“Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get” a quote attributed to or made famous by Mark Twain is an apposite quotation to describe what happened in Scotland last week. The media and visitors to Scotland may have been taken by surprise with the wintery weather, but locals certainly were not.
This week with the sun shining and snowdrops and crocuses once again blooming, it is hard to believe that only a few days ago people were struggling to get to work, schools were closed and Edinburgh was shut down.
It is well-known that Scotland’s weather is changeable. Sayings that “If you don’t like the weather, just wait half an hour and it’ll change” or “You often can experience four seasons in one day” are commonly heard. Remember however that Scotland is located at the centre of not one, but four weather systems. It gets wet maritime weather from the west across the Atlantic Ocean. Arctic winds sweep in from the north, continental winds from the east and warm tropical winds from the south. Is it any wonder that Scottish weather is changeable?
Locals know this and expect winter storms, snow, rain and wind in winter. As the universal saying goes “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes (or shoes!)”. Experiencing whatever meteorological conditions Scotland throws at you, is just part of an unforgettable stay here. So do not let the climate or weather put you off visiting and studying English in stunning Scotland.
News from the school
The enthusiasm of our students for learning English was demonstrated by the fact that last week, despite the snowstorms and cancellation of all public transport in Edinburgh, almost all students made their way to school on foot, walking for up to two hours to get here.
Only two of our teachers could not travel in from outside Edinburgh but were able to carry on teaching their one-to-one classes using Skype. Hooray for technology!
ECS Scotland continues to attract a diverse group of students. Currently we have students from Chile, Italy, France, Japan, Switzerland and Argentina all working hard to increase their English language skills and showing how cross-cultural communication works in practice.
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