Descended from a long line of Scots, it is only natural that I am obsessed with all things Scottish (or Celtic). My home is peppered with my family crest, my family tartans and numerous books on my family's history as well as the history of Scotland. I possess many "Scottish" traits: stubbornness, frugality, family pride, the ability to drink a man under the table (in my younger years, not so much anymore) and I am certainly "fierce when roused." I even tried to teach myself Gaelic (it's hard).
It should come as no surprise, then, that while on my way to work this morning as I was listening to NPR, I heard a promotion for a program called The Thistle and Shamrock. The hostess was clearly a Scot. I was immediately intrigued. When I got to work, I looked it up on the internet and instantly fell in love.
The Thistle and Shamrock is an hour long radio program that features the best of Scottish and Irish comtemporary and folk music. I started listening to one of their archived broadcasts and I feel as though I've been whisked away to my happy place--the Highlands.
Have you ever visited a place and instantly felt that your soul had found its home? I know, it sounds cheesy, but that is the best way to describe how I felt when I visited Scotland a few years ago. I was only there for a week but it was by far one of the most amazing, intense weeks of my life. I barely slept because I didn't want to waste a minute of time seeing everything I could see! Edinburgh was a beautiful city with amazing history (and great shopping!) but my spirit really came alive when I took a tour of the Highlands.
I cannot wait to go back! I ache for it! But in the meantime, I can listen to The Thistle and Shamrock and dream of a land far away that my soul calls home.
Images of Perthshire (my ancestral home), the Shaggy Beastie and Edinburgh courtesy of Flickr Scotland.