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CultureShock! Scotland

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CultureShock! Scotland provides a fresh look at this country of contrasts. Chock-full of useful tips and information, this book will guide you on how to settle seamlessly in Scotland, the land reowneded for its kilts, ceilidh dances, hoggis and its great outdoors. Discover what the Scots are truly like, what matters to them and how you can fit into this generous and warm society. Find out more about the nuts and bolts of making your home in Scotland, how to choose the right accommodation, how to brave the erratic weather and even how to set up your own business. Scotland offers much fun and distractions as well, and the book highlights some of these exciting activities, such as the famous Edinburgh festival for some great performance arts and favourite Scottish pastimes-fishing and golf. CultureShock! Scotland is your all-encompassing guide to finding your way in Scotland and making the country your own.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. About the Series
  5. Contents
  6. Introduction
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. Dedication
  9. Map of Scotland
  10. Chapter 1 First Impressions
    1. A Wee Nip in the Air
    2. A True Scotsman
    3. The Country that Time Forgot
    4. Big Country
  11. Chapter 2 Overview of the Land and History
    1. Scot-Land
    2. History
    3. The Scottish Parliament
    4. ‘I’ is For Independence
    5. Flags and Anthems
    6. Religion
  12. Chapter 3 The Scots
    1. Popular Scottish Stereotypes
    2. Divided We Stand
    3. So What Makes Them Tick?
    4. Traditions
  13. Chapter 4 Fitting In
    1. Pace of Life
    2. Perceptions of Strangers
    3. Manners
    4. Going Out
    5. Key Rituals
    6. Homosexuality
  14. Chapter 5 Settling In
    1. Visas and Work Permits
    2. A Roof For the Night
    3. Rented Accommodation
    4. Buying Your Own Home
    5. Telephones
    6. Internet
    7. Number Crunching
    8. Transportation
    9. Around Town
    10. Driving in Scotland
    11. The Colour of Money
    12. Post
    13. Crime
    14. The Welfare State
    15. Entertainment for Children
    16. Education
    17. Shopping
  15. Chapter 6 Food and Entertaining
    1. Meals
    2. Haggis’n Clapshot
    3. The Gravy Train
    4. Doughnut Heaven
    5. Pudding
    6. Eat, Drink and Be Merry
    7. Food Shopping
    8. Whisky
    9. Entertaining
  16. Chapter 7 Leisure and Entertainment
    1. Music
    2. Dance
    3. Clubs
    4. Art
    5. Theatre
    6. Literature
    7. The Press
    8. Television
    9. Calendar of Festivals and Holidays
    10. The Great Outdoors
    11. Fishing
    12. Golf is Great
    13. The Highland Games
    14. Tossing the CowPat
    15. Snow Lines
  17. Chapter 8 Do You Ken?
    1. Gaelic
    2. Speak Scots
    3. Hot Conversation Tips
    4. Body Language
  18. Chapter 9 Doing Business
    1. The Economy
    2. Social Customs At Work
    3. Parlez Vous Anglais?
    4. Stress
    5. Job Hunting
    6. Business in Scotland
    7. Employees’ Rights
    8. The Tax Man
    9. Setting Up Your Own Business
  19. Chapter 10 Fast Facts
    1. Famous People
    2. Modern Day Celebrities
    3. Acronyms in Politics
    4. Places of Interest
  20. Culture Quiz
  21. Do’s and Don’ts
  22. Glossary
  23. Resource Guide
  24. Further Reading
  25. About the Author
  26. Index