After arriving back in Scotland a good ten days before classes start (alas, we are slaves to airfare sales) Justin and I started poking around for something to do this week. Lo, we discovered a bargain ticket through Ryanair, which is not affiliated with my brother-in-law or cousin-in-law of the same name, at least as far as I know. To put our winter holidaying in perspective: these round-trip tickets, for BOTH of us, cost less than what it would have cost ONE of us to stay in Pittsburgh or Columbus for an extra few days.
It comes with some strings - Ryanair is known for its draconian baggage policy (one free carryon of extremely limited size and weight and hefty add-on fees for anything else) and poor cancellation refund/replacement policy. So it's a gamble to travel with them, and we'll keep our fingers crossed that everything goes smoothly.
But where, after all this, are we going? Well, we're not going to tell you! Instead, here are some clues to help you guess the destination!
The country we're visiting has:
1) its own breed of dog
2) its own order of knights
3) its own cross
4) an official language in the Semitic language family; the only country in the EU to do so
So, where is it? First person to guess correctly wins... um, the pride of having guessed correctly first. Go to it!