From California to Scotland With Love
About a year ago, my husband and I embarked on what we thought would be a 3-6 month adventure living and working in Scotland. Little did we know then how much that plan would alter the course of our lives.
We’d been to Edinburgh before and knew we liked the city, but after being here only a few months, we fell in love. Mad love. The kind that makes you do crazy things you wouldn’t normally do—like buy a flat in a foreign country that rains a good portion of the year.
I took this photo back in December on one of those picture-perfect, cloudless days Southern California is famous for. December in San Diego is pretty much like July in San Diego. You might have warmer days in July, but not by much! A few of the days we were home for Christmas, it was close to 80F (that’s Fahrenheit, or 26 Celsius). Having to learn metric has been, shall we say, interesting! Especially for cooking. Yikes.
That’s frost on the grass. Frost. We don’t get much frost in San Diego, nor do we get snow (I’ve heard a rumor it snowed once when I was a kid, but that was a long time ago). This is one of the many reasons David and I love it in Edinburgh. We get seasons! Honest to goodness seasons where the leaves change color and Spring brings new buds to the naked trees. Yes, we get gale force winds that make me question my sanity, but we also have glorious, blue-sky days, too. Not as often as in San Diego, but often enough it doesn’t make me miss the sun.
A few of the reasons we love Edinburgh so much are—
Edinburgh is a big city without feeling like a big city. If you’ve ever been to New York or London, or even Los Angeles, or San Francisco, those cities feel big. They’re sprawling and ponderous. Edinburgh is quaint by comparison, yet you can get anywhere in the world from here by either train or plane.
David and I grew up in an area where you have to drive everywhere. Need groceries? Hop in the car. Out to see friends? Car. Go to the beach? Grab some towels and find parking for your car.
Not having a car is fabulous. We have a grocery across the street. Restaurants of every flavor are within walking distance to our flat. Clothing stores are literally around the corner from us. We can hop on a bus or tram and get wherever we need to go in the city.
We love the vibe of this city. Each August there’s a huge festival for film, art, literature, and entertainment and that’s wicked good fun, but all during the year there are other events going on that keeps Edinburgh vibrant and exciting. Plus! They have a huge Christmas Market that starts in November and ended just last week in January. There are lights and music and a huge Hogmanay celebration for New Year’s Eve. A lot of the festivities we were able to see from our lounge windows.
Not only do I love that view, but I get to experience this wild life with the love of my life. We’re extremely fortunate that David is able to work here in Edinburgh. His job is flexible enough that he can still work with the guys in San Diego while here, and work with the guys in Edinburgh when we’re in California. To say we’re grateful to his company is a huge understatement! They’ve been wonderful in helping our dream become reality.
As for me, I can pretty much do my job anywhere I can plug in my laptop.
Scotland has already influenced my writing. There’s a magic here that seeps into every pore and infects me with wonder. The new Fatal Fae series I’m working on is set in Edinburgh and Faerie. The history of this country has given me ideas for future stories. You can’t help but be influenced by the majesty and beauty of this city.
I’ll be posting regular stories and updates here on the website, but if you’d like more pictures of our adventures (and of Lady Dazzleton, too!), hop over to my Facebook page and gives us a like. This year is going to be full of great stuff, I can’t wait to share it all with you!
Thank you for being part of this amazing life.