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"I’m a scientist, and I came to Geneva from Glasgow to work at CERN in 1969, so I could do my experiments. I did not want to leave Scotland, but the science was better over here. The most difficult part about moving to a new place is my accent, which is now much better than it was. I always had to repeat myself three times - I’d ask for hot chocolate and get an omelette! But slowly it improved as I met more people and, as our language improved, we finally integrated exrtremely well.
I decided to stay in Geneva, because it was a wonderful time to stay in CERN and Geneva is a great place too. I learned to ski in Scotland, so coming here was like coming to Paradise. But we still keep our traditions. I have three sons and all of them play Scottish national instruments: two play the bag pipes, and the third plays the violin.
We came here as economic migrants, but also as cultural migrants."