2. Dancing at the cèilidh (Gaelic social gathering) requires the most amazing stamina and speed. And, kilts look so pretty with their pleats swirling about.
3. Strongbow is a cider not a beer.
4. The Gallery of Modern Art, the Glasgow Cathedral, Provand’s Lordship, and the St. Mungo Museum for Religious Life and Art are all free. Museums throughout the UK are free (Hear that, Art Institute and High Museum of Art and Field Museum and your $15-25 fees?).
5. Australia Day is on Jan. 26 (and celebrates, you guessed it, Australia). Also, that Australians like beetroot. A lot.
6. Always wear cheap shoes when going to a club.
7. Always remember cars drive on the left side of the road.
8. Wear sturdy shoes when walking up the steep, steep hills of Glasgow.
9. St. Mungo is the patron saint of Scotland and Glasgow. Yes, J. K. Rowling did not make him up.
10. The Glasgow Necropolis, full of the city’s most illustrious dead, finally made me see the appeal of graveyards, certain-person-who-will-not-be-named.
11. Toting your passport to the pub if it sounds like the most remotely good idea is usually a good idea.
13. People from Manchester are called Mancunians.
14. Tie cloth around clootie trees for luck.
15. Shopping in Glasgow is amazing (6 pounds for a new dress at Select!) but Primark is the best of all. For a pair of basic black flats, a laundry basket, a tote bag, a fitted sheet, two pillowcases, two towels and three washclothes? Twenty-seven pounds.
16. “Okay” (with a strong emphasis on the “o”) is a very common slang word here.
17. One heck of a cliché but you do learn something new everyday when you’re studying abroad.