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Old 31st December 2014, 08:49
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Red face Hi from Canada :)

What a great forum! I can nearly taste the culture already! (anyone for a pint?)

I hope to get in touch with my family roots, back to my Thompson(father) and Grant(mother) heritage! I plan to visit Scotland with my mother this Spring/Summer/Fall? (you tell me, which is best?)

I am looking for tips on where to go for the real thing - not a tourist trap experience! Perhaps I can even get to know the inside scoop from those who live in the area.

My ideal trip would include a four to six week stint in a humble flat, near a good pub, a good cafe, a good market, and in an area with paths to walk to, and places to sit and just be.

Sure, I should see the castles, and the ocean is always a pleasure to splash around in, but I want as much to see the people, and the culture, not sure the scenery!

I like to walk/hike, ride horses, swim (glacier-fed waterfalls are the best ), cliff-dive, explore, and touch a piece of history. I like to take in each new adventure and really live it, not just hide behind a camera (or a cellphone) taking pictures ...

I am very familiar with the Rocky Mountains in Western Canada, I live in the open and beautiful plains of Alberta, and have traveled several times to the US and to Mexico. I have travelled by train, plane, car, and ship.

Anyone interested in house swapping for the Summer? You can see dinosaurs (granted, they have been dead a while now), desert, Rocky Mountains, glaciers, pine woods, wheat fields, and rodeos ... all in an hour or two of driving!
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Old 1st January 2015, 01:48
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Hi there peanut! Welcome. Just so you know, this is an American owned site, not everyone is from Scotland or even the UK, but we tend to be pretty friendly!
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Old 2nd January 2015, 20:42
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Thanks for the response!

I see the members here are a mixture, but figured that this was an American-based site (being .com, not .uk)

This looks like a great place to start for some advice, from both side of the Big Blue!
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Old 5th January 2015, 16:01
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Welcome! A pint sounds good right now . . .
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Old 6th January 2015, 03:55
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Thanks!

Yes, a good beer has amazing, magical powers! If you are too damn hot, it cools you down ... or today, for example, when it is a balmy -35 degrees Celsius outside, I like to pour myself a tall pint of "liquid courage" before stumbling out to the yard to shovel my way to the car....

A pint would be a lovely thing! Who is with me???
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