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cdorsey replied to the thread How safe is it in Scotland? on the Scotland forum:
Meloney1 initially posted:
We were considering spending two years of our retirement living in Scotland, but the news reports here say there are radical groups rioting in the streets of most cities across Great Britain. We seen a video clip of cars burning and radicals holding signs saying "Kill the queen", so we are a bit concerned about committing ourselves to a two year visit if things are dangerous. Can anyone provide me with information on this matter? Thank you
cdorsey replied most recently with:
My family and I spent 4 years there and it is a very safe place and beautiful and interesting. We lived in Banchory; just out of Aberdeen and it is a very good base for touring the north and both coasts. We could always walk about at night with no trouble and children were safe. There are several castles to see within a 20 mile radius of Banchory.
steviemanly replied most recently with:
Scotland one of the safest and friendly countries in the world and don't listen to any other rubbish you hear
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boondock1978 replied to the thread where to live in scotland for 6 months on the Scotland forum:
inverness1948 initially posted:
I was born in scotland, I wish to rent a place for 4 to 6 months, I plan to travel all over scotland. Not sure where to live. Looking for a nice safe place where you can go for a walk in the evening without worrying about dangers. looking at glasgow, aberdeen and dumfries. Any input would be helpful.
boondock1978 replied most recently with:
if you want to travel all over then you need a good base, so Glasgow would be my shout, west end and near a canal for walks, i only suggest because for whatever reason, people are always friendly on the canals :-)
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GBA posted Baseball in Glasgow on the Scotland forum:
lasgow Baseball Association has been in operation since 1997 in Glasgow's east end, and now operates 2 adult teams playing in the Scottish National League, and we are looking for new recruits for the year of 2015! Our philosophy is to grow and develop the game of baseball in Scotland as it is not very widely played here. We have a great mix of experience and a great group of players who will welcome you and help you with your new life in Scotland Our 2014 season has just finished and we will look to commence Winter training later in the year, with next season starting in April 2015. So right now is the best time to come along and get up to speed for the upcoming season. Membership fees are charged once yearly and are very low compared to other clubs in the UK. If you've ever been interested in baseball and want to give it a try, or would like to start playing again, then this is a great chance for you to do so! Find us on Facebook or Twitter or respond to me on this site for further information. Hope to hear from you soon.
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boondock1978 replied to the thread Can't decide between Edinburgh, Glasgow or Aberdeen on the Scotland forum:
estherlimtf initially posted:
Hi, I just need some help making a decision. I have the opportunity to be transferred to Scotland but I can't decide if I should work in Edinburgh, Glasgow or Aberdeen. Edinburgh - I've visited before and LOVED it, but the type of work I'd be doing there is intimidating and I'm not sure I wan't to do it. Glasgow - Never been and none of my friends have personally been there. One of my friends said it's quite blue collar which I don't mind but I'm not sure if that translates to rough neighbourhoods? Aberdeen - Heard it's small but I'll get paid more and I have friends being transferred there around the same time. Anyone want to give me a sales pitch on any of the above cities? Cheers, Esther
boondock1978 replied most recently with:
I`ve lived in all 3 at one time or other, Edinburgh i agree, not only beautiful to look at but also a pleasant enough place to live, good transport, good social etc. Glasgow is the largest of the 3, east end is a bit like london, good for a bargain but rough and should be treated with caution, they dont mess about in that neck of the woods lol west end is more cultural, more art, museums, good social spots(similar to parts of aberdeen). South side is mixed like the north side, middle and working class areas but the south side hosts the majority of Glasgows Indian/pakistan people There is plenty in Glasgow to keep you entertained and in my opinion is the pick of the 3 in terms of social side...though.. Aberdeen is fast becoming the place to be and has become much more diverse and milti cultural now than it was when i was there 20 years ago, it has a good social set up, with classy bars and clubs etc and its a beautiful city in its own right, clean sea air which always made me tired lol and you got the mix of city folk and country folk combined which i like, canny beat a bit of tradition. It all depends what kind of stay you wish to have? hope that helps :-)
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carrmia replied to the thread Moving to Glasgow on the Scotland forum:
thecanvas initially posted:
Hello all, I am currently an art teacher in PA, USA. However, I would really love to go to Glasgow School of Art for my MFA, and I have been working extra jobs to save up and do the 2-year relocation, starting next August. Unfortunately, my current student loans keep me from being able to save a LOT, so I am concerned about being able to afford it. I have found some cheap flights, and done a couple of searches on flats in Glasgow, and while they don't seem too expensive, I'm worried that I will get there and discover that I have to leave after six months. I will definitely have to get a job there... so I was wondering if someone (or many someones!) could send me some info and/or links to where I can find cheap flats, part-time jobs for students, and a general idea of what it will cost to live. Thank you!!
carrmia replied most recently with:
Don't know how PA compares 2 Dallas 4 cost of living but Scotland'll prob seem quite expensive.U mayb able 2 find student accomodation less expensive. U can check out Cameron & Wright 4 renting flat, located Crow Rd Glasgow. Don't think U'll B able 2 work.
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sffilk replied to the thread Retiring to Scotland on the Scotland forum:
mikkij initially posted:
Ok, I signed up for this newsletter to find out info about retiring to Scotland from the US, all I get is a bunch of information about countries like Ecuador or Asian countries. Not interested. Please if anyone has any substantial info on moving to Scotland, retiring there, housing etc. I would love to know. Thanks
sffilk replied most recently with:
My question is sort of in the same vein, except I'm wondering how living in Scotland would affect taxes once I start living off of retirement income. Can anyone help me there?
cynthiaholden replied most recently with:
Hi Polly, I'm from Florida and I'v lived here for 10 years and that is not the impression that I have gotten. The people here are lovely and the economy encourages people who can take care of themselves to move here. What they don't want are people here who are existing off of the economy. There are people here, like anywhere else in the world, with incredibly dour and pessimistic outlooks but as you know and wrote this is never the opinion or view of all. We have a strong community of American expats here, working and retired and we would love to add you to our community.
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carrmia replied to the thread Schooling in Scotland on the Scotland forum:
kalishfam initially posted:
We are moving in August 2014 for a three year assignment. We will be in Aberdeen, and we will not be able to send our children to ISA. Anyone have any thoughts/suggestions/advice for what to do for schooling? Concerned that the local schools will match up with our US credit needs so the girls can have a US high school diploma. We at this time are planning to do online schooling at home, but also desire an opportunity to connect with other families and children (local and expat) so our children can have some social opportunities. Thanks for any thoughts/idea/suggestions!
carrmia replied most recently with:
@ the v worst they could always take the GED when they return 2 the states. I was educated in Scotland, when I took the GED, in US,I had been out of school many years. The Tester was surprised I was going 2 take the test in 1 sitting ( I didn't want 2 go & come back another day. Seems a lot who take it leave & revise 4 the next segment.I passed easily & am convinced if I had 2 retake the Scottish O levels, I would have been more doubtful of passing & the test would have been a lot longer & prob not in 1 day. Otherwise mayb a school in US would let the kids take the actual test.
Homesearch replied most recently with:
Hi Kalishfan, The schools in Aberdeen are mostly very good, but other than the ISA which you say is not an option, I don't know of any that work towards the US high school diploma. The most popular state schools in Aberdeen are the Aberdeen Grammar School and Cults Academy - but you need to live in catchment area for a chance of a place (not guaranteed). These two schools have cathcments covering the most expensive areas to live in Aberdeen. School and nursery places throughout Aberdeen are very in short supply. If a school has loads of places, it's probably one you don't want your children to go to! Martin Watt
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cdorsey replied to the thread Holiday Events & Expat Gatherings in Scotland on the Scotland forum:
adminee initially posted:
What are your favorite holiday events in your area of Scotland? Help other expats in search of some holiday cheer by sharing information on events that are open to the public or for expats. If you would like to plan your own gathering to celebrate the holidays with other members of Expat Exchange in your area, we encourage you to plan it here. You could meet up with others at your favorite restaurant, a local coffee shop, a bar -- anywhere that's public!
cdorsey replied most recently with:
Hogmanay is THE big holiday in Scotland. It is a New Years celebration and lasts 2-3 days. Christmas is the big holiday in England; but Hogmanay is it for Scotland. Any local can acquaint you with a visiting ritual known as "First Footing." Do not even try to keep up with the New Years toasts. The people are very friendly and welcoming. We throughly enjoyed Braemar's Highland Gathering. We lived in banchory; which was about 30-35 miles away. The Queen and other Royals are in attendance . for some of the festivities.
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