Ryanwhere is Scotland? A question asked by one of its staff to a Polish family returning to Scotland from Portugal.
It was all to do with different Covid regulations applying to Scotland and England.
And fair’s fair because it’s complicated too for those of us who share this island of Britain.
It is of course an occupational hazard of being one of Jock Tamson’s Bairns (that’s being a Scot).
And on my first visit to America nearly 40 years ago the young people I’d meet would ask me if Scotland was in England.
The capital of North Dakota
It irked me then until my American History tutor I learned under when I got back and studied in Aberdeen asked me what the capital of North Dakota was?
And like all lessons in life it’s stuck: Bismarck.
All of which ramblings brings us to Ryanair‘s flash sale which ends tomorrow, midnight, Sunday, January 30.
Michael O’Leary’s empire, of course, is built on a model of flying to out-of-the-way destinations to cut down on prices for the punters.
And so Scots (and non-Scots) have had to become educated in towns we’d never heard of before.
Some of them are also in the same country as the destination we want to visit.
Some out-of-the-way places
For our Ryanair pal Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland, which is the northern country of the island of Britain.
But like Geography Gio we had to look up the map to find some of these others.
Billund in Denmark is the cheapest destination on offer at €7.99.
The good news for kids (and big kids alike) is that Billund is Legoland.
The bad news is that if you wanted to see Copenhagen then you’d have to island hop and it’s 261kms away.
Eindhoven, 122kms south of Amsterdam, too comes in at €7.99.
And while I’m sure that Eindhoveners are very friendly, their centrepiece the Philips Electronic Museum is always going to be a hard sell.
Do you know these cities?
Happy Hamburg is in the same price bracket and is instantly recognisable for anybody who has seen the map of Europe more than once.
Well, the old Roman fortress town is 116kms west of Munich and is clearly a smaller airport than the Bavarian capital which you can get lost in (trust me).
We dare say too that in Lublin‘s fair city the girls are so pretty.
Only it’s pronounced Looblin and is in Poland, 170kms south-west of capital Warsaw.
And you can get there for €12.99 where film buffs may recognise if from the film The Reader.
So the next time an airline worker asks you Ryanwhere is Scotland (insert your own country) then take five.
And reflect on the fact that we don’t all know where each other live.
And it’s all the more exciting when we find out.
MEET YOU IN THE AIR