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Homecoming Scotland 2010

Homecoming Scotland 2010: A Journey Ten Years in the Making

Andrew on Prince's Street in June 2010

As producer of SimplyScottish.com and the new Simply Scottish Blog, I will launch the blog with coverage of my 2010 trip to Scotland. Born in Edinburgh in 1978, I left Scotland with my parents and sister in 1990, living in Texas for 11 years before moving to Seattle. I haven’t lived in Scotland in 20 years. I haven’t visited Scotland in 10 years. This year, I return to introduce my wife to my homeland. I’m also gathering material for the Simply Scottish Podcast, which launches Autumn 2010. Following are accounts of my experiences. Thanks for reading!

I grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city. I have many memories of growing up in and around the city, from the lollipop man who led us safely across the street toward school to playing football with my mates until it was too dark to see the ball. I remember family, friends, buildings, places, neighborhoods, pools, bus stops, lanes, closes, cobbled streets, hills, and chip shops. I remember churches, shopping centers, pubs, and the ice cream van. I remember walks and hideaways, childhood kisses and pranks. I remember sweeties and crisps, piano lessons and prams. All my memories of Scotland are archived in my mind. It is the Scotland of my youth – specifically, 1983 – 1990, from 5 to 11 years old. This year, almost all of these memories will be connected neurologically to brand new images, thoughts, and experiences. I return to the people and places of my youth as a 31-year old new daddy (2009) and relatively new husband (2008). I return as a fifth year teacher just finishing my Master’s in Teaching degree. I return as a wee boy who has grown up as a Scottish immigrant in the United States. Now Andrew the man will reminisce, celebrate, commiserate, and dialogue with Andrew the boy. The results should surprise, entertain, inform, and inspire.

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About Andrew

Scotland born and bred, Andrew McDiarmid is a writer and media specialist in the Seattle area. His work has appeared in the Washington Times, Scotland Magazine, Scots Magazine, Relevant Magazine, and other online and offline publications. He also produces Simply Scottish, a podcast of Scottish culture and music, available on iTunes, TuneIn, and other podcast apps.

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5 thoughts on “Homecoming Scotland 2010: A Journey Ten Years in the Making

  1. This made us cry as we also remember the memories of the past.
    It was a good time and not easily forgotten.
    We are thrilled you remember so much—this is so well written!
    Enjoy the Bonnie Scotland we all know so well.
    Her beauty never changes.
    Mum and Dad

    Posted by Samantha | June 16, 2010, 4:47 am
  2. Andrew as I read this first part of your journey as a boy in Scotland, then moving to America as you become a teenager(just about anyway)I think of my boy who is becoming a teenager too, then coming back to Scotland as a grown man and a Daddy, with a new wife very touching, I remember you holding my wee boy when he was a toddler, he is now nearly 13 now,(10 years ago). As you know I have two girls now too, that you havent met yet, life goes by very quickly. I would like to say Andrew, may you, your wife Amy and children Caledonia and Noah have a happy life together and please dont forget to visit whenever you can, God willing, we may even be able to visit you.

    Posted by yvonne butt | June 16, 2010, 12:18 pm
  3. Thats awesome and what great pics! I cant wait to hear all the dish! Love ya guys!

    Posted by Tashya | June 19, 2010, 8:33 pm
  4. I am looking forward to your next update. How exciting for you and your family Hallmark couldn’t do it any better. I must admit that I am a bit jealous. Will you be going out to the Outter Hebrides?

    Posted by Debera | June 21, 2010, 3:40 am
  5. Andrew I have always been interested in history I enjoyed reading about your Scottish heritage.

    Posted by Walter Adamson | June 26, 2010, 4:18 pm

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