Homecoming 2009

10 04 2009

In a few hours time I will be leaving  Vancouver on a nine and half hour flight to Amsterdam, and then a quick hop (i hope) back to Glasgow.   Last night’s final reception was excellent – a good blend of the academic (Simon Fraser University whose Scottish Studies Department is imaginative and knowledgeable), the business (SDI had invited a whole range of business contacts including some members of their hard working and very helpful Global Scots network) and the wider diaspora.   Plus a sprinkling of Scots Academics who had been attending the Burns and Transatlanticism symposium.    Kirsteen McCue was one of  them, and she sang beautifully at the end of the speeches.   My theme when I contributed was Homecoming 2009 and several people afterwords told me they had either already booked, or were about to.   Certainly the campaign is making ground and I am sure we will see not just the immediate benefit, but a longer term uplift including an uplift in understanding of the modern as well as the traditional strengths of Scotland.

Then it was  very relaxed dinner in a Thai restaurant in downtown Vancouver but by the end we were all begining to nod off so the final nightcap was very quick.  I was asleep almost before my vancouver_spring_mediumhead touched the pillow.

Good Friday here is a clear and slightly warm spring day, with white blossom on the trees in the city centre (the picture is not mine – a tourist one from the city website) .   We are going for a brunch to Granville Island and to do some last minute browsing amongst the craft and arts shops there.   Then on to the airport  – and starting for home !

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