Today was the first day of orientation, which meant I had a welcome meeting, got my welcome pack, and most importantly, got my ID card.
Why is the ID card the most important?
It means I get to go to the library!
As soon as I got my ID, I went to the glorious House of Books and thought I would browse for a few minutes before going to meet my mom for our afternoon trek to the People’s Palace.
I was wrong. Very, very wrong.
Glasgow’s library has twelve floors. TWELVE.
I’ll need a map. Or at least a few hours to explore thoroughly. I looked at the study/work areas on the first and second floor, looked out the elevator on 3 through 5, then left before I became tempted not to join my mom.
I’m glad I did. It was great to walk through the city and Glasgow Green to get to the People’s Palace, where the cafe and winter gardens are unfortunately closed, but where there’s a whole lot about the history of Glasgow, including the World Wars and labor movements.
There’s also this awesome exhibit called Fizzers: 10 Years of Caricature. The caricatures are done by artists from the Scottish Cartoon Art Studio.
I kept thinking about soda whenever I saw “fizzers,” so it was helpful when the webpage for the exhibit let non-Glaswegians know that “fizzer” is slang for “face.” Makes a hell of a lot more sense than lovely fizzing drinks.
Here are some highlights:
After that, we went to dinner at a place called Juicy Lucy’s, which I chose in honor of my friend Lucy. It’s a hamburger place, and it was yummy. I got the Juicy Lucy burger and I couldn’t even bite into the whole thing at once.
I also had my first Irn Bru since returning to this misty and overcast country. It was wonderful.
We even passed the Queen of Purls during our adventure, which was great. I didn’t think I’d get there without a special trip, and we just stumbled upon it like two sober tourists a little jetlagged.
After lunch, we relaxed for a bit before heading over to the City Center to see St. George’s Square and the Duke of Wellington with the cone on his head.
We’d considered going to The Butterfly and the Pig for dinner and to check out the open mic tonight, but we’re tired and went to TGIFridays instead. I got a newspaper (The Times), we had some cocktails and small dinners, and then stopped at Poundland on the way back to the hotel.
Poundland is the UK equivalent of a dollar store, only better because they have yarn. KIDDING. A little. It was a short trip to examine the options, but I also grabbed some press and seal bags, a small planner for the school year, and Tunnock’s Tea Cakes.
My British friend likes to point out that they’re not REAL tea cakes, but they’re a bit like s’mores and perfectly snack sized and were also featured in the opening ceremonies for Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games two years ago (seriously). I don’t have a picture and am too sleepy to get one, so instead, I will refer you to this Tunnock’s product page if you’re curious.
I want to finish this post by giving a shout-out to the lovely folks in Heughan’s Heughligans (it’s an Outlander fan group and anyone who knows that is should not be surprised that I love it, and if you don’t know what that is, please click this link to have your life changed forever). I shared a single post with them and got a round of support greater than I ever would have expected, more visitors than I thought I’d get ever, and multiple commenters, including a couple very helpful corrections/additions.
That’s what happens when I underestimate the Outlander fandom.
It’s a little nerve-wracking knowing how many people are interested in my blog now, but it’s also really exciting and inspiring, it’ll help keep me honest and consistent with making sure I post at least once a week, and it reminded me that I should probably share this on my regular Facebook, too, for those that know me in person and might actually be more curious what I’m up to (Hi Fam!).
Don’t be afraid to make suggestions or ask questions! I’m always looking to learn and grow, and I know that there are some pretty smart cookies reading this now (some of them have already commented).
Thanks for the support, and I do hope I manage to keep you entertained.
Your Bonnie Celtophile,