Living Abroad

New country, new rules

It’s been one week since I arrived in Scotland, with only about 2 hours of sleep and 5 pieces of luggage. I left a city I love, along with so many family and friends I adore. I have been very lucky though, because everyone has been extremely supportive about this move. With that in mind, I thought I would start this blog to share my adventures in this new land with everyone.

I start this first post as I am traveling from St. Andrews to Glasgow on my way to an interview. I’m on a bus with wifi and as many of you know, I hate buses. Really hate them. BUT this is surprisingly comfortable and unlike so many buses in the US, the wifi actually works and makes this less painful.

I can’t believe just a week ago I was going for a swim in Annapolis, MD where the weather was about 90 and I was soaking up the last bit of scorching sun. Fast forward to Edinburgh (after a quick outfit change) and 50 degree weather, where Scott greeted me at baggage claim. I was thrilled he was the first person to greet me in the UK! Ok, well the customs and security people in Heathrow were quite lovely, too. Especially after I enquired why all my face cream must be thrown out. I mentioned how amazing it was I could make it across the ocean with it, but from London to Edinburgh wasn’t allowed. The security woman replied, “New country, new rules!”. Thanks very much lady.

Monday, June 1- yes I’m going to still write dates this way!

This day was filled with exhaustion and excitement. Scott surprised me with a new phone and new number immediately. Thanks hubs! One less stop to make that day, in order for me to feel somewhat like a real person. We went into town and picked up new face creams and tried about 4 banks to get me set up with an account. However, one week later, and that is still an issue. Basically, I’m 16 again with no credit or identity.

But the next couple of days I started to explore St. Andrews and my new home for now.

Basic Facts About St. Andrews:

– About 16,000 population (with students, since its summer probably 100 people live here right now)

– Home of Golf (so MUCH freaking golf and soon to be a lot more with The Open Championship coming next month)

– Where Will and Kate met (this is obviously the most important)

-It’s on the coast and beautiful! The header image is of the West Sands beach. Most commonly known as the beach where Chariots of Fire was filmed. You are welcome for now getting that theme song in your head. It’s less commonly known as the exact spot where Scott proposed to me!

Some shots of the city centre in St. A.



The rest of the week was filled with driving lessons (EEEK!!) imagine Cameron Diaz in the Holiday driving down the narrow road screaming “Please don’t hit me!”, that’s basically me every time. And let’s not forget, the left side of the road is one thing, but I’m also learning how to drive on roads the size of sidewalks and manual at the same time. There are also sheep randomly jumping out in front of me. Let’s just say I’m not a natural and it’s going to take some practice.

Anyway, this is just the beginning and thanks for reading. I hope this will be a way I can share with everyone what’s going on here in Scotland!

0 thoughts on “New country, new rules

  1. Ashley I was laughing out loud reading this! I can only imagine your face when that security lady said that. You should have said “thank you for managing my expectations.” Haha so excited to follow along this adventure with you! Also…maybe you shouldn’t try to drive there. I was getting flashbacks of Operation Cherry Pie and so I can’t even imagine you on the other side of the road. 🙂 BE CAREFUL!!!

    1. Haha!! Those damn one-ways and stupid diagonal streets 😉 we survived though!! And yes I should have said that!! Instead I tried my hardest not to fight the lady and get kicked out of the country on the first day 🙂

  2. Love this, Lady! Also can you confirm whether that’s the fountain from like the first episode of Outlander when there still in 1940s Scotland? You are officially in the land of my dreams! 😉

    1. Haha I just started watching that as well! In love! But no, in the first episode they are in Inverness, well supposedly. They actually filmed in Fife in a town called Falkland, not far from St. Andrews 🙂 Yes, I’m basically an expert now. You’re welcome.

  3. This is perfect!! Sounds just like you, made me laugh and cry! Looking forward to many more of these wonderful posts!!

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