Glasgow and Harry Potter

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Glasgow Cathedral
After another 4-hour only sleep, I got up, and got ready to go to Glasgow. This was a do-my-own thing day, as both Caroline and Ronnie had to go to work in the morning. I caught the bus at 8:30 in the morning (really neat because you can buy a return ticket right off the bat, which saves some money. Was almost 5 pounds, though -- 1hr. bus ride almost 13 dollars Canadian!!).

I wandered out of Buchanan bus station, and tried to orient myself. Ended up on West Nile Street (no mosquitoes, thankfully -- haha Mom, just for you!) and stopped in at Starbucks because I needed a chai, and I wanted to ask for directions to George Square (er, which I never got a picture of, and I'm not really sure why!) for the Tourist info centre.
Glasgow Green
I wandered with my drink down West Nile to West George, and then found the centre, where I spent a few minutes perusing maps, before paying to take one of those double-decker bus tours. Touristy, yes, but an excellent way to get oriented to the city, and figure out some things you'd like to see... it was an hour and 20 minutes, and I sat in the open-air part of the bus, as it was not yet raining. The hard thing about this tour is that the bus rarely stopped, so pictures (clear ones) were next to impossible, so I didn't take any. I went round the loop once, and then started off again, hopping off at a few sights along the way.

There are some lovely buildings around Glasgow, like many cities that are not young like Canadian cities are, and I loved Glasgow for it. Lots of beautiful churches -- while I am not a religious person, of course, I've always admired the architecture in churches, and the sense of calm one can feel while gazing meditatively up at the stained glass windows.
University of Glasgow
I went into Glasgow cathedral, and took a picture of a few others, but didn't go in. There simply wasn't time, as I had to be back in Livingston for 6:30, as we had tickets to see the new Harry Potter movie.

I stopped off at Glasgow Green, a large park in the East end of Glasgow, which is a huge expanse of green where many political demonstrations and concerts can take place. On this day, it was empty, save for a footie game or two in the park. I visited the People's palace, which is a museum of local history, though it was created to be a place of culture in an impoverished area of Glasgow. It was interesting, though not as good as the  Kelvingrove Gallery and Museum that I was going to visit later.
University of Glasgow


I spent most of my time, it seems, in the West End of Glasgow, which is home to the University of Glasgow, Kelvingrove Park, Kelvingrove Gallery and Museum, and Byers Road, among many other things! This was my favorite part of the city (but keep in mind that I didn't get to see everything I wanted to!). The one thing I love about the parks here, in the cities, so far, is how well manicured and cared for they are! Just as I got to the University of Glasgow (4th oldest in the UK behind Oxford, Cambridge and St. Andrews), the sky opened up and started to pour. Just like home!! What I loved is that Glaswegians just keep going when it starts raining. They don't stop what they're doing, they don't run for cover... It rains a lot there (more even than home, I think!). I have a thing for old university campuses, too -- like my church thing, so I ended up exploring there for a while, before wandering down Byers Road.
Music Offices, University of Glasgow (because I just had to!)
Lots of bohemian shops and interesting people -- I bought a Big Issue magazine off a couple of homeless guys, and chatted them up for a bit. (www.bigissue.com for more information on this great idea).

Headed off next to the Kelvingrove Gallery and Museum. The Gallery part interested me less than the museum part in this place, if only because the information in the museum exhibits wasreally interesting. History of the suffragette movement in Glasgow, the Indian and Muslim immigrants to Glasgow, Holocaust survivors in Glasgow, history for mental institutions in Glasgow... really neat stuff!

It was about this time that I realized I had to head back to Buchanan station, and I hadn't spent any time on Sauchiehall Street or Buchanan Street yet! So I headed to Sauchiehall and wandered into a Lush store to see what products the UK had that we didn't have at home.
University of Glasgow
I also popped into the Buchanan Galleries H&M store, but didn't really have time to look...  Glasgow is supposed to have amazing shopping, though I'm not really here to buy clothes. If I end up going back to Glasgow sometime in the next week, I'll have to go and check it out.

Hopped a bus home, and met Caroline and Suzie at the pub, where I had to order a double espresso in order to wake up (I slept the whole bus ride home) and stay awake for the movie. Incredibly comfy seats in the theatre -- way better than home! What I didn't like was the gazillion minutes of adverts before the movie, and their repetitive nature. I GET IT ALREADY, I'LL BUY A VAUXHALL CAR!! Great movie, though. I'd say it if it was absolutely crap, though. It's Harry Potter! :D

Caroline and Suz tried to get me to order something to eat after the movie since I'd not had a proper dinner, but I just wanted to go home and sleep.
Òran Mór bar, in a converted church. Glasgow
I was still desperately feeling the effects of jet lag, and those homeopathic tablets I bought from Choices didn't do much :(

And so ends another day.
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Glasgow Cathedral
Glasgow Cathedral
Glasgow Green
Glasgow Green
University of Glasgow
University of Glasgow
University of Glasgow
University of Glasgow
Music Offices, University of Glasg…
Music Offices, University of Glas…
University of Glasgow
University of Glasgow
Òran Mór bar, in a converted chu…
Òran Mór bar, in a converted ch…
Part of the grounds of the Univers…
Part of the grounds of the Univer…
Corner of Sauchiehall and West Nil…
Corner of Sauchiehall and West Ni…
Glasgow Cathedral
Glasgow Cathedral
Glasgow Cathedral
Glasgow Cathedral
Glasgow Cathedral, stained glass w…
Glasgow Cathedral, stained glass …
Glasgow Cathedral
Glasgow Cathedral
Cathedral Square, Glasgow
Cathedral Square, Glasgow
Barony Church, Cathedral Square, G…
Barony Church, Cathedral Square, …
Doulton Fountain, Glasgow, depicti…
Doulton Fountain, Glasgow, depict…
The Peoples Palace, Glasgow
The People's Palace, Glasgow
Canada on the Doulton Fountain.
Canada on the Doulton Fountain.
Glasgow
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