I remember back in my job-hunting days the following sentence: “be willing to work in the field under the Scottish weather.” I also remember how I thought that was very funny… but not anymore!
I have been living here for almost 6 months and I have learned (the hard way) the truth of the Scottish weather, as well as understood the great value of sunny days! Just for you to understand I will explain briefly how I experienced this winter in Scotland...
To put it shortly I felt like a huge grey cloud came early in November and stood there until a couple of weeks ago. I woke up at 7am in a black sky, had lunch at 1pm in a dark grey sky, and as days grew closer to Christmas I could see how the black horizon appeared earlier and earlier (gosh... I think some days it was pitch-black before 3pm!). To me, it looked like I was living in a permanent night! I would have probably overslept if it wasn’t for my alarm! I also remember hating rainy days because I got home soaked, and hating the (maybe 4?) dry days because it was freaking cold. And storms! I can’t forget the storms and how they devastated 2 of our umbrellas (may they RIP).
I remember going back to Spain for Christmas and how it felt like Summer again and I had to restrain myself from wearing shorts. Then, thanks to my “wet” tales of Scotland I got some brand new waterproof gear and everything improved. The soaking days were (almost) over (stormy-proof gear is still to be invented), snow came and I had some nice (and slippery-aaaah *crash*… and painful) times with my girlfriend.
I know I might have exaggerated with the title, but the truth is that there wasn’t much sun at all this winter.