11-Step Guide to Avoiding Culture Shock
A helping hand from someone who has experienced the embarrassment first-hand.
Thought I’d assist some of my fellow international students with a list of 11 things I wish I had known before moving to Edinburgh.
1. For starters, “takin the piss” is not literal. Imagine my initial confusion.
2. If you’re headed to Princes Street, don’t bother dressing up.
3. This will undoubtedly surprise many of you, but alcohol is a lot cheaper in this country than what I’m used to. Took me a good while to realise that bringing £50 on a night out is rather excessive.
4. Really wish I would’ve brought an extra suitcase packed with food.
5. Preparing for the rain is a smart move but don’t buy an umbrella. It won’t last.
6. Get ready for a huge rugby-culture. Don’t insult the game and maybe even learn some rules.
7. I was under the impression that kilts were a classic example of a stereotype but alas! they can be spotted relatively often.
8. The Edinburgh Castle’s “One o’clock Gun” will sound every day except Sunday. Don’t let it scare you.
9. Start watching the most popular television shows as soon as you can. Mainly Made in Chelsea.
10. Do not refer to Scots as English or vice versa. Do. not.
11. Finally, pants means panties, not trousers. Don’t think I need to elaborate on that one.