I don't mean to sound braggy, but by the time you read this, I'll be in Scotland! We're taking a family vacation there in honour of my sister's birthday (which is today, so happy birthday, Roanna!) and mostly we're planning on drinking ourselves silly. I'll update you with a blog post when I come back in two weeks!
For now, here are three things about Scotland I love the most:
I come from a family of whisky drinkers. We like sitting around the kitchen table with a dram in hand - it's just our thing. Up until three years ago, I would join these kitchen table chats with some other drink - vodka or Alize or Baileys - but then we went to Scotland, hit up a couple of whisky distilleries, and now I'm a whisky drinker for life. The important thing about being a new whisky drinker is learning how to control your reaction so that you're not hacking and sputtering while everyone else looks at you bemusedly (although that can still happen, even if you've been drinking for a while). Yeah, sometimes it feels like there's a scorching trail leading down your throat and ending in a bonfire in your chest. But that's part of the fun, believe it or not.
I'd be the first to admit, though, that whisky is not for everyone and even seasoned drinkers can come across drinks they can't handle. A bit of advice: if you're new to the whisky lifestyle, avoid the "peaty" or smokey drinks. Unless, of course, you like a drink that tastes (and smells) like you just licked a burned Oktoberfest sausage, in which case, knock yourself out.
Fun fact: "whisky" (without an "e") refers to Scotch whisky while "whiskey" (with an "e") is used for Irish/American (and Canadian!) drinks.
I can't take a picture of an accent, so instead I've provided you with the next best thing: a photo of my favourite Scotsman, Twin Atlantic singer Sam McTrusty (you're welcome).
I don't think I need to explain to you how delicious Scottish accents are. In fact, I think I'll leave it to Sam to serenade you.
On a completely different note - how flippin' cute is this cow?! They're like the emo version of regular cows, with their floppy bands, but then the horns make them so hardcore...GAH, I JUST LOVE THEM SO MUCH. It's my dream to have a pet Highland cow (or "coo" as they're sometimes called) - I'd name him Coobert, and he'd be the greatest pet ever.
Apparently there are Highland cows in Canada, but they're all on the east coast, so I guess I have to move to the Maritimes.
Obviously, there are many other wonderful things about Scotland - their gorgeous landscapes, the food, the rich literary history, the culture in general - and I'm eager and excited to experience it all again. Let me know in the comments if there's something I absolutely have to see/do while in this glorious country!