The view out my window in the hostel
Traveling to Glasgow
was... a learning experience. Everyone told me
that finding flights on ryanair.com was a great way to save money, but
this is, at least based on my experience, untrue. Yes, the plane
tickets were cheap, but in order to get to the obscure airports that
Ryan Air allows you to fly out from, we had to buy assorted bus/train
tickets which, when added to the cost of the plane ticket, probably
added up to about the same as flying out of mainstream airports with a
different airline. So, much time and money was wasted on traveling to
Scotland, but it was a learning experience. Also, we almost had to
sleep in the airport, because of getting into the airport very late,
not knowing how to get to the hostel, finding out the hostel was very
far away, and then not being able to get ahold of my friend I was
staying with the following night.
Aysha on the staircase.
It was nice to meet up with my friend
Aysha, though, who traveled with me to Scotland, because we go to
UCI together and were able to talk about home, and share our abroad
acting experiences thus far.
We finally got to the hostel, and went to bed immediately. This was the
first time I'd stayed in a hostel. I really like the idea of it, in
theory, and I have no problem sleeping in a room with people I don't
know, but it's difficult when you're on different schedules. We ended
up waking the others in our room up late at night when we got in, and
they woke us up early in the morning when they were leaving. However,
the hostel was very clean, and was in a really neat old building. The
lobby in the hostel totally freaked me out because it had the EXACT
same musty smell that the house I stayed in France a few years ago
Other gripes include the fact that I could not for the
life of me figure out how to get hot water in the shower, and paying a
good amount of money for toast and old croissants for breakfast. Oh
well. Again, learning experience. Aysha and I only had a few hours that
morning to do as we pleased, so we went on a walk around the area the
hostel was in. Glasgow is kind of a dirty city, from what I gathered.
It's also very cold in Scotland, especially in the morning. It also
bears a lot of similarities to England as far as the combination of new
and old architecture is concerned, and the kinds of shops there were.
We didn't get much time to soak it up, though, because we had to get to
the bus station to go to Edinburgh!