THE SCOTTISH BORDERS

Moving to Melrose

An adventure that I’ve been dreaming about for years has finally begun. I have moved to a foreign country which I’ve never been to before, on my own. I know Scotland’s not the typical country one might think of as “foreign” since it’s quite Westernised and there’s minimal culture-shock when visiting or moving here. Buuut, it is still a major step in the right direction! Plus I think the fact that there isn’t much culture shock (mainly that it is an English speaking country) provides a perfect stepping stone for me. It’s a great transition from my home and comfort-zone, to the endless possibilities of where I will be living throughout the next several years of my life. It’s so exciting to be living out this dream of mine. I’ve been envisioning travelling and living around the world for a long time now, and it is finally happening. After feeling this gush of independence and empowerment, my dream of living a continuous, nomadic life seems completely possible.

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Life in the Borders

Let me tell you, if you’re looking to visit Scotland but don’t want to venture too far North, you can most definitely experience the beauty of the country around the borders. Majority of the borders area is brimming with green hills and forests (and thousands of sheep and cattle). Within these hills are various tiny towns with the kindest, most welcoming people. Although they all maintain very low populations (Melrose has approximately 1600 inhabitants), each town has it’s own unique character and charm. During the first couple of weeks of my stay in Melrose (end of June-beginning of July) each town held its own week long festival, accompanied by marches and parades through the streets, fancy-dress parties, and even formal balls (like out of a damn Disney movie). Seeing bag-pipe marching bands and hundreds of horses proceeding through streets of these quaint tiny towns really gave me a perspective on the charm of Scotland, which is the point I’m trying to get at throughout this ramble. You don’t have to travel very far (from England, that is) to get a feel for what Scotland truly is. Friendly people, unique culture, stunning hiking trails, good food, and great beer.

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