When in Scotland

Last week I had the pleasure of presenting a couple talks at the University of Edinburgh. I was invited over by Michael Clouser of the Edinburgh-Stanford Link program. My talks were on starting an Internet company in the 21st century and on utilizing blogs and wikis for business. I had a great time and met a lot of great people.

While there, I was invited to a formal dinner for entrepreneurs at the Edinburgh castle. I was

given the option of wearing a traditional tuxedo, or going with a kilt. Of course I had to choose the kilt. As an American, I had never had the opportunity to wear a kilt. It was a lot of fun, and quite warm. There are a surprising number of parts to a kilt outfit, and it took about 20 minutes (with help) to put the entire thing on. Interestingly, when you walk through Edinburgh wearing a kilt, people will ask if they can take your picture. Unfortunately, they were always disappointed to learn that I was an American. But that didn’t stop them from taking the picture.

Also while in Edinburgh, I had the opportunity to try a traditional Scottish delicacy. I am referring to a deep-fried Mars Bar candy bar. It was a wholly unique experience. The chocolate was warm and gooey, and then there was the breading and the oil. I’m not exactly sure why I bothered going with a Diet Coke for this particular meal.


  1. Having lived in Edinburgh for 10 years I’ve never tried on Kilt or a battered Mars bar!
    Thank you for your talk

  2. Looking good, Mark – but better lay off those deep-fried candies or you might not be able to fit in your kilt!
    Speaking of which, did you get to keep it, or was it a rental? And that might put to rest the age-old question of what you wear underneath – if it’s a rental, my guess it that you ought to wear something!

  3. Rockin’ the kilt! Awesomely fabu! 🙂
    When I went to Edinburgh on vacation back in… ’98, I think, I had the crazy thought of buying a kilt as a souvenir. Imagine my shock to find out just how expensive they were! Even more impressed to see the custom “kilt carriers”, hard plastic containers designed to keep the kilt flat and properly pleated…
    Did you buy or rent? 🙂
    Maybe someday I’ll get back there, and I’ll definitely have to try the deep-fried delicacies. 🙂

  4. It was indeed a rental. And I did not wear it ‘in the Scottish way’. Which was for the best as it was a bit windy that evening.

  5. Very interesting… as always! Cheers from Switzerland.

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