Saturday, May 16, 2009

Seeing Differently

A friend from the States has been visiting. For many reasons, among them that it is not easy to get here, I am always grateful for the intrepid visitors who make it to the edge of the earth. After praying for decent weather--we had one gorgeous day--the next challenge is to think what is most important to see or to do to characterize this part of the world.

Tartan and whisky and wooly cows are elements that are associated with here and certainly describe it, but they can be ordered from the internet. Stunning scenery of lochs and moors and such are also available, for viewing or purchase via the internet. So as with any travel it comes down to those things that can be experienced personally, directly, and hence uniquely.

We have packed a lot of that into a little over two days. I'll talk some more about that (and hope my guest will too) in other posts.

Now it is time for that other element of visiting--the stories shared over breakfast porridge or enroute to the formal experiences.


At 3:35 AM, Anonymous ampiggy said...

Oh, but the scenery on the internet and in other visual arts is absolutely nothing like the scenery in real life, and the smells, and the experiences, for instance of walking on those lichen-covered rocks which the waves will soon (gasp) cover. I look forward to hearing what you did do and see.

At 8:40 AM, Blogger landgirl said...

It was a joy to have Matt here. I think he had a good time. We certainly enjoyed having him. We went to Orkney on the new catamaran Pentalina II and had a great meal at a restaurant called the Schoolhouse because it is in the old schoolhouse at John o Groats. The chef is both a good cook and fond of words. For soup we had London Particular--a 19th century word for the fogs that were unique to London. In this case, a metaphor reversed, we had pea soup as thick as a London fog. Even better than that was my dessert--a Lemon Posset. Posset is one of those words that just invites you to dive into it, so I did.


Post a Comment

<< Home