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Throwback Ron Travels: Glasgow, Scotland (Part I)

Glasgow was the first city we visited after ten days since I arrived in the UK. I stayed in Dundee the first weekend because I was so jet lagged and my stomach couldn’t understand the new meal schedule, thus stomach pains. Ten days in Dundee means ten days in quiet and peace and the occasional drunkard who keeps shouting “Hubba! Hubba!” going to Tesco. But I digress. Glasgow, the largest city of Scotland, was love at first sight, but then again, that’s maybe because of how opposite it is from Dundee. It was busy and it was modern and there were people! And it was sunny and the sky was blue and that’s rare in Great Britain and ahhhh, my heart. It was such a beautiful day.

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From the central station, we had a quick bite in Burger King and wandered off to the city centre because we didn’t really have a plan. When I say I don’t have any plans, that’s mostly a lie.. because I’m half OCD half lazy and I usually have back up plans in my head. So my own plan was just to meet my boyfriend and his family and tag along. So we stumbled upon a very grand looking building, which was actually important..

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The Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow is the main gallery of contemporary art located in Royal Exchange Square. Can you see the statue fronting the gallery? It is Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington and the traffic cone claimed to represent the humour of the local population and its light-hearted attitude to authority. It’s quite bizarre but I personally believe it also fits in the modern art category.

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After some life contemplation inside the gallery, I can’t really say I enjoyed it. I’m sorry art geeks, but I just couldn’t understand the big chalks lying down everywhere. What does it mean? Art. But it was quite interesting to say the least. So we moved around the city centre and found ourselves in Buchanan Street, which is the main shopping area of Glasgow, also where you can find most of the high-end stores and brands. I may have said that Glasgow was very modern but I should add that it was in comparison to the rest of Great Britain.. so Glasgow still has old-y grand-y feels. Like this building:

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which apparently, if you look closely, is TGI Friday’s. Ha!

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Also, this very grand Apple Store. Can you imagine William Shakespeare buying his new iPhone 5?

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Another half modern, half grandaddy building which is actually my favorite one.

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And at the far end of the Buchanan Street is The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, adjacent to John Lewis in Buchanan Galleries.

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Fronting the concert Hall is a monument of Donald Dewar, born in Glasgow and Scotland’s 1st First Minister. I’d also like to point out, if you visit UK during summer and it turns out to be sunny, be prepared to see everyone sat under the sun. It’s a big day for them because it is very rare. I, on the other hand, doesn’t really feel the need to spend any minute under the sun since Philippines is a tropical country. So whilst everyone’s worshipping the sun rays and feeling it dearly, I go and run for the shade and embrace the cold wind.

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I like to call them Scottish Bagpipes, because, they cool.

Music is also big in Scotland and England. It’s not unusual to go shopping and be serenaded by a couple of Ed Sheeran’s, guitar geniuses and topless men with bagpipes and drums. Okay, that last one might be Scotland-exclusive. reggae

Then it was time to meet Paul and his family. I would want to elaborate more of him, but that should be in another post so let’s go and tag-along. We went to The Lighthouse, and a million spiral steps later, you can see most of Glasgow’s City Centre

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Took another million spiral steps and Paul & I decided to go on a Hop On Hop Off bus but were denied because it was already 6 in the afternoon. (Sunset during summer in Scotland is usually by 10pm, thus the photos don’t indicate passage of time). So here’s a picture of me, looking depressed because I still haven’t been on a Double Decker bus:

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Sadness is real behind those Ray Bans

And that was it. It doesn’t really sound too exciting, does it? Maybe because I spent majority of the time being in awe, something I can’t really put on words. Being in a different country, 7000 miles away from home was definitely something new for me and as much as I want to put whatever my heart felt during those moments, it’ll probably be something like: omg, this is so cool, this is so awesome, omg, omg marble, omg buildings, omg i feel like i’m in a movie setting, omg not much pollution, omg cold wind fave, etc. which, we must all agree, won’t be too.. educating or society-conforming-blog post, if y’know what I mean. But I hope you enjoyed this post still! Also, worry not, my loves. I went to Glasgow the second time and you can all read about it here.

Thank you for reading! 🙂

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