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have been surprised to learn that when I meet people for the first time, no matter where they are from, I will always be confronted with the same questions. So, in order to pre-empt these questions I will be providing my usual answers to these perplexing issues here:
Are you from Edinburgh?
No. I know that Edinburgh is our capital city. I know that it is probably the only city that anyone knows in Scotland (except maybe Glasgow.) But, no – I am not from Edinburgh. Actually, I am from Aberdeen which is the third biggest city in Scotland. It is known as the silver city because all of the buildings in the city centre are made from granite and it the sun ever shone there it might be quite pretty.
You’re Scottish? Really? But I can understand you!?
Not all Scottish people sound and/or look like Rab C Nesbitt. However, yes, I have a minimal accent and, no, I don’t know why. Perhaps years of studying for an English degree and a mother who ensured I always pronounced my ‘t’s’ helped.
What do Scottish people eat? or Have you ever eaten a deep fried Mars bar?
Sadly, Scottish people tend to eat anything that is deep fried or made of potato which is a shame because there is actually a fabulous new wave of Scottish cuisine. One of the “traditional” foods of Scotland is of course Haggis. I will never forget trying to explain haggis to one of my classes at Yueqing Foreign Language School in China. Although my students had a minimal grasp of English, through the medium of a beautifully drawn and most likely anatomically incorrect sheep, the students got to understand that Haggis is in fact a sheep’s stomach which is filled with all of the other parts of the sheep. “That sounds disgusting?!” I hear you cry! Well no, actually it is quite tasty and I recommend you try it.
Another thing that I have discovered since leaving Scotland is that not everyone eats game. Venison (deer), Rabbit and Pheasant are all common ingredients found on the menu in Scotland but apparently not in other parts of the world. In fact, despite Australia having more Rabbits than people they object to eating the cute little furries…but they have no qualms about eating Kangaroo or crocodile. In fact in Sydney you can sample a pizza that is topped with both! I quite like eating different things and one of my goals here in South America is to add Guinea Pig to the list of interesting meat I have eaten…watch this space…
Do you believe in Nessie, The Loch Ness Monster?
Yes, of course, every Scottish person does.
Have you ever seen Nessie, The Loch Ness Monster?
Again, of course…although we all know that Nessie only shows himself to Scottish people so the rest of the tourists are just wasting their time.
Why do Scottish people wear Kilts?
The kilt has a very long tradition which is fascinating and you can read a bit more about it here. However, the story that fascinates me most is the involvement of the one and only Sir Walter Scott in the invention of the modern kilt in the 19th century Scottish cultural revival. In fact, at this time the kilt was only worn by those who lived in the extreme highlands and those who lived in the cities and those who were high born did not wear the kilt. However, during the visit of the King to Scotland, Sir Walter Scott convinced him and his fellow Scotsmen to don the kilt as a proud symbol of Scottish Identity. He even printed an instruction booklet on how his new fashion should be worn. The idea caught on and continues until today.
Is it true that Scotsmen don’t wear underwear underneath their kilts?
Better to ask them than me although you aren’t a true Scot unless you go commando.
Do you wear a Kilt?
No because I’m a girl and only men wear kilts.
Your English is good! Where did you learn it?
Scottish people actually usually speak English as their first language. In fact there are a lot of dialects in Scotland and many people in the highlands speak Gaelic – sadly I do not. Where I am from in Aberdeen, in the North East, people speak a dialect called Doric. It is quite sad because a lot of the dialects of Scotland seem to be dying out.
So, with those questions out of the way maybe the most important one of all is:
Who the hell are you anyway?
My name is Danielle and I have aspirations and hopes to follow in the footsteps of great Scottish explorers like John Muir and David Douglas by heading out to distant lands and finding adventure wherever I go. So far I have partied with a Tibetan rastafarian in Beijing, had appendicitis in Ningbo, gone surfing at Bondi Beach and been caught up in a cacerolazo in Argentina and I hope that there will be many more adventures to come. I am also interested in food – eating and cooking and so you should expect to see some more restaurant reviews coming this way.
Contact me – Scottish people are actually quite friendly.
Do you have more burning questions about Scotland? Do you need to contact me for a travel and or survival tips? Starting to teach and would like some advice? Would you like to offer me a free holiday?
I am also open to accepting guest posts and contributing them to other sites. Feel free to drop me a line…even if you do just want to know the colour of The Loch Ness Monster.
For all of the above reasons and many more, here are my contact details.
- Twitter: @scottish_nomad
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Looking forward to hearing from you!
- TV & Film news: Brave director Mark Andrews tells how the Highlands came to Hollywood (dailyrecord.co.uk)
- Say what? Haggis hurling at the Highland Games (overheadbin.nbcnews.com)
- the Auld Land – Edinburgh, United Kingdom (travelpod.com)
- Haggis and Kilts and Witches, Oh My! (emyfox.wordpress.com)
- Haggis cakes for tourists (scotsman.com)
- Goodbye England, Hello Scotland! (olympicmom.com)