Scotland Verses England - UK

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Going to UK is an exciting experience. But staying in UK can be quite mind-boggling. I went to UK innocent and curious but along the way curiosity turned to confusion and frustrations at times.

UK is made up of Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland. I landed in Aberdeen, Scotland, which I find breathlessly beautiful. I love all the beautiful castles, the serene country feel and the simple, slow life compared to the hectic life in many other cities.

Scottish £10 note

Scottish £10 note

The frustration came when one day I was visiting London………my Scottish money DIDN’T work! I went into a charity shop, Cancer Research UK. I had only £10 with me. I bought an item for £6.50. At the counter, the straight-faced man took a glance at my hand and asked sternly, ‘What’s that?’ I replied, ‘Scottish money’. Immediately he replied, ‘We don’t accept that’. Then I asked, ‘Do you take debit card?’ He said,’Yes’. That’s strange. My card was from Bank of Scotland. I actually felt angry. I actually wondered whether it was arrogance or ignorance. I didn’t want to ask further. I learned in life never to argue with an arrogant or angry person.

Cancer Research UK (a charity shop)

Cancer Research UK (a charity shop)

Really unhappy at what I experienced, I was determined to find another charity shop to try out my £10 Scottish money.  After a long walk, I was delighted to find Barnardos, hoping very much that I wouldn’t meet another nasty fellow. After browsing through, I didn’t know what to buy, but I want to use my Scottish money. In the end, I bought a cookbook….another one to add to my huge collection of cookbooks! I told myself that I’m helping the children as Barnardos is a charity for children and children always have a special place in my heart.

Barnardos (a charity shop)

Barnardos (a charity shop)

I walked to the counter….and….the elderly lady there gave me a sweet smile. That’s so sweet of her. Fantastic customer service! Immediately I was hopeful that my Scottish money would work. I asked, ‘Do you accept Scottish money?’ Immediately she replied, ‘Of course we do. It’s legal.’ And she happily took the money. She was happy and I was happy too. At least I accomplished my little mission and my day turned out well. It’s a lesson learned……always bring with you money that bear the Queen’s image on them if you are ever in England. Now I wonder whether the Scottish money works in Wales and Ireland.

Have you had some bad experiences with currencies? Do share and comment in the comment box below.

Thought of the day……

‘To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.’


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One Comment

Robert  on July 23rd, 2009

That happens to me every time I go to London! I think it might be because most London people have never been to Scotland. Or maybe they don’t know that Scotland is actually a part of the UK!

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