In the Land of Lads and Lassies

Traveling to a unknown and new place is always nerve-wracking, especially when that country is 1,000+ miles away from home. Coming to a new country has my emotions working overtime: trying to adjust to the time zone, finding my way around a foreign city and not get lost, make new friends, and getting use to the whole driving on the opposite side of the road thing. I’ve almost gotten hit more times than I’d like to admit.

Traveling is stressful in itself, but when you’re alone and only 20 years old, let’s just say the stress levels are through the roof. At least people in the UK speak English, even though some accents are insanely challenging to understand and I find myself just nodding and agreeing with whatever the speaker is saying. Half the time I bet my answers don’t even make sense.

On top of getting used to the city and different culture, I also have class that I have to attend. Classes are different here than the US. Here you go to a lecture and a practical/tutorial once a week for 1-5 hours, instead of having a Monday/Wednesday/Friday and Tuesday/Thursday schedule.

As much as I am loving Scotland, there are a few things that I miss from the US and they are: driving, my family, having unlimited hot water, my comfortable full size bed, my phone, all the clothes that I wasn’t able to bring, and my friends.

I’d like to think that I am starting to blend and not look like I have no idea what I’m doing. I just hope I don’t scream “AMERICAN.” 


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