It’s been almost a month since I last had a burrito. One week before coming to Scotland I had to get my wisdom teeth out, so eating Spanish food was way out of the question for me. It seems as if it’s going to stay that way for another two weeks. There is one promising restaurant, but I have a feeling a place called “Burrito and Shake” is not going to be the same as Freebirds or Chipotle. Beyond my craving for a burrito, I have experienced various other “culture shocks” while in Scotland.
When I first arrived at my Air BnB at the beginning of the month my initial thought was you’ve got to be kidding me. Scotland was not designed for tall people. I am about six feet tall and I have to duck my head the majority of times I go to historical sites. There is also a problem with how low the sinks are in proportion to me. My other biggest culture shock has been going into the grocery store only to find out they don’t keep eggs in the fridge. I don’t trust like that. However, I did end up braving the fridge-less eggs and so far I have not gotten sick.
Other things to look out for when coming to Scotland is to know which way to look when crossing the street and definitely know how to recycle. As for looking the right way, traffic here goes the opposite way than in the United States. I still get a mini heart attack when I see a car moving and there isn’t anyone sitting on the left hand side. It also feels very uncomfortable when the bus turns right and has to go through traffic like a left turn in the United States. As for the recycling, I discovered a small gray tub with a lid in my kitchen when I got to my flat at the University. Luckily, my roommate knew exactly what it was for. Instead of throwing away food, Scotland composts it. Does it smell awful? Yes. Is it worth it? Environmentalists say yes, but I don’t think this one habit that will follow me back to the United States.
Samantha Bradfield is a junior at the University of Missouri-Kansas City studying Psychology and Art History. Samantha is spending the summer abroad with the UMKC Honors Summer Program in Scotland.
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