Afternoon all, I know I have not posted here for a while but I was having a discussion with Tweety on another thread and did not want to hijack it. (There is enough trouble on that thread already).
Hi Tweety, you do not need to be afraid of us - honest. As I said, we do like Americans. You are correct, no guns but the knife crime you are hearing about is mostly in London and mostly (sadly) between young black men. It is gang and drug related. Not saying Scotland does not have problems but you should not be bothered with it.
I do not live in Edinburgh but visit occasionally. The reason I mentioned money is because I was in a pub and an American lady sitting next to me said "Isn't your money cute." I will agree that it is a bit more colourful than American money having different colours for £5, £10, £20, £50 and rarer, £100. Plus you will see Bank of Scotland notes, Royal Bank of Scotland notes, Clydesdale Bank notes, Bank of England notes and in Edinburgh you may come across Irish bank notes. Don't worry, they are all spendable.
If you have free time in Edinburgh and are looking for some tea I can recommend Eteaket in Frederick Street in the new town, superb selection of teas (I like the 'life a peach') and nice cakes. In the old town you have The Royal Mile with the castle at the top and the Scottish parliament, Dynamic Earth and Palace of Holyrood House at the bottom with lots of shops, and pubs in between. Are you doing the Outlander thing?
Anyway, enjoy your visit when it comes. "Fàilte gu Alba."