A special holiday for Scots around the world is Burns Night, January 25, celebrating Robert Burns, the national poet of Scotland. We celebrated it this year without haggis – the "great chieftain o the puddin'-race" – or bagpipes involved.
But we were here in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, and made it a night out to see Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall and her new band of lively, talented women. What a great performance!
On another stage was an unexpected delight: another all-woman Scottish folk band, Kinnaris Quintet. Their fiddles, tempos, and sparkling dresses had Karen dancing all around with wild abandon.
Although we did not eat the traditional haggis we did something more typical of modern Scots: grabbed an order of fish and chips on the way down the street.