I fall in love regularly with places I visit - even with places I only see in photos! I just love travelling and there is nowhere that I have visited that didn't make me happy or impress me in some way. I definitely never thought Glasgow was going to be one of those places. If you would have told me 2 years ago, much less 6 months ago, that I would go to Glasgow and love it, I would have laughed - actually pretty sure that has happened in the past. Glasgow gets a bad reputation for being the blue collar, more rough part of Scotland, it's industrial and less sophisticated than Edinburgh. And I believed those things. I passed through Glasgow only once and wasn't much impressed, so I stayed with that impression. But we now live about 30 minutes from Scotland's largest city, so the other weekend, the Brit and I headed there for the day. Almost immediately I was shocked by how right it felt to be there. It felt like I belonged super quickly - like it was familiar. And I quickly realised why - it made me think about Montreal.
We did nothing special, we mainly walked around and enjoyed the sights. The temperature was very changing - something to expect in the UK but even more so on the west coast of Scotland. It was almost snowing around noon when we got there and then around 2h later the sun was shining, before a shower surprised us one more time.
After walking a little bit in the centre, near Buchanan street and George Square, where the train had left us, we decided to get on the Glasgow subway! The hot and weird smell of the underground reminded me of home a little haha and we had the best laugh when we saw the 'clockwork orange' arrive to the platform.
It has to be the world's smallest subway! I mean look at how small it is! That man standing next to it is NOT a giant - the Brit could barely fit in! We had a great laugh coming out as well when we saw that the system for knowing if it was okay to close the door was the driver popping his head out and then popping back in to drive away - like a marmot! Absolutely amazing! I decided the thing I wanted to see most was the University of Glasgow - hello you can tell I'm obsessed with higher institutions - and so we stopped at Kelvinbridge and walked down toward the campus.
Did you ever go to a place you had previously judged to realise how wrong you'd been all that time?xx
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