Quote of the Day - KILT, n. A costume sometimes worn by Scotchmen in America and Americans in Scotland.
This post is the third installment of MIPTC's travel series, the first of which started on April 2, 2006. Please scroll down and read that post first, and then following in date order.
The country of Scotland is not very big, however, and is just a smidgen smaller than the state of South Carolina. It has four not-too-remarkable ski resorts (when compared to their counterparts on the continent) but nonetheless present some challenging skiing and good facilities for learning. The countryside is mostly agricultural, filled with crops of barley, malt and wheat and herds of sheep and cattle. There is an unusual animal known locally as a "Heilein coo," which Americans would pronounce "Highland cow."
Scots have also managed to make an art of the treatment of malt, water and yeast, combining those ingredients into a wonderful mixture we would call Scotch whiskey, but we typically referred to as just Scotch. Locally, it's called whisky (see the bottle). There are so many distilleries and different types of Scotch, however, that if you tried a different one each evening, you'd have to stay in Scotland just over four years.
Crops and animals share similarities to their US counterparts, but the legal system is markedly different, and slightly different than the English system. There are only some 400 'Advocates' practicing law in Scotland who are entitled to appear in front of the Lord justices in court. They practice together in the 'Advocates stable,' and still wear robes and white wigs. MIPTC's judge gives a tip of his wig to these lawyers and judges. If you need non-court legal assistance here, you can engage a Solicitor, who also sells real estate. Not surprising for those thrifty Scots.
It's a country well worth a visit, not only for its beautiful scenery, but also for the wonderfully friendly people here. All you need now is a ticket. You can get a kilt here when you arrive.
The journey's not over yet. More to follow.