Yesterday I was sitting in my armchair all snuggled up, reading and listening to the rain outside my window. The majority of the conversations over here are about the weather. They all keep warning me about the weather and especially the rain, but being from the north I’m used to unstable weather. I try to tell them that the weather is not that different from back home and that a little rain doesn’t bother me - I’ve got an umbrella. They don’t seem to believe me.
The way they talk about the rain here, it sounds like a giant tornado. When it finally does rain (which is quite often), no one is more surprised than the Glaswegians! You can see them running around looking for shelter, usually in the nearest pub. I have a sneaky suspicion that the reason why most people don’t carry umbrellas is so they have an excuse to pop in to the pub for a pint during a shower. I don’t blame them. There’s nothing like sitting in the pub with a pint watching everyone else hurrying along getting soaked. It’s actually one of the things I like best about Scotland: that when it rains, pint is almost mandatory. And it sure does rain a lot!
I admit it freely: I love Scotland! This may not seem as a big deal, but I think it is. Don’t get me wrong, I love Norway too - it’s my home country after all - but Scotland has amazed me. I stayed in Glasgow for two and a half months while I was working at the Hunterian Museum. On the weekends I travelled around Scotland in an attempt to see it all. I failed of course, but what I did see I would like to share with you.
This isn’t a official tourist blog or anything like that; this is my tips, tricks and experiences. Maybe they’ll help you if you think of going to Scotland, maybe they will give you some ideas or inspire you to travel. Scotland has certainly inspired me, and i can tell you one thing right now: I’m going back.