Carrying forward the 218-year-old tradition of celebrating Robert Burns on his birthday, a group of 50+ fans of Scotland, poetry, whisky, and the University of Edinburgh joined 9 million others around the world at a dinner in his honor.… Read More Burns Supper 2019
One sentence about each of the 50 countries I’ve visited in celebration of reaching my 50 countries by age 50 goal.… Read More 50 by 50:Reflections on Visiting 50 Countries
Today Scotland’s bard Robert Burns would have been 257. Why should you care? He wrote “Auld Lang Syne” Bob Dylan has credited Burns’ “A Red, Red Rose” as his single most important influence Salinger took the title of “Catcher in the Rye” from Burns’ “Coming Through the Rye” The title of Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” is… Read More Happy Birthday Robert Burns!
I just came across this awesome guy who is working on playing his bagpipes in every country. He’s (surprise!) Scottish and Irish, a University of Edinburgh grad who grew up in Shanghai. I’m so inspired! His name is Ross O’Connell Jennings and this is his website: http://www.thefirstpiper.com/ Update 2019: Ross has now piped in 100 countries!