Back to catching up on my adventures last year...
I may have mentioned that 2009 was the year of Homecoming for Scotland. It was the 250th anniversary of Robbie Burns' birth, and seemed like a good time to promote some tourism. I was just glad that it meant I got to do lots of Scottish things for once.
In early August, we had Tartan Day in Aberdeen. People wore their tartans (if they had them), and there were pipe bands and performances (not always Scottish, as the International Youth Festival was going on, as well, with loads of performances as a part of it) and street fair stalls and big-deal-events. I had completely forgotten about it, because Aberdeen does such a great job of advertising (yeah, right), and just happened upon it as I was wandering home from church (and yes, it was very lucky that I had actually decided to go to church that day).
As I was already on Belmont Street, I decided to wander through all the stalls of Scottish crafts and foods and goodies. At one of them, they were having a whisky tasting to set a Guinness World Record for the most people in a single one-day tasting. Of course, I selflessly decided I must help them reach their goal... and I forgot to take a photo! It was a fairly local whisky, but I can't remember which now. No, I didn't drink that much. I'm just forgetful. But the street was all decked out, as well, and I did take photos of all that.
Then I got McDonalds and went to eat on a bench in Castlegate. One of the International Youth performing groups was doing flag work, so I sat and watched.