Life in Edinburgh

Things I’ve Learned

Though Scotland is an English speaking country, many words differ from American English. I’ve started making a list of ones I hear regularly and will continue to add to it as time goes on. Queue – line Jumper – sweater Trousers – pants Pants – underwear Knackered – tired Football aka “Footie” – soccer Flat …

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A Change

A Clear Face and a Clear Mind

Growing up, I wore a lot of makeup. It was caked on to cover up acne and self consciousness. I spent years waking up early to ‘put on my face.’ One day, when I was in college, my neighbor bluntly said, ‘Why do you spend so much time putting on makeup? You look the same …

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Life in Edinburgh Moving Abroad

Life Update

It’s been nearly three months since Simon and I moved abroad, so I thought I’d give a quick update on our new life! Many expat blogs have a post entitled “Expectation vs Reality.” This tends to be where they debunk all their grandiose visions of moving abroad and discuss the struggles they faced in the …

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Life in Edinburgh

Weather in Edinburgh

One of my biggest fears when moving to Scotland was the weather. Everyone talks about the endless grey, rainy days and the effect it can have on your mental health. I was expecting the worst and fully prepared to sit in front of a SAD lamp if necessary. Upon arrival, we had a week solid …

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Thought Provoking

Reading for Fun

I was never much of a reader growing up. In school, I found ways around the mandatory reading, somehow managing to still make decent grades. I always blamed my eyesight, as reading was straining and challenging. The font was always too small and the page number always intimidating. If the book didn’t pull me in …

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The Happiness Project

As I was living at my in-law’s, right before our move, my mother-in-law found a book in the Little Library on the corner of her street. It was The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. One of my goals this year was to read more, so she passed it on to me to help with my …

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Thought Provoking

Adventure vs. Life

Whenever I’ve made a big change in my life, I’ve always labeled it an adventure. To me, an adventure is the unknown. I don’t know what I am getting into or what will happen, but I will handle it as it comes. If nothing else, it will make for a good story and will serve …

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The Epiphany

**I wrote this in August of 2018, after a long commute home in the rain.** The other day, I had an epiphany. I was sitting in traffic on my way home from work, partaking in the daily commute that takes up five hours of my life each week. As I stared at the tapping red …

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A Change

Changing the Purpose of the Blog

When I started this blog, I really wanted it to be successful. I love writing and traveling, so I thought it would be so cool if I were to become one of those influencers paid to travel and blog. What I didn’t realize is it’s not that easy, and that actually isn’t the life I …

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Life in Edinburgh

Free Things to Do in Edinburgh

Since I haven’t been working, I’ve decided to explore all the FREE things Edinburgh has to offer. Not only is Edinburgh a beautiful, friendly city, but it’s very cultural as well. Nearly all the local museums are free and based off donations only. I’m going to be honest. I’m not typically a museum person. I …

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