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Listmania!: What I’ve learned so far in a week

1. Book tickets early! Else, you will miss getting to eat haggis (including vegetarian ones for non-sheep-lovers) on Burns Night (which is Jan. 25 and celebrates, you guessed it, Robert Burns).

One of the many vigorous dances at the cèilidh.

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.

Australian flag for Australia Day.

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.

Glasgow Cathedral.

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.

Necropolis, i.e., “City of the Dead.”

11. Toting your passport to the pub if it sounds like the most remotely good idea is usually a good idea.

12. Siri apparently can’t understand the Scottish accent.

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.

Bagpipes and kilts in the street.

About Anna Cabe

I'm your average over-stressed Asian-American overachiever, your typical moderately talented wannabe writer, your everyday nerd with subpar social skills. I'm pretty boring really.


4 thoughts on “Listmania!: What I’ve learned so far in a week

  1. Told ya! I am totally jealous that you’ve been to the Necropolis, though.

    Posted by Isobel Robinson-Ortiz | February 1, 2012, 1:02 pm
  2. I got a jumper at Primark for £5, but the neck stretched out in a month. Just so you’re warned. But they are crazy cheap and it’s awesome considering the prices can be rather steep at other places (well, in Oxford anyway…)

    Posted by Osasha | February 1, 2012, 1:08 pm

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