I cannot I’ve now been in Dundee for 1 month! I gotta say I really love living in the sunniest city in Scotland, and even though being a university student can be quite challenging at times, I love every part of it! However, the scottish culture is quite different from what I’m used to, and I’ve here chosen the 10 funniest facts I’ve discovered so far:
- Bagpupes and kilts. t’s the typical, scottish cliché, but like all the cheesy quotes you so often see in movies, it comes from truth. Here at University of Dundee e.g. you’ll see someone standing in a kilt, playing the bagpipe for all bigger event.
- Haggis. Haggis is the real taste of Scotland, and I got say that as long as you’re not thinking about what it really is, it taste pretty good. Haggis is a dish made of a sheep’s ‘pluck’ (heart, liver and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally simmered in sheep’s stomach for about three hours. Delicious right?!
- Tatties, bampot and other scottish words. The scottish accent is something we’ve all heard of, but how about the scottish words? I can tell you I’ve been repeating the word “what?” a lot of times since I arrived here, because the scottish have a lot of their own words, very different from the american or british Im used to!
- Scotland has the highest amount of redheads in the world. And it’s something you really notice once you walk around in the cities etc.
- Scotland’s national animal is a unicorn. I find that really cool though (Denmark’s is just a swan – boring right?)
- It was the Scots were the ones to invest golfing, and the city St Andrews (which is really close to Dundee btw) is considered to be the city home for golf. Loads of famous people come there to golf, Obama has been there, and Jamie Dornan is there now!
- Scotland has 3 officially recognized language: English (of course), Scottish Gaelic and Scots. Maybe that’s also why they have so many of their own, special words?
That’s what I’ve got so far – what did you think about it? Anything surprising? I definitely was!