I’m now completely settled into my life here in Glasgow and I don’t think I could possibly be happier. I’ve got a great flat with a new friend, found a job, and (mostly) figured out the UK education system. I am no longer a newbie to the city; the days of once mistaking the Buchanan Galleries for an actual art gallery and asking for directions to the nearest Starbucks are in the past! My new city has completely welcomed me and I feel I’ve found my home.
I’ve become so comfortable in my new city that non-locals have even begun to approach me for directions. I get so excited (but I try to contain it) to direct them to Central Station or wherever they may be heading. They probably walk away thinking, “Wait, did we just ask an American for directions?” But hey, that’s okay.
Living here for a couple of months now, I have found that people truly do make Glasgow. It is the friendliest city in the world for a reason. We’ll just disregard the fact that the city was named the stabbing capital of Europe, as well. But like Kevin Bridges said, they’d at least stab you then direct you to the nearest hospital. Ah, so friendly.
Anyways, during my first week living here, my Canadian friend Katie and I were at Hillhead Bookclub for lunch and our Scottish server was brilliant and knew how new we were to the city so he invited us to go out with him and his friends later that night. It was great craic (like how Scottish I am?), and they’ve now become good friends of ours. It was that easy.
I have found that I already have different groups of friends, making it feel like I’ve lived here for years. I see familiar faces when I walk down the street and always run into someone I know if I’m in the city centre. Glasgow is an absolutely amazing city inside and out, but I think it really is the people who are making my time here such a unique experience.
The only real difficulty I have found since moving here was finding a flat. I found one back when I originally came to Scotland in mid-July. I moved into that flat in August and lived there until just recently. It was a cheap flat and that’s what I got. Plus, my flatmates and I came from completely different backgrounds, making it very difficult to not only live together but communicate and relate to one another.
It got to the point where I absolutely loathed coming home. There were so many issues. The whole place would have this bizarre odor and the shower drain would always be full of someone’s hair. It would fill up so much with hair that the shower would then turn into a bath for your feet. Absolutely not what’s supposed to happen. I couldn’t find it in me to complain too much about the ample amount of things they did that bothered me because life goes on. It’s whatever. But then one morning they decide to come into my room and tell me that I came home too late the night before and need to not do that again. That’s when I knew I needed to look for another flat.
Luckily, I found a new flatmate completely out of the blue. I was in my Marketing seminar when I sat down beside a Scottish girl named Hilary. She began to ask me where I was from, how I ended up in the Marketing seminar for Fashion Business students (international students are free to choose their seminars) etc. Then, she asked where I was living and then asked if I was looking for a flatmate. Just like that I had a new flatmate. We’ve now been living together for about a week on Sauchiehall Street and we’re very happy in our cozy two bedroom! Like I said, ‘People Make Glasgow’. I’m never leaving this place.
Check back in a couple of weeks for more updates on my experiences and thoughts whilst living in Scotland!