Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Day 10: Glasgow

All of our hotels in Scotland had really good breakfasts: Edinburgh was like a little restaurant tucked away in the back of the small hotel, Kirkwall was like eating in your neighbor's kitchen (but without the small talk), and our Glasgow hotel was a buffet, which was perfect for two tired travelers.

For our last full day in Scotland, we took it easy and basically planned our day around our meals. First up was breakfast and some chitchat with a lovely couple on vacation from Canada (?).

Between breakfast and lunch we did some more shopping and walking around Buchanan St.

 And then ended up at The Horseshoe Bar for lunch. It was good, hearty Scottish food served as an economical package. All served with some magic:

Even though it rained at least a little every day we were there, this was probably the most dreary of the days* and you could definitely feel the seasons changing as night was upon us the earliest of our trip.

I like to think that Scotland was sad we were leaving the next day. I know I was.

Ten days into our trip we were finally smart enough to pick a real restaurant for dinner instead of wandering around looking for a pub with food. We went to a lovely Italian place up the street for tapas and a delicious cocktail made with Pimms!

After dinner we went back to the Corner Bar near our hotel to get more of the amazing sticky toffee pudding and spiked coffee drinks, but their service SUCKED and after sitting there for 45 minutes, we gave up and left. It was pretty ridiculous.

But look who we saw!

Since we never got dessert, we went to a convenience store and picked up something there and also stocked up on Orkney oatcakes (yum!).

Saturday night in Glasgow had a special feel to it and I think we were both fine with heading back to the hotel to relax and enjoy our store-bought desserts. You could feel the energy outside as the night went on and as the street noises got louder, it definitely felt best to be snuggled in our hotel beds. Nothing felt scary in Glasgow, but it wasn't like we were looking for a wild night. Being hungover for 7+ hours on a plane is not something I want to experience!

I was pretty sad that it was our last night in Scotland. My only regret was not having more sticky toffee pudding. One more day to blog about!


*Note: I love dreary days!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Day 9: Glasgow

We were pretty tired by this time of the trip. I think we were both glad that Glasgow was our last city not because we wanted to leave Scotland, but because we had the least amount planned for that city. We had tossed around the idea of using our rail pass to go to another city, but we ended up not and while seeing more of Scotland would have been awesome, I don't think we would have enjoyed our last few days had we done that. It's important to be rested and well while traveling!

We were also a bit done with public transportation by this point, too. After our epic day of bus/cab/train to get from Kirkwall to Glasgow, we wanted to stick close to our hotel and not have to 1) worry about getting around and 2) pay for cabs. Luckily, our hotel was in a primo spot of the city and we could walk most everywhere. The only place I had wanted to go to, but was too far away, was Ubiquitous Chip, but that's okay. It's good to leave things for next time.

First up, we headed down Buchanon St, which is the main shopping area of the city. It's a pretty impressive street of shopping! It's also a lot of fun because there are street musicians and it has a very energetic feeling. While Edinburgh feels magical and old, Glasgow feels bustling and gritty.