I hope everyone is doing well!
I’ve been very busy the last few weeks with work and just life in general, but I wanted to get on here and say hello. Did anyone else enjoy the Super Bowl? It was a great game and I was very excited for the Packers, which is funny because I’m a Minnesota Vikings fan (and it almost felt like a sin to root for the rival Packers for the big game). I love football!
I’m still waiting for news on my application. I’m getting very anxious to get things moving along with filing taxes and applying for financial aid.
For Christmas my best friend gave me a book called ‘Culture Shock! A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette: Scotland’ by Jamie Grant. I haven’t read all of it yet, but there were a couple sections which I thought were interesting. I’m curious to know if this book is fairly acurate. It’s a weird concept for me to think there can be a book regarding customs and a way of life for people in a specific country. I’m sure there are books about the US, but in my mind there are so many different cultures and ethnicities in the US, I don’t know how you could make a general concensus on how the culture is in a country.
Anyways, here’s what Grant had to say about flirting: “Flirting in some ways is a much subtler affair in Scotland than in many other cultures. Men in particular tend to be shy when it comes to approaching, or “chatting” up a woman…Alcohol loosens tongues and gives men and women an excuse to relax and flirt. Scots are much more forward when they are drunk.” I hope this isn’t always the case. I guess that means I’ll have a tough time flirting, because I don’t tend to drink very much. I don’t want it to be off putting, especially because I don’t like beer. I know it’s shocking! On a more positive note, Grants says, “There is a strong sense of monogamy within relationships”.
On Manners, Grant states, “Being polite is very important in Scotland. The Scots pride themselves on their hospitality and friendliness, and are generally cautious and respectful of their fellow human beings. ‘Please’, ‘thanks pal’, and ‘sorry’ punctuate most coversations. If you bump into someone, its likely that they will fire off an apology before you do”. I can tell you I have never heard anyone say anything negative about Scotland in this regard at all. In fact I’ve also been told how wonderful the Scottish people are. I’m very excited to find out for myself and to meet some fantastic people.
Let me know what you think. I think I will post more excerpts from Jamie Grant’s ‘Culture Shock’ book as I read through it.