New Expat Home in Edinburgh

expat in Edinburgh

We’ve been living in Scotland since last October, but we’ve finally made the move into Edinburgh! Our new flat (see how Scottish I am now?) offers me the chance to more easily explore my new expat home. From here, I can wander this gorgeous city by foot or public transport, and I can easily head out for a day trip with the convenience of a train station only a few minutes’ walk away.

While I adored our old home on Main Street in a cute little town outside of Edinburgh, living in the suburbs without a car makes getting around a bit more challenging. The entire UK has extraordinary public transportation, at least in comparison to the U.S. However, getting around still requires a lot of time and planning ahead when you’re outside of a metropolitan area.

Now that we’re in town (another local colloquialism), I’ll have the chance to check out so much more of my new expat home. It’s all still new to me – there is always more to discover! Even if you’ve lived in your home for years, there is bound to be a new restaurant, cafe, pub, art display, outdoor market, or live show. You don’t need to travel far to learn and to explore.

Edinburgh castle farmers market

There is a reason I love writing about expat life, and it’s not for all the travel-related tips and tricks. I love showing locals how unique their home truly is, while also encouraging visitors and residents alike to look deeper and to learn more about the world around them. Life is constantly changing around us; we can’t just sit around doing the same routine day after day, year after year. We would miss out on endless opportunities to grow, to learn, and to better understand one another.

In a world where rhetoric divides us and neighbors are strangers, you can break the mold. As an expat, that’s a requirement in order to survive in your new home. You must meet people and make connections in order to learn the local ways of life and to feel welcome.

But even if you’re not an expat, you can never stop exploring and expanding your boundaries. Look up from the phone, say hello to the person next to you, and break down a wall. You won’t regret it.

For right now, I’m enjoying the view from my new flat…especially at sunset when gorgeous golden light fills my home. Whether in Roatan or Edinburgh, it never fails to make me smile.

sunset view from Edinburgh flat


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We’ve been living in Scotland since last October, but we’ve finally made the move into Edinburgh! Our new flat (see how Scottish I am now?) offers me the chance to more easily explore my new expat home. From here, I can wander this gorgeous city by foot or public transport, and I can easily head out for a day trip with the convenience of a train station only a few minutes’ walk away.

While I adored our old home on Main Street in a cute little town outside of Edinburgh, living in the suburbs without a car makes getting around a bit more challenging. The entire UK has extraordinary public transportation, at least in comparison to the U.S. However, getting around still requires a lot of time and planning ahead when you’re outside of a metropolitan area.

Now that we’re in town (another local colloquialism), I’ll have the chance to check out so much more of my new expat home. It’s all still new to me – there is always more to discover! Even if you’ve lived in your home for years, there is bound to be a new restaurant, cafe, pub, art display, outdoor market, or live show. You don’t need to travel far to learn and to explore.

Edinburgh castle farmers market

There is a reason I love writing about expat life, and it’s not for all the travel-related tips and tricks. I love showing locals how unique their home truly is, while also encouraging visitors and residents alike to look deeper and to learn more about the world around them. Life is constantly changing around us; we can’t just sit around doing the same routine day after day, year after year. We would miss out on endless opportunities to grow, to learn, and to better understand one another.

In a world where rhetoric divides us and neighbors are strangers, you can break the mold. As an expat, that’s a requirement in order to survive in your new home. You must meet people and make connections in order to learn the local ways of life and to feel welcome.

But even if you’re not an expat, you can never stop exploring and expanding your boundaries. Look up from the phone, say hello to the person next to you, and break down a wall. You won’t regret it.

For right now, I’m enjoying the view from my new flat…especially at sunset when gorgeous golden light fills my home. Whether in Roatan or Edinburgh, it never fails to make me smile.

sunset view from Edinburgh flat


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Edinburgh expat on Pinterest


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Amanda Walkins

Expat writer and passionate proponent of seeking happiness, wherever it leads you. Your options are endless. Whether you are retired, working, or studying, don't be afraid to follow your own path. Do good and be happy.