Glasgow and Harry Potter
Glasgow Travel Blog› entry 4 of 31 › view all entries
July 13th, 2007 – by: ariosa
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And so ends another day.
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