Quick observations over 15 minutes from an Edinburgh cafe:
1. The Scots age well.
Lots of elderly Scots have full heads of hair.
Very few of them have wrinkles. Its probably a combination of less
sun exposure this far north, genetics, and less environmental toxicity. People of light skin get relatively ravaged by the Californian sun, and the
stress of American life. Though perhaps not a fountain of youth, moving
northward is at least a little sip of it.
2. Food Concerns
So, the Europeans really hate genetically modified (GM) crops. They find
the concept quite galling and think of any establishment that would
carry such food a bit dodgy, whereas its so ubiquitous in the U.S. that
most people are totally unaware of all the GM stuff they’re eating. In
contrast, Europeans eat food with monosodium glutamate (MSG) and saccharin
like its going out of style. One is generally hard-pressed to find 100%
pure juice around here, whereas that seems to be the norm in the U.S. I suppose
if all our fruit is GM, and they can’t grow as much fruit as we can, it
makes sense that they’d avoid juices. In the end, both sides think the other’s
priorities are slightly off.
3. Scots are friendly.
I’m told by the English that this is a function of Edinburgh having many internationals through tourism and good universities, as well as ‘the best Scots moving to Edinburgh, like how the best Americans move to the coasts.’ Never underestimate the capacity of the English to validate your observation, mock the Scots, and express love-hate for Americans in one sentence 🙂