Tuesday, 24 November 2015

life … in Scotland



I have been silent for a month and during this time I somehow managed to pack our things and move to Scotland. I will give you a moment to digest that … or perhaps read again. I am now living by the west coast, southwest of Glasgow, in a walking distance from the town's centre and the beach. A real beach. On my first day I woke up to the sound of seagulls and immediately felt at home. I love the closeness to the sea; it's what I was brought up with in Reykjavik, Iceland. Our new home is an old, renovated house with soul: it has French windows, high ceiling, original wooden doors and stairs, and both old and new floorboards. It speaks to me. I even have a garden with hydrangeas! During our no-Wi-Fi-yet period I would sit in this corner in the dining room with my coffee and play solitaire, with actual playing cards, when taking a break from the unpacking. Very old school and calming.

These days life mainly consists of unpacking and arranging things, getting the children settled in their new schools and allowing the ear to get used to the Scottish accent. I thought it would be more difficult to understand the Scots but I was wrong. As I have only been living here for a short time, I cannot really make any general statements, but I have to say that I find it astonishing how one line on a map can change people. The Scottish are very different from the English in temperament. It must be the nature and climate.


12 comments:

  1. Wow!! Big news Lisa!! Welcome to your new home and I hope you will all be very happy in Scotland! Seems like you are moving slowly closer to your homeland:-) Looking forward to discovering more of your new home and surroundings!

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    1. Thank you, Igor. Yes, we are closer to home ... not that we have felt any homesickness since moving abroad. Compared to the English, the Scots are more like Icelanders. I get the feeling we will be quit content here. It was about time to live so close to the sea. I love the sea!

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    2. I meant to write quite ... not quit!

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  2. Oh, Lisa, just yesterday I was wondering about the reasons your posts had become so few and far between. I truly admire your resilience to be moving around so much! I LOVE Scotland, by the way, visited near Loch Ness just this past August. Wish you all the very best at the new place!

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    1. Thank you, Inga. Did you spot the Loch Ness monster? My daughters are sure it's there ;-)

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    2. Personally, I think they didn't need to invent this "magnet". :-) The lake and the surroundings are already in themselves worth a visit. The lake is especially spectacular when choppy due to wind.

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  3. Oh wow! Wishing you a lovely time settling down and enjoy the sea.

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  4. Lisa, such amazing news! It sounds like you are getting settled and loving it. I adore Scotland deeply and have spent many magical, wonderful times there. Wishing you the very best and a beautiful Christmas in one of the most enchanting places on Earth. xo

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    1. Thank you, Georgianna. We are settling well and looking forward to what the future holds here in Scotland.

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