Monday, August 1, 2011

Scottish Highland Games

Saturday the BF and I got out and went to the Scottish Highland Games. In some ways the event is almost like a Renaissance Festival, only instead of people wearing generally medieval costumes you get a bunch of people in kilts. And instead of various performers putting on random skits, you get various groups of children in kilts doing traditional Scottish dances, lots of bagpipe music, and burly giant men in kilts throwing sacks of hay around. But the vendors are about the same and the food trucks are about the same. There were still lots of swords and shields to be had.

The weather was beautiful for a change. We hit one of those rare sunny days we get out here in the Pacific Northwest. It was hot, but not too hot, and there were occasional breezes. The BF and I got our obligatory meat pies and scones and walked around looking at the vendors and listening to the music. We discovered a new band we had not heard of before and avoided spending any money, though we did see some pretty things amongst the vendors. The BF almost got some canned haggis, which sounds vile. He was curious to try it, being a professional chef and all, but opted on the side of caution and did not get it. Which is to say he chickened out.

I wish I could say the trip was cheap, but it wasn't as cheap as I would like. The Games were an hour or so away from where we live, so we ate up a lot of gas getting there. And then tickets were 15 bucks a pop. Then we had to pay for parking and food. So even with not purchasing anything, we spent a fair amount of money we shouldn't have. But it was nice to get out and enjoy the weather and walk around the festival. And the food was delicious, and something we can't get anywhere else, so that was a plus. I don't regret going, I just wish it wasn't as expensive as it was.

Later this month will be the actual Renaissance Festival which I plan on us going to as well. What can I say, I'm a sucker for medieval events.

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