Glasgow

Aug. 15th, 2009 08:14 pm
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There are some cities you visit once and think, "Yeah, I could live here." That's how I felt the moment I stepped off the platform of Queen Street station and ventured into that curious mixture of Gilded Age and postmodern architecture. Their tube system is called the Clockwork Orange (because it's orange and goes round in a circle), which gives you a clue as to the local sense of humour. It's also by far the friendliest city we've been in, in a long time. Every time we were attempting to go someplace (or find a bus to take us someplace) a helpful stranger would appear to untangle us.

Many thanks to the lovely [livejournal.com profile] vorvolaka for leading us on a mini-tour about the city before a delicious luncheon at Brodie's restaurant, where I got to experience a right and proper haggis for the first time, as well as for some very excellent
conversation. Good times, indeed!

Date: 2009-08-16 11:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vorvolaka.livejournal.com
So you survived the joy of the 70s style trains then? Oh and just for trivia, the Clockwork Orange is the third oldest subway system in the world.

Date: 2009-08-16 08:17 pm (UTC)
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Oh, yes, the trains did seem a bit modern now that you mention it. :)

Interesting bit of trivia, as my native city of Boston has in fact the fourth oldest subway system in the world. The crucial difference is that unlike our "T" (so-called by locals, although the precise letter it smells like occurs four positions earlier in the alphabet), Glasgow appears occasionally to have purchased trains and equipment since the late 19th century. Well done!

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