1. Word of the week: Brilliant! (Just don’t say “Pure dead briliant.” Just….don’t do it.)
2. “Failte” – a Gaelic word meaning welcome
3. “There’s a want about them” – something’s missing upstairs
4. Silvercross – a brand of baby carriage I MUST have if I ever have a baby! This one below? A cool £1,450. (@SilverCross_UK)
5. No, Scotland does not celebrate Thanksgiving (dang, save me a turkey leg). On the bright side, they do have my new favorite shot of all time: Butterscotch Schnapps!
6. Navigating the bus system has been tricky at first (stood on the wrong side of the road the first time) but I’m getting the hang of it now. It’s SO much more economical than taxis! A ride to work in a cab is about £14 versus £1.90 on the bus. Easy math! Bus, please! My favorite app to use for this, recommended by a colleague: Traveline Scotland (@TravelineScot).
7. A “pantomime” is traditional British theatre for Christmas – audience interactive, meant for kids but done for adults. I think I’ll try to see “A Christmas Carol” coming up at the Citizens Theatre (@citizenstheatre).
8. There is a mega mall right next to my job!! Yikes! Help me. It’s called Braehead and so far I’ve found some fantastic elbow-length grey wool gloves there, a beautiful cream furry hat and a blowdryer from my new favorite beauty store, Boots (which is like our Ulta in the states). | @intuBraehead
9. Stores close at 7:00 typically! What the world! My favorite one so far: T.K. Maxx in Buchanan Galleries – right at the end of Sauchiehall St. in City Centre. Just like it’s US cousin, T.J. Maxx (yes!!). | @TKMaxx_UK
10. They’re big on plastic bags here. I quickly learned to carry my own bags with me for random trips to Tesco (local mini-grocery store) and big IKEA bags for items from T.K. Maxx, IKEA, etc. If you don’t bring your own bags, they’ll charge you for new ones. The point is to reduce litter and promote recycling. Good stuff Glasgow, I like it!