09 Jul Aberdeen to Texas
Dave Andrews is a Drilling Supervisor in the
oil sector for Chevron
1) Where did you grow up and when did you leave Scotland?
I was born and grew up in Aberdeen.
2) What is your job/sector and how many countries have you lived in?
I am currently a Drilling Supervisor in the Oil sector for Chevron in Angola. I have lived in Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the U.S.A, I immigrated to the U.S.A in 2005 and lived in Southern California for 2 years before settling in a small town called Lakeway outside the Texas state capital Austin.
3) Do you sometimes visit bonny Scotland?
I have not been in Scotland since July 2007.
4) What do people in your host country think of Scots and Scotland?
I live in Texas and people here are very positive towards Scots and Scotland.
5) Should haggis be a protected species?
6) Has living abroad changed the way you think about Scotland?
Somewhat, some positive some not so. I don’t see Scotland or the UK for that matter as the great leader it once was. I am however very proud to be a Scot.
7) What do you miss most and least about the auld country?
I miss a nice pub and the beautiful scenery of Royal Deeside and the west coast the most, I miss my home town of Aberdeen the least.
8) What about the independence referendum coming up? How will it affect you and Scotland’s international image?
I don’t believe independence is a good idea, I think the UK is stronger together, especially on the international stage. I would like to see us come out of the EU.
9) When are you coming home for good and do you have a message for Scots back home?
I have no plans to return to Scotland at present.