Monday, June 13, 2005

Loooke at tha' feckin' HUSKY

Driving rain all the way to Glasgow this morning, not giving much opportunity to appreciate the landscape. Luckily it eased off just as we got into the city. I got to the inner city-based guesthouse The Old Schoolhouse fairly easily, and bought some parking vouchers to see me through the day. I was leaving the decision about whether or not to take the train to Fort William as long as possible. Our room wasn't going to be ready for a while so we trekked down through Glasgow's attractively grand, and mainly pedestrian-only, city streets. I was keen to find an internet cafe and expected to trip over one pretty quickly, but the only one I did find that way had its system out for rebuilding. Some wandering Glasgow city information officers made some suggestions but these didn't pan out. I eventually got directions to an EasyInternet Cafe (owned by the Easyjet founder) but couldn't do much more than check email as the terminals were running very old software and had USB connections crippled.

Early in the evening we struck out in a northwesterly direction following a "that looks interesting over there" navigation strategy. After not took long we ended up the Kelvingrove area - dominated by parks, Glasgow University and statuary of Lord Kelvin and others. The park has a strong flowing river running through it, and has a slightly "wild" feel in parts. I was reminded of Stanley Park in Vancouver. We came out of the park near a series of museums and followed one street for some distance back towards the city. The area seemed to be awkwardly balanced between public housing and incipient gentrification. We plodded on, looking for food and eventually settled for some Indian take-away. I noticed that most of the take-away shops advertised themselves as fish'n'chips / pizza / pakora (i.e. Indian fry-up) and the range of Indian foods was actually pretty limited unless you went to a sit-down restaurant. "Curry" is something to drizzle over a pie or chips. Either way it's still quite expensive compared to Australia. A samosa is £3, which works out at about 5-6 times the cost of buying one in Sydney.

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