Thursday, November 14, 2013

Onward: To Glasgow Scotland!

There are hourly trains to get you to Glasgow from Edinburgh. Convenient, quick, and really clean. Also, the bonus of (again) getting to sit back and take in the countryside.

We stayed in the Barras neighborhood, a little bit of a walk from city center, but this was a good thing, and walking distance to Celtic Stadium. Attending a soccer match was one of the goals for Scotland, so we want to make sure we were close.

Right next to where we stayed

You know, just your standard apartments

The main train station

My Doctor Who fan

And his police box

Love the buildings

So many scotch options a binder was warranted 

Crabbie's comes in other flavors!?!?!?!

This was a long of several

When in Rome... Well, we were not in Rome, but we had to catch a local futbol (soccer) match, because participating in the local obsession is the most fun way to embrace another culture/country. It was AWESOME. 99% of the stadium was the home team fans (no surprise), but there was a VERY DEDICATED support system present for the visiting team. They were strategically placed all in the same section, with an empty section filled with police and security, splitting them from the rest of the crowd. This 1% was almost as loud as the 99%. They came with their own drummer. And children flipping off and antagonizing the home team. Children like 5 years old children.

View from out seats

Note the empty section of seats on the left separating the different fan bases

Overall, Glasgow was nice, but not really that much of "my" town. It is very old and has a nice youthful and alternative culture going about it, but it is very blue collar (not that this is a bad thing at all, but the focus of the city has not been on historic preservation or "neat" sites) without much to see beyond 2 days of meandering around. The people were nice, the food was good, and the city is nice. It would be a GREAT place to go if you just wanted to relax and not feel pressured to "get out and see the sights".