Scotland! The first Impression

I wanted to write a post on Scotland ever since I got here but decided to wait a few days to get properly acquainted with the city, for now, Edinburgh, till I go on to explore the rest of Scotland.
It has definitely been a huge shift in culture for me, leaving behind Muscat and Goa and despite this difference, the transition has been a fairly easy one. The first impression of anything or anyone is always a lasting one, and if I could describe the people and the country in one word it would be ‘Warm’. Not in terms of the weather, it is quite chilly since it is one of the northern countries of the UK. If Scotland was a person, I would imagine it to be a person with a warm heart and a warm smile.
Right from the minute I landed, I had people smiling at me and constantly asking me if I needed help to find my way. I was quite grateful, however, didn’t pay much heed to it since that’s the way most locals would try to behave when they notice someone new setting foot in their soil. It wasn’t until I finally settled into Uni life and got acquainted with the towns and shops of Musselburgh that I realized that the Scots are just like this all the time.
I was waiting to catch a bus once and I looked a little lost since I wasn’t sure which bus I had to catch and a really old fragile man walking with the help of a walker read my face and asked me if I needed help. “Hello Dear, where do you need to go?”, and he went on, this bus goes here and that bus goes there…etc, etc. Almost as if it was his personal mission to make sure I got on the right bus. I was so thankful for him because I was so certain I was going to get on the wrong bus as I had done the first few times.
I think I almost wanted to cry because he was so old and could barely walk himself but he wanted to make sure this foreign stranger got home safe and sound. This is just one instance. I was walking home from a church service this morning and people sitting in their front yards just pop out their heads and wish you, “Good morning” or “ Have a nice day!” and I didn’t realize how much a smile or these kind words could do to lift up a spirit, especially one like mine. I just walked home feeling wonderfully thankful and grateful for the Scots have made it so easy for me to make Musselburgh my home.
The city is an optimal balance of the fast and slow life. If you are a downtown person and like to be in the middle of the busy streets and shopping centers, Princes Street and Waverly is a great place to be with all the popular stores and so many cuisines to choose from the many different restaurants, cafes, and pubs. You can never get lost in Edinburgh because there is always a huge monument or landmark in the distance that will give you some perspective as to which part of the city you might be in. Either the Scott monument, the Edinburgh Castle or Arthur’s seat.
If the big city is not your thing, Scotland’s little towns are will bring you the peace that you never knew you needed. Musselburgh for one, the town where I live and not very far from downtown Edinburgh is just 6 minutes by train, one place where you will find little lakes and swans crossing them with their little babies. You could easily go for a run and not expect too much traffic and just take in all the little chirping and the sounds that the winds make against the trees. For someone like me, who needs a little bit of both Musselburgh is like a haven.
I know this post sounds like I’m endorsing Scottish tourism but I think my soul relates to the aura of Scotland. The city of balance. I have made some really sweet friends at Uni and we can’t wait to get some free time to get to know the city. It has been just ten days that I have been here and I can’t wait to begin writing my next post with some new experiences.
PS If anyone else has been to Scotland, do write to me with your suggestions of places to visit so I could try them out too!

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  1. Honestly, just reading this alone has made me appreciate being here a lot more. Since I live on Campus and have not travelled outside of it alone that much I didn’t even realize that everyone is so nice and welcoming but today was my first time going out into the city by myself and it’s just made me realize how true this post is! 🙂

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