I'm reminded of this by browsing for a holiday that I'm not going to be able to afford time or moneywise and coming upon the Scottish tourist board's Homecoming Scotland 2009 website. To mark the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns' birth, they've come up with a plan to invite the 25 million or so Scottish diaspora to 'come home' and visit Scotland... this year.
The one year I decided to visit Scotland in the summer it was already full-up, and I spent a week in a small room in Glasgow. It was an interesting experience in its own way, but fell disappointingly short of watching sunsets over the Western Isles. I've been back a couple of times since, but only in the cold.
The Homecoming 2009 website promises:
Robert BurnsAll rather cliched, though maybe that's what people still want from 'Scotland'. Anyway, this scion of the Scottish diaspora (one of my great-grandmothers was Scottish) is not heading up that way again soon, but if the mood for independence gets stronger who knows?
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