If you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, you’ve probably figured out that we tend to do things as cheaply as possible. Grad school has a tendency to suck your bank account dry, so we try to have fun while spending as little money as possible! That being said, when we were booking our trains to go to Glasgow for the day, we obviously picked the cheapest trains. I vaguely remember us saying something about “that will be an early morning,” but we didn’t really realize how early until we were setting our alarms the night before. Our train left at 6:50, which meant we had to take the 6:00 bus, which meant we had to leave our flat at 5:40. To top all this off, this was January 3, and Jared had worked New Years Eve, which meant he got home around 2:30 am and to bed around 3:30 am, which threw both of our sleeping schedules off for days. All this to say, it was an early start to our day out 🙂 With the Scottish darkness, our 2 hour train got to Glasgow just as the sun was starting to rise (at 8:45 am). Needless to say, our first stop was for some coffee. Finding good coffee is one of our favorite parts of visiting cities, as our options are rather limited here in St Andrews. There are some coffee shops with great vibes, but nothing compared to the goodness the Bay Area spoiled us with. Our favorite coffee shop (1 of 3) that we visited was called Papercup and was in the West End of Glasgow. It was a little hole in the wall place with the perfect cappuccino. We also visited Artisan Roast, a chain which we have been to in Edinburgh previously. So nice to have a perfect cup of coffee! (especially after a 3 week long Royal Mail fiasco which involved us not having coffee filters for 3 weeks and me desperately using a paper towel as a coffee filter on Christmas morning…)
Whenever we visit cities, we tend to try to walk almost everywhere. We enjoying seeing different parts of the city, and getting a good feel of it. However the Scottish dreich changed things up for us a bit (That’s your Scottish slang for the day. I can’t pronounce it, but basically its stormy, rainy, cold, windy, no good weather, I think). Luckily, Glasgow has a pretty cheap subway system which served most places we wanted to go, so we splurged at bit (£7.80 for the both of us…) and used public transit for the day. We were really glad we did, because our feet and jeans were still soaked by the end of the day!
Other than drink good coffee and get wet, we also ate amazing food, visited some awesome pubs, and explored the beautiful city of Glasgow. We ate at The Inn Deep, West Brewery, The Meat Bar and Munro’s. From a brisket sandwich to chips everywhere we went to a steak sandwich to onion rings, everything was delicious! We spent a good part of the morning in the West End of Glasgow, which was one of our favorite parts of the city. It is where the University is, and reminded us of some of the cities we love most! Its also where we found the best coffee 😉 In between coffee and stuffing our faces, we saw some of the sights!
As we explored Glasgow, we visited the University of Glasgow. Jared and I were talking about how when you visit beautiful, historic universities like this, you tend to say things like “man I wish I could go to a school like this!” Now, however, Jared goes to the oldest university in Scotland, with some of the best professors in his field, period. What a difference in perspective! …we were still amazed by the school though 🙂
We spent a large portion of the afternoon at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, one of the most visited museums in the UK outside of London! It seemed to be a cross between an art museum and a natural history museum, which some history of Scotland thrown in. It was really fascinating! And a great place to get out of the wind and rain for a while!
The last sight we ventured to see was the Glasgow Cathedral. It was pretty stormy by that point, so our pictures of the outside are lacking, but it was beautiful! (I should note somewhere that Jared takes all our pictures. He’s the talented one in that area…)
Overall it was not the ideal day for traversing about a city, but we fully enjoyed ourselves! We would love to go back to Glasgow and explore some more!
Next week we have our first American visitor and we’re heading up to the Highlands! Watch out for some blogs featuring beautiful, snowy, Scotland!