Scotland’s Big Decision

To leave the UK or to stay, that is the question on the minds of the Scots. Will we be better off as a independent county or will we fall apart? Can we stand on our own two feet? Will we survive without England? Those are a few questions you’d find yourself asking if you are a Scottish citizen in 2014.

You’d think that people in Scotland would want to be independent but as it turns out, a lot of Scots want to stay part of the UK. This really surprises me. Maybe it’s because I am from the US and being free/independent is what I’ve grown up with. England is nothing like a dictatorship towards Scotland, Scotland does make their own decisions involving education and health care. So maybe staying part of the UK is the best choice.

If Scotland did end up leaving, could the country survive without the help from England or would they crumble under the pressure?  Does Scotland have enough resources to keep the country going strong or would it only be a matter of time before they would go running back to England? It’s hard to say what the future would hold for Scotland if they did receive their independence.

Don’t get me wrong, Scotland might become a great country on it’s own and be just fine. Really , it could go any way and there is always that fear of the unknown and the what ifs with every huge life -altering decision. But you have to risk the bad to see if the good will follow.

Patriotism also plays a role in the Scottish Referendum. Obviously there are people in every country that feel proud to be what they are and this applies to Scotland. I’m sure some people want to be independent just because they can be.

It’s hard to form an opinion on whether or not Scotland should stay or leave the UK because I have only been here for 3 weeks. A few Scots that I have talked to are leaning more towards voting no and staying part of the UK. Maybe it’s because all their lives they have lived with British influence and couldn’t think of any other way of living. Or because they don’t think Scotland can survive alone.

I guess the only thing to do now is wait for the vote and see what Scots choose to do. Take a risk and become independent or play it safe and stay in the UK.

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.”