Glasgow - train rumbles and views from our flat

Trip Start Aug 29, 2005
Trip End Aug 01, 2006

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Friday, May 19, 2006

Can't put the country as Scotland - who invented this site?? Home sweet home in Glasgow for the next 4 months. Happy again to be based in one spot although we really enjoyed our train travels through some of eastern europe - so much more to explore. Odd to be surrounded by english after 7 months of only the odd english speaking voice! Will update travelpod soon.
Hello to all.

19 May

Why we like Glasgow:
- Ted doesn't feel short
- There is an indian restaurant/take away on every block
- Fast food is a naan with curried 'something' inside or a dressed baked potato
- The parks are brilliant - and nearby - at least where we are
- We can READ and UNDERSTAND everything at the grocery stores
- The daffodils are up and the roses are almost ready to burst
- It is such a beautiful country
- They do skim milk, porridge, and curried Heinz beans (not usually all together)
- Cycle paths galore through the parks
- Canadians are exotic (well to some maybe)
- Flyfishing is an art

Why we are still feeling nostalgic for France:
- the wine
- the boulangeries on every block
- the cheeses and yoghurt - where are the rows and rows of yoghurts like we had in France?????
- the exoticness of hearing a different language all around
- the coffee
- the Mediterranean
- the stone buildings - rubble rock construction
- the fantastic rural cycling

Arrived in Glasgow at the end of March to a new home - furnished flat definition being a subjective definition! Luckily(?) for us, people seem to leave perfectly functional pieces of furniture on the sidewalk for the rubbish.....who needs new for 4 months?
Different life now on many aspects - the language, it is city life, there is a nightlife in Kelvingrove Park that we are probably better off not knowing about. Early Sunday morning walks or runs through the park will give us views of partyers returning home (or continuing with festivities), those still having fun by removing most of their clothing and prancing, and the remnants of busy times the night before - rubbish everywhere.

When shopping the other day for a raincoat and swimsuit for Isla, the woman at the register laughed and said, 'well this is certainly appropriate attire for Scotland' - provided you add the wellies!
And if you are looking for 'garbage/rubbish' bags - look for 'wheelie bin protector bags' - brilliant and to the point n'est ce pas?!

Have spent our time exploring the city, the transport museum, the science museum and have even found a french playgroup that we go to once a week! Aidan and Isla think it is great fun to chase the pigeons - surely this is not a European phenomenon - are there such numbers of pigeons in big cities in Canada? Not in Whitehorse thanks to the peregrine falcon.
Ventured out of the city yesterday to Largs - a small town on the coast about 1 hour away by train - or at least it would have been had we not chosen the day that there were 'engineering works' being done. A normally direct route became one of 3 transfers and longer waits. Ah, the joy of travel. Nevertheless, gorgeous sunny day, and Ted was able to throw his fishing line catch some seaweed.

A few bits of trivia for those of you who need it:

There are apparently more suntanning booths in Glasgow than in all of the UK.... What could this possibly mean???!!
HP sauce factory moving from Birmingham to the Netherlands - a 'sad' day when HP sauce will not be made in the UK!
Paul McCartney and Heather Mills have split - in case you haven't heard - you could not miss this fact here.......

There you go, updated finally. Will let you know more of the Scottish adventures as they occur.
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