With dark hair and olive skin, most Italians assume I am one of them, until I open my mouth, they stare for a while, then the inevitable question comes out “where are you from?”
The land of haggis, Irn bru, William Wallace, where Harry Potter was filmed, the bagpipe playing county… still no? Ok I’m from the UK, Scotland, the Northern country of Great Britian …
“Scotland, that’s near London, right ?
No. No it’s not. London is a city, the capital of England. Which is a whole other country. England is England and Scotland is Scotland. Two different countries guys.
“I love your accent, say this, say that, you speak so funny.”
I am not a performing monkey. Thankyou to Taggart ,the Scottish cop show, for making nearly every person I meet on my travels ask me to say “there’s been a murder”. Yes,we say wee for small and the way I say curly wurly is utterly hilarious , we roll our r’s ok, get over it ! What’s even funnier is when people commend me on how good my English is hahah…
“Get that drink down you, you’re Scottish after all!”
Can a girl not nurse a drink, or have a wee Irn bru instead of downing alcoholic drinks. I am a self confessed light weight, one drink and I’m on my arse. This does not impress non Scottish fellow drinkers, it’s like I’ve let down my whole heritage because I’m white girl wasted after a sniff of Pinot Grigio …
and No, I don’t drink whiskey.
“Don’t stab me!”
Aye very good.
No I’m not going to stab you.
Yes, Glasgow is safe. No I don’t carry a knife.
We won’t stab capital of the world once ok, give it a rest.
Well I might consider it if you ask me if Scotland is in England one more time …
“Omg, I love Edinburg!”
I get it , lots of Scottish towns aren’t spelled phonetically, it can get confusing. Places such as Sauchiehall street, Milngavie, Stranraer, Echlefechan… But c’mon man it’s EDINBURGH pronounced- Edinburuh NOT edinborggggg! Ps I’m from Glasgow and Glasgow is better 😉
“How come you’re not ginger ?”
I am ginger, all Scottish people are of course, we just dye our hair to have an attempt at gaining our own identity…
Just kidding. Not everyone in Scotland is ginger. Infact not many people are. The gingers are in the minority.
Thanks to the “see you jimmy” tourist hats making everyone think we’re ginger and wear a tartan bunnet.
“Have you ever eaten a deep fried mars bar?”
What is the worlds obsession with this? I’m so embarrassed that of all the things people know about Scotland, they know about one chippy deep frying a mars bar. No I haven’t tried it because it sounds and looks absolutely rotten.
“Oh you’re from Scotland, do you know a guy called Bob, he’s from Scotland as well.”
Yes. Yes, I know plenty of Bobs, infact if I had a £ for every Scottish Bob I knew i’d be on a beach in the Bahamas right about now. Do I know your brothers,uncles,grandpas,cousins goldfish Bob, No. No I don’t.
Scotland is a big place , with a lot of people, and a lot of Bobs. And don’t even try to ask me if know anyone with the surname McDonald…
“Omg, I love Edinburg!”
“Why aren’t you wearing a kilt?”
1) I’m a woman 2) they’re for special occasions and 3) we have normal clothes shops
“Do you guys have TVs, McDonald’s, cars in Scotland?”
Of course we don’t, oh and I live in a castle too, we don’t have houses in Scotland. Just kidding we have all the things you do , although I would love to live in a castle …
“Have you ever seen the Loch Ness Monster?”
Yeah me and old Nessie go way back, good mates actually, she even poses for photos.Nessie is my class mascot and omg my kids are obsessed, see those lunatics that get like obsessed with conspiracy theories and proving they’re right, this is my class with Nessie!
Considering Scotland is a country of over 5 million people and it’s all I’ve known my whole life, I did expect more people to know where it was and a little more about it. It does give me a giggle I suppose.
What misconceptions do people have about where you’re from?