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  •  Had my parents been activists, (3+ / 0-)
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    As it sounds like yours were, perhaps they would have brought me. But they weren't. Interestingly, the LH comes from an extremely progressive and activist family, but he was the only one of them who went.

    BTW, I hope you had a nice vacation.

    "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

    by sidnora on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 09:59:50 PM PDT

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    •  Thank you! Very nice vacation -- England & (3+ / 0-)
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      Scotland. We loved Scotland! Friendliest people I've met anywhere (and that's saying a lot). Gorgeous views, lots of sheep (I'm a weaver and spinner). And I learned more about the Highland Clearings which forced so many small tenant farmers off their lands. Very sad stuff and made me feel guilty about my appreciation of the sheep (landowners replaced the farms with sheep because it was more profitable).
      We chose to go to Scotland instead of Ireland because of Ireland's despicable treatment of Savita Halappanavar. I know they have since made slight improvements to the abortion laws which have resulted in this:
      http://thinkprogress.org/...
      But even with the change made there, the laws are still draconian.

      While Democrats work to get more people to vote, Republicans work to ensure those votes won't count.

      by Tamar on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 11:26:28 AM PDT

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      •  We loved Scotland, too! (2+ / 0-)
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        We traveled as far north as you could get without getting on a boat - to Cape Wrath. That scenery was like nothing I've ever seen, anywhere else in the world.

        However, we loved Ireland, too, and I urge you to visit that beautiful country despite your valid objections to their government. First of all, if you think the Scots were friendly, you won't believe what the Irish are like. We've been traveling together for 45 years, and they are the friendliest people we've ever met, hands down. Second, they are also smart, witty, irreverent, and view their government's actions with a thoroughly jaundiced eye. I don't blame the whole of the Irish people for their government any more than I blame all of us for the Bush Administration. Third, the food's better than in Scotland.

        BTW, I say this as someone who wouldn't travel to Greece or Spain for many decades, but those were dictatorships.

        "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

        by sidnora on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 05:12:51 PM PDT

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        •  We went to Isle of Skye and a day trip (3+ / 0-)
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          to Harris & Lewis.
          The scenery of the highlands and the Hebrides is spectacular. But the lack of trees is disconcerting. I understand that the mountains were denuded by one of the kings for his ships -- and I think also for fuel for the population (when there was a population). But they haven't been replanted very much -- maybe because they're used for grazing the huge number of sheep?

          While Democrats work to get more people to vote, Republicans work to ensure those votes won't count.

          by Tamar on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 07:46:18 PM PDT

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          •  We didn't see (3+ / 0-)
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            enormous numbers of sheep in the far north, though there were some. What we mostly saw was that treeless green carpet, rolling on and on over the hills, punctuated only by small lakes and ponds.

            Even though I understand that it's not a natural landscape, it still haunted me.

            I think the reason they haven't replanted is that there's basically no one up there, either to do it or to care if it's done. The nearest town to Cape Wrath, Durness, consisted of about a half-dozen buildings on either side of the only road, one hotel, where we didn't stay, and one extremely basic B&B, where we did stay. Population according to Wikipedia about 400, but it felt like half that.

            We never got to the islands. I understand they are amazing, too. I would also have loved to go to the Orkneys to see Skara Brae, but there comes a point in every trip where you have to turn around, and on that trip it was Cape Wrath.

            "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

            by sidnora on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 08:14:22 PM PDT

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