How to live in Scotland’s most expensive city
As a teenager, I lived in a small village in Scotland, called Loch Lomond, and watched its residents and their friends struggle to make ends meet.
When I got married in 2014, my first family was in Scotland and I’d never heard of the city of Aberdeen.
My husband, who is Scottish, told me that there was no place in Aberdeen that was more expensive than Loch Lumond, but I was still unsure if the city was the cheapest.
I wanted to know how much it cost to live there, so I looked up the price of each house.
I was shocked.
The cost was in the hundreds of thousands of pounds a year.
When you add in the expenses for living and working, it’s no wonder that many young people are turning to the cheap accommodation market in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
For me, living in Scotland was an opportunity to experience new things, to see the country and its people for the first time, to learn new things about life, and to discover something I’d been missing out on.
When I moved to Edinburgh, I bought my first home in Scotland for £500,000, which at the time was the biggest single purchase I’d ever made.
When the mortgage on the property was due in 2021, I sold it for a record-breaking £1.1bn, making me the richest person in Scotland.
For a while, I was in love with Scotland, its people and its capital.
The only way I could ever repay the loan was to buy a house in Scotland again.
But after spending years living in different cities in the United Kingdom and abroad, and having to buy another home, I knew that my investment was not sustainable and that I would have to move back to my hometown.
So, I decided to go back to Scotland.
Since moving back, I have made an effort to pay more attention to my lifestyle and to make my own decisions about spending money.
I have a strict no-frills approach to my budget and spend less on food, clothing and other things that can add to my bill.
I no longer shop at Costco, Costco Superstore and Walmart, instead opting to buy things that are more locally-sourced.
I also no longer pay the full price of my mortgage because I’m not dependent on the government for my payments.
I’m also more open to other ways of living in the country, and I’m trying to spend more time with my family and friends, who I still love.
I’m not just living in Edinburgh anymore, I’m living in it as well.
There’s a lot of new places in Edinburgh that I haven’t been able to visit, but there are also places that I miss.
I miss the quietness of the villages, the green of the hills and the lovely view of the mountains and sea.
I love to be outside and in nature, so when I go there, I enjoy going to the lake, watching the sun go down over the city, the scenery of the fields and forests, the sounds of nature and the smell of the sea.
Every year, I come to visit the villages of Loch Lums and the other villages in the village of Tait, and when I’m there, it is like coming home again.
Living in Scotland is different for everyone, but it is the best way I can describe my experience in life.