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.