Two Days in Glasgow aka Gotham City
October 19, 2014 § 2 Comments
How I didn’t expect my short trip in Glasgow to go: faking an immediate bereavement at midnight with my Swedish coworker, Johan, insisting we had to fly to Stockholm in the morning– receptionist doing his best to seem concerned but implying there was no unbooking in our future. Our accommodation was truly bad, but we survived. Twenty minutes after our stunt, we giddily took to the streets, grief-less, hungy, drunk.
It was a blast. It was dark. It was gloomy. The archictecure! The history! The art! The cafes! The easiest metro in the whole UK! We met up with our other coworkers, engaged and now on their way to Thailand (Alice: “Do you blog about us?” Me: Yes. Here. Now. I hope you’re safe.) who introduced us to their friend from Auckland, now living in G-Town, who did a seriously good job of showing us the city. I’m doing a lot of nationality and name dropping here, but all I’m saying: there is something better than exploring a good place—and that is exploring it in good company. In the words of Johan himself, it was a proper good time.
And, Johannesburg, if you’re reading this, know that I’m still so proud. (He performed, on a whim, at an open-mic night in a pub the Clash used to frequent.) And know that I still want a second burger from BookClub. (Not that it matters, but I haven’t ordered meat in a restaurant in the past, err, six years. Big moment.)
See, Eat, Drink, Do:
- Kelvingrove Art Museum & Gallery of Modern Art
- Glasgow Necropolis (&Cathedral, while you’re at it)
- Drygate Brewery. It’s so close to the Necropolis and was exactly where I wanted to be after walking through beautiful tombstones. Nothing better than enjoying a product made by people passionate about making it.
- West End: Eat at Hillhead Bookclub (THE BURGER) or cozy up in Brel (or any of Ashton Lane’s offerings). Drink cheap at The Arlington, Crosslands Pub. (Trainspotting trivia moment!)
- Shopping is apparently great…but for the sake of my coin purse and limited time, I was happy to skip it.
If you find yourself in Glasgow, take this list with you. Actually just take me with you. Please.