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A Glimpse of Glasgow

24 June 2019 | Life-Style

In my Viva 70 rummaging I came across this article that I wrote last year on my travels…what struck me is the energy and vibrancy of travel experiences. It’s food for the soul. While I tangle with packaging tape and pack my world into boxes ready to move house, allow me a re-run of this joyful article…….. what a wonderful memory to share again with you……..

As a tourist, how long does it take you to “know” a city? Seeing the main tourist attractions is one thing but getting a “vibe” of the unique character of the city may take much longer. Is it possible to get to know a city in a week or a few days?

The alternative title for the article is “Glasgow I hardly knew ya…”  Let me set the scene. Recovering from food poisoning with my innards rumbling like Vesuvius I arrive at Central Station in Glasgow. Methinks I’m on a movie set! Very Harry Potter. It’s a Railway Station! It’s all beautiful wood panelling and an arched roof, flower sellers and neatly dressed railway staff. It’s pouring with rain and freezing cold..but I’m getting used to this Scottish spring weather. There’s a taxi rank outside and I leap into the cab with all my luggage and ask the driver to take me to Motel One, my accommodation in Glasgow (which sounds like some seedy- highway 61 type- 1970’s- murders happen here type of motel!)

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