Carolyn Goldman is a professional skydiver in the USA
1) Why did you leave Scotland?
Left Scotland off and on, during school holidays, to pursue my desire to travel and experience difference cultures and languages.
2) Where did you grow up and at what age did you leave Scotland?
Grew up in Edinburgh, left Scotland for good around my mid 20s although I return several times a year.
3) What is your job/sector and how many countries have you lived in?
I am a professional skydiver, teaching and doing aerial video and photography. Last "real" job was a simultaneous translator for OECD in Paris.
Countries lived in: France, Germany, Austria, Holland, Corsica, Switzerland, Spain, South Africa, Australia, Indonesia, South America, Japan, USA.
So, that makes 13 that I have actually lived and worked in. I have travelled around and visited intensively, many, many more.
- Cumbernauld to Malaysia
- An Edinburgher in Wisconsin
- From Cranhill to Qatar
- A Scotsman in Bangkok
- Aberdeen to Boston
- East Kilbride to Regensburg
4) Do you show pictures of the Loch Ness Monster to the locals?
No I do not. But I am often asked about her.
5) Which citizenship do you have and which languages do you speak?
I hold both British and US citizenship and consider myself Scottish, when asked.
I speak French fluently, some German, a little Spanish and have virtually forgotten the four years of Russian I studied!
6) Has living abroad changed the way you think about Scotland?
Yes and no. I miss Scotland, miss the culture and the people but not the politics, taxes and for sure, the weather.
7) Are there any Scottish products you would like to be able to buy?
Oatcakes, BBQ Hula Hoops, Andrews Liversalts, Scottish cheddar, Branston pickle, bran scones, Robertson's lemon curd, black pudding to name but a few.
8) What about the independence referendum coming up? How will it affect you and Scotland’s international image?
I am Scottish first and foremost but do not think Scotland is strong or large enough to stand on our on therefore I am against independence.
9) Have you ever had problems or found that people treat you differently because you are Scottish?
My husband of 11 years often cannot understand some of the terminology I come out with. Upon learning I am Scottish, almost every American says, "I come from there too, waaaay back" but can seldom tell you from which ancestor and many are not too sure exactly where Scotland lies.
Often, I am told my English is very good for a second language.
10) Do you have any plans for living in Scotland again and have you got a message for Scots back home?
No plans to move back here.
Scots are the toughest people I know and I admire and aspire to their level of tenacity and stoicism.
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