The Himalayan Hoolie

by Annalise on February 16, 2010

Did we mention there are lots of Scots here? Lots of Dutch too but it’s the Scots who ensured there would be a Robbie Burns celebration late in January. And what is a Robbie Burns celebration without bagpipes?!

So Robin was invited to perform at the Himalayan Hoolie and for the first time in a while he had an audience who knew a little about pipes. The pressure was on!

Well, the march he performed to pipe in the faux haggis (they couldn’t get the real stuff in on time this year) was well performed although he was told by an elderly Scottish lady that it may have been a tad quick to her ear… makes he thing he’s been rushing through his practices a bit. He was then asked then to continue to perform several sets of tunes including some fun quick jigs. It was a great hit and Robin certainly enjoyed the event.

The haggis… well, it was all show as it really was a sock filled with who knows what. Some joked it might have been more appetizing than the real thing but none took part. The address to the Haggis however was the real thing with Gordon, a friend from the Himalayan Hash House Harrier running group’s delivery, it brought down the house; a fantastic performance.

So yes, even in Kathmandu, Robbie Burns is remembered and how!

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

LeeAnne February 16, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Bravo Robin! Congratulations on a great Robbie Burns live performance.
Enjoy your last few days in Kathmandu.

carla February 17, 2010 at 2:39 am

Trust that old scottish lady to inform a younger piper that he’d be playin’ that tune a wee bit on the fast side…too funny… sounds like you all had fun…

Shirley February 18, 2010 at 12:33 am

Well, I had the real thing- the Haggis I mean. But I didn’t have anyone to pipe for me or give the Ode. Sounds like you had a great time. Everyone will miss the young Piper once you leave.

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