Global Images Contest 2005-2006

Honorable Mention

Scotland
Melissa Gray '06

I arrived in Britain with unformed expectations, half-expecting to find regional cultures disappointingly diluted by all things American. For the most part, this is was not the case in many parts of Europe I visited. In Scotland, the men do wear kilts and the people play bagpipes, dance ceilidhs and actually enjoy haggis- even when the tourists aren't looking. As a young American educated to be acutely aware of our often imperialist culture, the apparent durability the Scottish cultural identity was comforting. Three musicians along the main shopping street in Edinburgh one January morning typify a proud and living culture.

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