Welcome to Scotland!

I have lived in four corners of the UK; South East England (London), South West Scotland, North East Scotland and now South West England. Having spent the majority of my life living in Scotland  (15 years versus 9), I think I am better placed to write about this country than about anywhere else in the world.

During my 15 years in Scotland, although mainly during the 6 I spent in Aberdeen, I explored a fair amount of the country including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, much of Ayrshire, St. Andrews…
I have also experienced the differences between people from all over Scotland, from the blunt friendliness of Glaswegians (weegies), the distinctive Doric of Aberdonians, to the insistence of all people from Fife that it is a Kingdom.
I can also recognise the things in Scotland that I love and that make me very proud, yet I am aware of sides of the country that I am not particularly fond of and do not miss.

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                                                            Not my idea of modern Scotland.                                                              (www.studyacrossthepond.com)

In my opinion, Scotland can be its stereotypes, mountains, lochs, tartan kilts and celidhs, but it is also a lot more.
In this series I want to show my Scotland, the vibrant cities, seaside towns, the varied culture, not just the Scotland of the Movies.

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This is more like the Scotland I know. Can you guess the city? (www.flickr.com/photos/brian1875/4584869379)

I plan for this series to be a real mix of things. One week I might recommend my favourite restaurants in a certain city, or spill the secret on my favourite Aberdeen beauty spots, or maybe offer up some tips on Scottish etiquette…

Since these blogs are all going to be different, if there is anything about Scotland you might like me to write about, I would love if you could let me know and I will see what I can do!

I’m really excited to share some of my favourite things about Scotland, and I hope you enjoy it too.

J 🙂

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