Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Things I like and things I don't like
What I like:
I really like my new coffee maker. It has a reusable filter, and the top will heat up your coffee cups if you sit them up there. Also, it's yellow. I like yellow.
I like that food here is so fresh and that it's easy for me to get local products.
I like that there is a support group here for expats (AWA).
I like how dog friendly the city is, and that when I go to the park, I almost always meet somebody new as our dogs chase each other.
I like that the weather is mild enough for so many outdoor activities such as hiking, running, biking, walking, and castle exploring!
I like that Scottish people have many different new and interesting words I didn't know before moving here.
I like that most people bring their own bags to the grocery store. I also like that the cart is called a "trolley."
I like haggis. It's yummy.
I like that things are so close, including friends. I also like that anybody who lives further than a 30 minute WALK seems far now.
I like the rain.
I like my little compost bin that the city gives me.
I like all the granite buildings and houses.
I like the fuel efficient cars.
I like that almost everybody here seems concerned with safety. Almost every cyclist or runner I see has on a bright yellow vest, jacket, or backpack cover.
I like how polite most people are here and how happy they sound when they say good-bye or thank you (Cheers!).
I like that if there is no possible way to create parking for a place, they create it on the sidewalk. Makes me chuckle to see that.
I could probably go on longer, but I'll stop there for now.
What I don't like:
I don't like ironing.
I don't like how early everything closes here. This city is almost shut down by 6 PM.
I don't like the people who let their dogs poop on the sidewalk and don't pick it up.
I don't like NOT having outlets in the bathroom... but I'm adjusting to sitting in the floor to dry my hair and put on makeup. Plus, it forces me to stretch at the same time. :)
I don't like white floors.
I don't like the negative treatment received simply for being American (hasn't happened much, but has happened).
I don't like the popularity of instant coffee here. ;)
I don't like being unable to hang my own pictures, mostly because I can't get things on the wall when I want.
I don't like the cell phone service as much here. No 4G... terrible reception in most places... if you have any.
I don't like that my coat hooks are about 8 feet high. I have to stand on my tip-toes while Steve laughs at me. hehe
I don't like how quickly things spoil (there's the catch to having fresh food... can't have it all) :o)
I don't like boilers because they lose water pressure sometimes, and you wake up freezing!
Before closing, I would like to say that even if I don't like something, it doesn't mean that I'm not thankful to have things. I mean, I'm thankful to have hot water but that doesn't mean I like it when the shower sends a burst of scalding water down my back. ;)
Anybody have anything to add about where you live? I'm so curious.