10 Things I Love About Scotland (And 10 Things I Hate)

Okay, so this is a post I've been working on for a while, and it's a difficult thing because when you're from one country but live in another you just can't help but to compare the two. I choose to live in Scotland for a million different reasons, and I feel very at home here after almost four years of permanent residency but at the same time, I'm always going to be Norwegian at heart because my family live in Norway and I grew up there so I have some inherent Norwegian beliefs and values that I find it very hard to let go of. Anyway, my relationship with Scotland has been a very significant part of my most important years, so here are some reasons why I love and hate Scotland, sarcasm included.

Ten things I love about Scotland

1 ❤ The people. I love the fact that strangers talk to each other and the general politeness of the average Scotsman. They pay you a compliment when one is due (and sometimes when it's not), they hold doors open and they buy you a drink if you look a bit sad haha.

The pub culture. Contrary to Scandinavian belief, this has nothing to do with the fact that all Scottish people are drunkards (although that's not entirely untrue). It's just that Scottish people are super duper over friendly and they genuinely like other people, unlike a lot of people from my darling home country. In addition, "pub grub" (food that is made in a pub, and which generally doesn't meet the hygiene standards of any sane person) is also very popular. This has a couple of reasons. Primarily, pubs in Scotland, unlike Norway, don't skin you alive for a pint and a burger. Secondly, Scotland has pubs a-plenty so there's always a new place to try out, a pub quiz to go to or an open mic night to attend. Finally, they just don't have the same home-culture that us Northerners are accustomed to which means that the average Scotsman's home is not kitted out for having like 20 of your closest friends and family over every weekend.

3The nature. I have taken advantage of this much more in my recent year of living in Scotland. Scotland is a pretty small country which means pretty much everything is within driving distance. Scotland has pretty beaches, cosy islands, challenging hikes, beautiful waterfalls and (sometimes) very good skiing.

4The shopping. Scotland, like many other UK destinations, is full of high end, high street and vintage shopping options. What's more, you can often get a bargain for a fraction of what I would have to pay in Norway, and it's a lot easier to have a customised style because the options are so many.

5The architechture. I go to The University of Glasgow, and live in Stirling. What more can I say than: I love a good view.

6The gentlemen. Not just because my boyfriend is Scottish but generally speaking, I find Scottish men to be much more polite to girls. Or at least girls they find attactive. While I'm all for equality, my knees go weak when a door is held open for me or my coat held up for me, and this is a virtue which I find is seriously neglected by my fellow Scandinavians of the opposite sex.

7There is a little bit less of that jealousy thing going on. Anyone who is originally from a Scandinavian country will know what I'm talking about. Got a new job? Let people know but don't celebrate or talk about it. In Scotland, I find that people are genuinely happy for me when I achieve my goals or when something unexpectedly nice happens to me. And, well, that's just nice, isn't it!

8The language and accent(s). I have always had a love for English, andwith a Scottish accent it's to die for. I also truely enjoy listening to people with different Scottish accents - it's either very charming or a very good laugh!

The Scottish sense of humour. I could use a million pictures to illustrate this but I just had to choose this one. It pretty much accurately illustrates how much the average Scotsman appreciates a good joke.

10There is always something to do.As you can probably tell from my previous favourite things about Scotland, I love to do stuff. Just stuff. Whether it's being outside, going out with friends, shopping or looking at pretty things, I'm never bored in this country.

10 things I hate about Scotland

1 </3 The weather.
Yes I'm from Norway so I'm used to cold weather. What I'm not used to is gale winds which blow you over while the rain soakes you to the bone all day every day. At least in Norway you can ski!

2 </3 The logistics. Scottish people are good at queuing. They are patient. They "banter" while they wait. I, on the other hand, just want my bus/train/food etc. to arrive on time. And if it doesn't, I want a damn good excuse, not just "sorry for the inconvenience". WHY, you bastards, WHY? *exhales*

3 </3 Violence and football. And religion. You both love to watch 22 men chase a ball, and you both love Jesus even though you probably haven't been to church since your nan died in 1993. Now settle down.

4 </3 The local cuisine. Scottish food can be atrocious. Plus they love to deep fry everything (even mars bars). Good luck finding something on a Scottish pub menu that's under 1500 calories and won't instantly make your heart very, very sad. Scottish food also often contains ingredients I don't trust. Yes, haggis, I'm looking at you.

5 </3 Antisocial behaviour and neds (non-educated delinquents) This strange species usually run in packs and their main goal is to intimidate as many people as possible without getting locked up. And that's just their behaviour. They also like to wear pyjama-like attire that makes them look like giant, threatenin babies (see: tracksuits) in public, and that's just never acceptable. Ever.

6 </3 This guy that makes me doubt the legitimacy of all of Scottish politics.

7 </3 Poverty, inequality and social problems.
It just makes me sad that a country with so many lovely people and such a rich history has so many awful neighbourhoods and so much poverty, especially among children.

8 </3 High rise flats. Most big cities have them but the Glaswegian ones take the cake. They also throw a veil over an otherwise amazing architechture.

9 </3 The weather. Just mentioning it again.

10 </3 I'm sure this is true for anyone who lives in a foreign country but while these things I "hate" about Scotland are mostly said jokingly, I find it the most tough that I'm so far away from my family. I also have to admit that sometimes, when you live in a different country from the one you were born and raised in, it doesn't matter how much I love Scotland because it's just not Norway. Sorry Scotland, it's not your fault!

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11.03.2014 kl.17:25

du tar s fine bilder, jeg blir imponert!

Hadde blitt glad om du tok turen innom min blogg og <3

12.03.2014 kl.11:10

Flott Ingrid, n kjenner jeg igjen deg! Klem fra mormor.

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