So, if you happen to find a Scottish lad who you like and you think may like you, I would say this: HANG IN THERE, GIRL. The thing to remember about guys - Canadian, American, Scottish or otherwise - is that they tend to Look, I don't make the rules, just the observations, ok?
But in my experience, there seems to be a more old-fashioned approach to how men are perceived and portrayed in the UK than in Canada.
For example, it's not really polite to directly ask someone what they do for a living.
Sure, that is the second thing we ask each other in North America, right after "What's your name? So instead, you need to find these sort of details out in a roundabout way.
Sure, you may be used to being directly asked this by a dude in Canada but over here? You see, here in the UK/ Scotland, there is a lot more happening than what would appear on the surface.
For example, in a busy bar, rather than a barman/woman openly asking who is next (although sometimes they do), there is a subtle social interaction taking place.
I get a surprising amount of emails from women - mainly American and Canadian - about dating Scottish men: e.g. North American dude; what does it mean when a Scottish guy asks them out for a drink with all his friends and so on and so forth.
Most of the time I respond because they're just looking for advice/ perspective and as everyone knows, I have publicly lamented about dating in this country so I am more than happy to pass on what I have learned, if anything.
Indeed, I would say that it's rapidly changing for the better.
The word and idea makes people uneasy - perhaps it is, once again, too forth right and too straight-forward (I KNOW, RIGHT?!
) Scottish people wouldn't think too much about sleeping with a near stranger they met in a club, but asking for their number and to take them out for a meal? This isn't a judgement on a nation - just a mere lifeline for confused North American ladies.
The same cannot be said about Scottish men, I'm afraid.
Which brings me to my first point: This takes some getting used to.