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Why Scotland? 7 Reasons Why

As someone from the New World and who has lived in Scotland for 12 years now, one of the questions I'm often asked is "why?" A lot of the times it goes something like this: Scottish person: "You're from Canada?! What are you doing here?" Me: "Well, I originally came here as an exchange student in University and I loved Glasgow so much that I moved back a few years after graduating." Scottish person, visibly irritated: "but WHY? Why Scotland?" I get it - for a long time Scottish people left these shores for a better life in the New World (I've mentioned before how imperative the Scots were in establishing modern Canada), including my own Grandmother and Great Grandfather. It's probably somewhat...

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Happy Canada Day!

Today is Canada Day: a national holiday in Canada celebrating the union of various colonies into a single dominion. Canadians across the country celebrate in various forms: concerts, BBQs, fireworks and hanging out with friends and family.  Modern Canada owes a lot to Scotland: Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A Macdonald was actually born in Glasgow (sadly what is thought to be his birthplace was torn down in September 2017 - although be sure to check out this 1967 clip of Sir John A's Great-Grandson returning to Glasgow to see his Great-Grandfather's birthplace ending up in a pub, of course) and many Scots contributed to the very foundations of Canada such as the railway, education, and banking. Scots also played an integral...

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LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE // SPOTLIGHT: Finnieston

Since moving to Glasgow from Canada 12 years ago, we have lived all over Glasgow: from Maryhill to Hillhead to Govan to yes, even Finnieston; we lived in Finnieston before it was named the hippest place in Britain. When we lived in Finnieston there certainly wasn't anywhere near as many bars/ pubs/ restaurants/ shops as there is now. We liked living in the area because the rent was reasonable and it was halfway between the West end and city centre. Back then you had the option of The Big Slope for drinks and food, Fanny Trollopes and Mother India for a nice meal, The Grove and Ben Nevis for decent pubs and MacCallums for lovely fresh fish (now Wilson's Catch of the...

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Scotland: Best Junk Food in the World

One of the best things to do when visiting a foreign country is take a trip down their junk food aisle. Surely I'm not the only one who loves to do this? You really get a sense of the country's cultural psyche, you know? From limited edition kit kat bars in Japan (sophisticated appreciation of subtlety and niche) to salty and sweet liquorice in the Netherlands (...actually, I don't know why the Dutch love liquorice so much but to be honest, I'm obsessed with it too).   So when I first came to the UK, I was blown away by the superior quality of junk food: pickled onion chips (crisps)?! Monster Munch!? Double Deckers?! Woolworth's Pick n Mix (RIP)!? Don't get...

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Christmas in Canada

In my element When I was growing up in Canada (specifically Eastern Ontario), you were almost guaranteed a white Christmas. It made one of the best times of the year, that more magical. The snow would slowly drift down from the sky, muffling the sounds of the city, and blanketing the earth with thick fluffy slabs of white. To kids, snow is an unlimited and welcomed playground; to adults, it's a nuisance (not to me though!)  Can't figure out if this is me or my brother on our cousin's kid ski-doo Yes, kid ski-doos are a real thing In the lead up to Christmas, our school would organise an all-school assembly where we sang Christmas songs together and our homeroom class...

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