No, I won’t bombard you with 14 separate posts for each of my days in Scotland, but I wanted to list about today, as you’ll see why.
I love the Glasgow airport, the way the walls are covered in posters advertising the beauty of the Trossachs, etc. One doorway was decorated like a tree, so it felt like I was walking into the woods. I could have done with an elevator to the baggage claim, though - it was not easy struggling with my luggage down two or three flights of stairs, lol.
So, I knew the roads would be closed off due to a women’s run today, but it was really bad - and my taxi driver had no idea. It must have taken him 15 minutes once we got into town to find a decent route to my guest house. He tried so hard to get the guards to let him go down a couple of the closed roads because of my luggage, but no luck, so I had to walk several blocks, over often broken pavement, with my carry on in one hand and my impossibly heavy big piece in the other, often switching hands. Thank god to was refreshingly breezy today and not hot; by the time I got to the Alamo Guest House, I was in terrible shape, lol.
Anyway, it turns out that I brought the wrong adapter - it’s for the continent, not UK, so I’ll need to buy one as I doubt the inns I’m staying in on my tour will have.
Ok, the good stuff. I just made it to the University for the student-led tour (boy, it’s true - Glaswegians are SO kind and friendly; one girl saw me clearly tying to figure out if I was going the right way, and she stopped to ask if I was ok). The University is stunningly gorgeous - and the tour was interesting and informative; I was fascinated by the fact that the limestone is so porous that it has absorbed the coal, smoke and various byproducts of industrialization and pollution.
I had no energy by then to spend the remaining time until closing at the Hunterian (about 40 minutes), so I just hopped in the Hop On, Hop Off bus....and had a great time. The weather was gorgeous, the information about the sites interesting, and the sights themselves beautiful. I’m only regretting that some of the places I wanted to see - Botanical Garden, People’s Palace, etc.. - will have to wait for next time. The 4 hour food/history walking tour I booked is going to eat up half of one of my remaining days - Tuesday. I’m spending Monday at Kelvingrove and Riverside, and post tour at the Cathedral and Necropolis.
Ultimately, I fell in love with Glasgow. I think it’s beautiful, and I felt very comfortable here - and that’s important for me. I love all the green spaces, I love the museums, I love the intimacy of the city, Maybe that sounds strange, but I’m used to NYC (my home city) or Chicago - cities with huge skyscrapers and just an overall big city vibe. No, not all U.S. cities I love are like that, but still - Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city, and it doesn’t feel like that. I DID get a laugh at seeing the contrast between pretty much all the streets, with the usual amount of pedestrians, and Buchanan Street (which I saw from the bus), which was packed, lol.
Sisters, by the way, was delicious - I had one of the best desserts ever, some honeycomb, meringue and ice cream concoction