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Postcards from Travel Near and Far by Jia-Rui

AB35 5YJ, Braemar


Wedding reception at Mar Lodge

Wedding reception at Mar Lodge

Dear ——–,

One of the guys giving a toast referred to the reception hall as “Bambi’s worst nightmare.” The hundreds of stag heads on the walls and ceiling were pretty awe-inspiring. It felt as if we should be raising chalices of mead to Beowulf or something. We came to Braemar to see Mary-Frances and Hamish finally tie the knot, 20 years after they first met. A bagpiper greeted us in front of the lovely stone church and we saw many a kilt filling the pews. Buses whisked us off to Mar Lodge for the party. Many ladies were wearing chiffon dresses, so I was worried that my head-to-toe woollen outfit didn’t look formal enough. Thank God I prepared for the cold because the reception hall had the insulation of a barn. I think it was barely 50 degrees inside. After dinner — which included Stornoway black pudding, which others informed me was the “nicest” black pudding in Scotland — the fiddle band set up and the ceilidh started. The band leader called out some of the moves, but it became clear that ceilidhs weren’t about rhythm or technical skill. All you needed was raucous enthusiasm!


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I'm a journalist based in Los Angeles who has always said that writing postcards for a living would be a dream job. The posts -- short enough to fit on an actual postcard -- chronicle recent travels near and far. I could blab on about being inspired by epistolary novels, the short poems of Emily Dickinson, and the New Yorker's "Talk of the Town" pieces, but I'll just say that I'm aiming to give you a sense of flavor of a place without boring you to death. Wish you were here!

5 thoughts on “AB35 5YJ, Braemar

  1. “Bambi’s worst nightmare.” Well put.
    I love a good ceilidh.

    • Ha ha. Yeah, that ceilidh was a collision waiting to happen. And then it did. I watched two guys lock elbows with two separate women, swing around with their respective female partners, launch violently towards each other, and then hit each other so hard they both fell down. No one was hurt, however. 🙂

  2. So envious of your trip!!

    Check my blog for your Honest Scrap Award 🙂

  3. We named our border collie Ceilidh after attending one in Nova Scotia. “Raucous enthusiasm” definitely fits!

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