I’m a little behind on blog posts, so this one will be quick. We arrived in Glasgow, Scotland on 4/7 and left on 4/9. Glasgow is the biggest city in Scotland and it definitely felt more “modern” and didn’t have the plethora of old buildings or the character of Edinburgh. Still, it was a fun and interesting couple of days. Our first night, we checked in to our hostel and then headed out to get some food and sample the nightlife that Glasgow is famous for. We ended up at a place called the Thirteenth Note and had some food and watched a variety show type of thing they had going on. This was down in a basement venue where it looks like they have all kinds of shows. It reminded me of a lot of venues in Portland actually. Anyway, it was an interesting scene. It seemed be mostly a bunch of theater nerds (I say that with the utmost respect) who knew each other and doing various acts for each other. There was belly dancing, burlesque, a stand-up comedian who I could barely understand through his thick Scottish accent let alone the humor, and finally a piece of performance art worthy of Yoko Ono. It was a guy who has a music/art project based on the works of Townes Van Zandt or something and this particular “performance” was to create the album art for it. Basically, he stripped down to a pair of shorts, handcuffed himself to a chair and then had everbody come up and cut off chunks of his hair and glue them to a piece of paper. It was interesting to say the least. All in all, we had a good time though.
The next day, we took the train out to Loch Lomond National Park. It is a beautiful place and it was really nice to get out and walk around in the woods for a day after mostly being in big cities for the last few weeks. We even saw a Roe deer buck still in velvet as well as tons of birds and of course sheep. After exploring the area for most of the day, we headed back to Glasgow and had dinner at an Indian restaurant called Mr. Singh’s India. Glasgow has a large Indian community and therefore it is famous for having some of the best Indian food outside of India. Since we’re not making it to India on this trip, we figured this would be the next best thing. It did not dissappoint. The food was delicious and the service was incredible. The waiters all wear dinner jackets and it seems like the ratio is almost one waiter per table. It has an upscale feel, but the prices were actually very reasonable given the quality of the food and service. I highly reccommend it if you’re ever in Glasgow.
Glasgow was fun and Loch Lomond was beautiful for sure. Next we’re in Dublin, Ireland! Pictures below.