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Pradeep Nair
24th Dec 2016The Irish and Scottish mythologies tell the story of an Egyptian Pharaoh Queen named Scota. Hesychius, a Greek grammarian, probably in the 5th or 6th century mentions a temple of Venus Scotia in Egypt whose rites were performed at night. The name "Scotia" is not an Egyptian name, but a Greek word meaning "darkness". There are some other stories also behind the name of the beautiful Scotland. The next trip was to this beautiful land in the winter of 2016-17.Warnings of up to 90 mph wind speed and heavy snowfall was the forecast for those four days in Scotland. But, the red alerts couldn’t make us stay in the cozy apartment in Halifax, England. We wanted to explore the land of Scots. I fastened driver's seat belt, ensured that the fuel tank is full, set the GPS navigation to the capital city, Glasgow and within minutes, we crossed the first traffic signal. It was a brand new Hyundai i30 which had run only a few hundred miles. It was half past nine in the morning on the 24th of December 2016.It was my first drive in UK. After the initial hiccups of following the right lane and the car controls, within 20 minutes, we entered the motorway. Glasgow is 240 miles away from our starting point.