My Move to Scotland


After six worrisome months of repeatedly banging my head against my desk and encountering nothing but dead-end after dead-end; I still find it hard to believe that I can truly say that I am a resident of Aberdeen, Scotland.

Isn’t it funny that you work so hard for something and then the minute it’s accomplished those vivid memories of tears, struggle and pure hopelessness seem to just vanish?

ANYWAYS I am ecstatic and so incredibly grateful to be here. The first thoughts involving this big move to Scotland started about a year ago. Last January I left for a study abroad program in Buenos Aires, Argentina instilling in both Dalton (my boyfriend) and I the excitement and wonder of travel and life in faraway places. His post-graduation plans have always been to pursue his dream of opening a Physical Therapy practice so he had just began browsing Physical Therapy Graduate programs. To receive a Master’s in Physical Therapy and practice within the United States the program must be accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association and there are only three programs outside the states that have this accreditation – two in Canada (eh) and Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland  – Bingo!

So while I was galavanting around Argentina, Dalton was applying to Robert Gordon University and this past August was accepted. Cue the popping of champagne and the stark realization of ‘How the hell am I going to be able to live and work in the United Kingdom?!’

This brings us to the six month eternity of nail-biting, computer smashing, unattractive tantrums and hair loss. (Just kidding…. Kind of). Literally the day before I was going to have to change my flights I was notified that my Tier 4 Dependent Visa was approved. Great big exhale.

While spending countless hours scouring the internet for possible work visas, I had stumbled upon a volunteer Field Blogging position for Verge Magazine – a travel magazine geared towards traveling with purpose. I was accepted and am now very excited to start blogging with Verge, my first post should be up any day now! I’ll publish excerpts of my posts here, linking to the Verge article – however they will be back dated a couple of weeks.

I am so excited for the adventures to come – the Aberdeen vs. Celtic football (soccer) rivalry game next week, attending a Scottish Ceilidh (traditional dance), watching SuperBowl 50 at 11:30 pm in an ‘American’ bar, visiting the home of the infamous BrewDog Brewery, Whisky tasting, visiting castles, exploring the highlands. And smaller ‘normal’ things as well – moving into our flat, getting a job, figuring out bank accounts, insurance numbers and how this whole public healthcare thing works.

I hope you stay tuned and enjoy following this journey of an American expat figuring out life in Scotland!

2017-01-05T18:53:22+00:00 January 29th, 2016|Life, Scotland, Thoughts, Travel, UK|7 Comments

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  1. Kim January 29, 2016 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    Love this! So happy for you, can’t wait to read the posts and learn about your journey. And of course – can’t wait to come and visit.

    • sydpaulsen January 29, 2016 at 5:55 pm - Reply

      Thank you! 🙂 Can’t wait for you guys to come out here as well! Love you and miss you

  2. Kris Peterson January 29, 2016 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    I love Scotland! Sonja spent a semester there we went to visit and fell in love with it. You will love it there too! Cheers! Kris

    • sydpaulsen January 30, 2016 at 9:09 am - Reply

      Thanks Kris! I’ll definitely need to ask Sonja where her favorite places were 🙂 I’m overwhelmed by how much there is to see!

  3. kathy February 1, 2016 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    The journey continues…
    Thanks for blogging your thoughts and adventures so we can share your world!

  4. Samantha Miller April 11, 2016 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    I’m so excited I found your blog. Such an exciting adventure. I hope you guys are doing well. Hugs to you and Dalton. Tell him Sammy loves him.

    • sydpaulsen April 11, 2016 at 4:22 pm - Reply

      Hi! I’m so happy you found it 🙂 Miss you guys, can’t wait to see you again. You’re always welcome to come stay with us if you make it out here!!

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