE, PEOPLE!
PRO: Holiday allowance, otherwise known as Vacay time! I can go on a holiday for a few weeks and still have my job when I get back. Crazy.
CON: My whole paycheck goes towards travel!
PRO: Some people think it’s great I am from America and that I have a “cool accent”.
CON: Others call me a yank. Which I HATE. Not only because of the geographical ignorance, given I’m from Florida and not New England, but also because this term is never used affectionately. Yea, I still have not let this go.
PRO: Stalking Outlander film locations and Sam Heughan.
CON: The disappointment of still not meeting Sam Heughan.
PRO: Still getting to vote even when I live overseas.
CON: Being asked about politics and that man I would rather not mention. I’m sorry I can’t speak for all Americans and their voting decisions, I don’t get it either.
PRO: Rugby players.
CON: No American football 🙁
PRO: Scotland’s national animal is a unicorn!
CON: Scotland’s national animal is a unicorn?
PRO: Hangover food is the real deal. Bacon or sausage on a giant roll drenched in ketchup.
CON: There aren’t any drive-thrus, so I have to make a public appearance in my pjs to pick up my food.
PRO: Everyone is genuinely friendly.
CON: Except customer service isn’t a thing b/c they don’t believe in tips. I really miss paying people to do things for me.
I just came back from a week in the states and visited Florida. For the first time in my life, I muttered the words “Florida may be too hot.” Aaahhh what is Scotland doing to me?!