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  • 23 years old
  • From Connecticut, United States
  • Currently in Scotland

I'll be in Scotland Before Ye


I'll be in Scotland before Ye

Scotland Scotland  |  Jun 18, 2014
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Let me tell you, those Scots sure know how to party. This is the last week of class for most of the students here, other than us and some forgers who live downstairs. Therefore, the school puts on their “last dance” which is called a Ceilidh. All of the boys dress up in traditional kilts and Scottish garb and all of the girls wear dresses. We went to the local football (soccer) club and they had a nice ballroom which included a bar. I love being over 18 here. It's going to be sad to go home and not be able to buy alcohol legally (sorry maybe that's not what everyone wants to read!) 

The bar was stocked and crowded with people for most of the night, except for when the “Ceilidh” part of the night actually began. A band came in and took over for the DJ and played traditional Scottish music. It seemed that all of the boys knew each dance so they just grabbed unsuspecting girls and took them as their dance partners. All of the dances including a lot of hopping and twirling and just very classy, high speed steps. I was so impressed with the American girls who gamely took on these dances. I even joined in on a big dance that just involved throwing your arm around someone else’s and spinning in a circle. I was clueless though. Luckily I turned to my right and one of the Scottish girls told me that she was as well! So it wasn’t just me being a stupid American!

What I love the most about Scotland party scenes is the fact that there is almost zero grinding, and if there is, it’s face to face. Boys don’t just sneak up behind you. You have a conversation, you see their face at least! The boys have a better time jumping up and down and chanting than trying to get laid. They just want everyone to dance and have a great time. There are some Scottish girls that are rude but I’ve met quite a few that are SO fun to be around. Walking into the bathroom one of the girls was kissing everyone on the forehead including me. Another told us how much she loved the Americans here. So many of them asked if we felt welcome enough. It was a great night. I’m going to be sad when they leave next week.

Music wise, it’s pretty funny here. They listen to a lot of what I would call a mix of dubstep and light techno. When the beat is about to drop they start chanting “Here we, Here we, Here we fucking go.” But with their accents it sounds a little more like “Hewe”.

I wondered throughout the night about their American music choices, if they were influenced by us and what they thought we wanted to hear or if it’s really what they like. By the amount of people screaming the words at the top of their lungs, I figured they loved it. They played stuff like Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5″ and James Brown’s “I feel good” and more from that American Era. There was also a Swing dancing section of the party. At the end of the night they played a Grease medley before wrapping it up with their Scottish closing song that has the lyrics, “You take the high road, I’ll take the low road, and I’ll get to Scotland before ye.” I have to say that is so familiar to me, but I don’t remember singing “Scotland” where it is in that line. Either way, It was a lovely melancholy song to exit by.

It’s time to take a nap. We’re not doing anything tonight from what I know so we have time to catch up on the lack of sleep we’ve been getting!

Have a lovely day!

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