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    Greetings from Switzerland

    Hi all

    My name is Gin (yes, that's actually my real... nickname) and I have always been fascinated by those islands to the northwest of european mainland. I have been to England and Ireland multiple times and am looking forward to my first journey to Scotland in 2018.

    I love my whisky, the pipes & drums and each and every one of the few Scots I know so far. Luckily my fiancÚ shares this love. This is why I, without any genetic connections to Scotland, intend to wear a kilt at our wedding. I have gathered some theoretical understanding of this great garment but, as you can imagine, there are many questions floating around in my head. So I am very glad to have found this forum.

    Being Swiss, my first question goes to @Riverkilt: What is it with the drunk yelling "Hey Switzerland!!"? Excuse my ignorance, but I just don't get how anyone could mistake a kilt for a Swiss attribute of some sorts.

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    To be polite, the man yelling "Hey Switzerland!" seemed to be from another country just south of the U.S., very intoxicated, and probably not well versed on Scottish history. He was panhandling for change to buy more booze and I'm guessing my uniqueness fueled his ambition that he could score some change from me - not knowing that at that time I was an alcoholism counselor running a detox facility.

    Best he could conger up from his besotted mind was that kilts were from somewhere that started with an S.

    Pure conjecture. No telling what damage booze had already done to his brain or how much geography/history he learned in his youth.

    For me, it was extremely funny - but you kinda had to be there...
    Ol' Macdonald himself, a proud son of Skye and Cape Breton Island
    Lifetime Member STA. Two time winner of Utilikiltarian of the Month.
    "I'll have a kilt please, a nice hand sewn tartan, 16 ounce Strome. Oh, and a sporran on the side, with a strap please."

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    Thanks for the reply Riverkilt. The thing that went through my mind though is this: Had it been me with the kilt, he would have been right for the wrong reason. Life's strange sometimes.

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    Welcome from Ireland

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    Welcome from a Scotsman living in middle England.

    I, too, wondered about the Switzerland reference. As well as beginning with "S", both countries are noted for their lakes and mountains.

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    Hello and welcome from Southern California.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiltedjohn View Post
    Welcome from a Scotsman living in middle England.

    I, too, wondered about the Switzerland reference. As well as beginning with "S", both countries are noted for their lakes and mountains.
    That is very true indeed. But only one of them has the kilt.

    As stated above I intend to get married in a kilt but will have to get measured at a Swiss kilt shop and a proper Full Highland Dress ordered for me from Scotland. I hope that goes well.

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    Hello Gin!
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    Hello Gin and welcome from Toronto.
    St. Andrew's Society of Toronto

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    Welcome to the "Great Rabble!"
    Rev'd Father Bill White: Parish priest, retired school Principal, lover of God, people, dogs, joy, humour, clarity. Theologian, teacher, leader, philosopher, linguist, dreamer, traditionalist, bon-vivant, encourager of hearts & souls, firm believer in dignity, decency, & duty. A proud Sinclair.

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