Maybe you read my post (see below) about how I'm just not thrilled by fruits or vegetables or non-European countries and maybe you're wondering why I would mention that. I'll tell you what inspired me. I was reading a book about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by Andrew Lycett. In this book Andrew Lycett describes Doyle's ancestors and where they are from. He has this to say, "Edinburgh was attractive enough even if the overall stink was disgusting." Wow! Scotland must really not thrill him. This surprised me because, while I have never been there, I love the idea of Scotland. If I do go there, will I be disappointed? I mean, Anderw Lycett is credible enough and seems to have good judgement. His indictment of Edinburgh is enough for me to avoid Scotland altogether. I mean, it's not like I have plans or opportunity to visit Scotland. I would really have to go out of my way to get to Scotland and now I just don't see myself pursuing it.
In addition, Lycett explains the lonliness of Doyle's dad abroad: ". . . [It] might not have mattered if he had found someone who shared his quirky view of the world. But Scots' humor was rather more boisterous." Boisterous humor isn't necessarily a negative thing, but coming from an Englishman who thinks Edinburgh stinks, I get the idea he is not thrilled by Scots' humor. I started to wonder if Andrew Lycett was somehow racist against Scots. And then I came around to the idea that there are lots of places that don't thrill me either, and I certainly wouldn't consider myself a racist. Is it racist to hate Arizona because it seems hot and stucco-y? I think not.
The Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes: The Life and Times of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a pretty good book. It's way more interesting than you think it will be.