There are lots of things to consider before studying abroad. I’d thought long and hard before coming to Scotland, about loads of potential problems. Would I understand the accent? Would it be easy to make friends in a new country? What would the differences be from a cultural point of view?
As it turned out, I settled in well, and the potential “issues” were anything but. There was one thing, though, that I hadn’t considered...the food!
In Nigeria, I was used to eating things like amala (a Nigerian black pudding...nothing like the Scottish one!), egusi soup and jollof rice.
In Scotland...it’s not always easy to get these things, although (and here’s a tip, if you’re coming from Africa) - there are quite a few good African food shops, if you look around.
But even if you don’t, there’s a lot to love about Scottish cuisine, and I wanted to share some of my favourite dishes that I think every international student should try.
1. Black pudding
I’d had Nigerian black pudding...which is vegetarian friendly. I was really surprised when I found out that Scottish black pudding is not; and Scottish people would be equally surprised that I felt this way! The taste is quite different from what it’s made of – you wouldn’t think for one second that it is made from pork or beef blood!