Oh, Glasgow

Well, I am finally returned from my 3 day, 2 night stay in the city of Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland. It was a fun, slightly frustrating, but enjoyable weekend.

The weekend started with my friend, TJ and I heading to Glasgow on Friday night to see a comedy show. When we first arrived we successfully navigated our way through the underground system and various streets to meet up with a family friend, Sheena. It was great to finally meet her and her kids and she was amazingly generous enough to let us stay the night in her flat and show us around the next day. Once we had dropped off our stuff, we headed back into the city center to eat a great dinner, which we later had to walk off:) The comedy club was in the basement of the restaurant/pub we ate in earlier and sadly the heating was broken:( But the acts were great, as well as the company at our table. Kenny and Dale were a couple of older Scottish gentlemen who didn’t seem to mind talking to a couple of youngen’s:)

Saturday morning we hung out in Sheena’s flat and enjoyed a shower and breakfast. Then she was nice enough to show around town (and pay for our bus passes!). We ended up at the Kelvingrove Art Museum which is known for being built back to front. The architect read the blueprints wrong I guess and it is an urban legend that he became depressed after seeing his HUGE mistake and jumped off the building and died.  The paintings and sculptures were beautiful. Its amazing being able to see so much art from all over the world, as well as artifacts from Scotland, in one place. Plus it was free!

We soon parted with our lovely host to meet up with the 9 other people who came down to Glasgow that morning. From there things started to get frustrating, as it always does when travelling in large groups. We couldn’t check into the hostel until everyone one of the 11 us of had arrived and paid for our beds. We decided just to go grab lunch at a pub called the Hengler’s Circus and wait for everyone else to arrive. Once we got checked in, we all split up into groups, considering we all didn’t want to go to the same place at the same time. Some people changed their minds at the last minute and it was just TJ and I again heading toward the Glasgow (or St. Mungo’s) Cathedral. Of course, it was spectacular! Me, being a huge lover of stain glass windows, couldn’t get over how many there were. One of them consisted of very small tiles with only one letter on it and it spelled out the first part of the book of Genesis. Absolutely stunning! After the cathedral we visited the oldest house in Glasgow, which was conveniently right across the street. The ceilings were really low, but it was like the house was made to scale for short people like me:) To end our day we visited the Museum of world religions and then headed back to meet everyone for dinner.

About 5 of us at an restaurant called PizzaExpress, and we thought it would be a casual sit in pizza place. But it wasn’t, because everything in Glasgow seems way more upscale. It was still great and decently priced for being at the West End of Glasgow. All of us decided to treat ourselves and get desert and I, of course, order the Chocolate Glory. When the waitress brought it out she literally said, “Here is your big-ass glory.” Still not sure how to take that comment.

Since Glasgow is known for its night life, we headed out on the town. I am not going to lie, it had been a long, tiring couple of days and I have been slightly under the weather. I didn’t want to be the Debby Downer of Party Pooper but I wasn’t feeling like traveling all over town and spending money on things I wasn’t enjoying. I understand that people like to pub crawl, but it was to the point where we were spending way more time walking to pubs then actually spending time in them. Close to midnight, TJ, Sydney and I decided we were worn out and headed back to the hostel. We were up talking for a bit and then got shushed by a girl in the room whom we hadn’t seen so then we didn’t really have a choice but to go to bed. Everyone else came in around 2 or 3 but I slept decent and I can’t complain about that.

Today, we checked out at 10 o’clock and headed to Bagel Mania for a quick breakfast. My poor friend Lindsey was sick and had a fever so 6 of us headed to the train station and got back to Stirling around 12pm. I am glad I went for the amount of time that I did because I feel I got to see a lot of what I wanted to and I was ready to go home by this morning. I sadly have quite a bit of work to do and I am pretty proud that I have finished reading a play in the two and a half hours I have been home!

This coming school week will be full of dance rehearsals and homework and maybe treating myself to a night out:) Next weekend I am looking into visiting Loch Ness or Loch Lomond and hopefully St. Andrews. These will be just day trips so it won’t hurt my wallet as much:) So far, three successful weekends in Scotland, and hopefully I can start planning trips for my neighboring countries soon enough!

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