Friday, June 30, 2017

Glad in Glasgow

The Willow Tea Room
Buchanan Street
Glasgow, Scotland

Now that the rain has dried up, I can confirm that Glasgow is great! The parks and museums are top notch - and free. Today's explorations with the hop-on hop-off bus highlighted the University of Glasgow (today was graduation day!), the Kelvingrove Gallery and Museum, and Glasgow Cathedral. In the university area, there is the Mackintosh House. This was my favorite due to the geometric parallels in design and art of Frank Lloyd Wright and Gustav Klimt. I was so enthralled that I continued the architectural experience at the Willow Tea Room near our Airbnb on Buchanan Street (pictured above). 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Save Glasgow for a Rainy Day

Merchant City 
Glasgow, Scotland

I don't know how the Scots do it. How are they all so friendly and helpful with so much overcast and rain in their lives? The slogan all over this town is "People make Glasgow," and I have to agree that they make their city so wonderful. Glasgow has not been sunshine and picnics. 
As you can guess, today was very rainy. It took some time for me to adjust to the precipitation, but eventually I started to see this city's splendor. A bus tour shared the highlights from Merchant City to the University area and chauffeured us to the Riverside Museum (of Transportation). All VERY cool, especially since all City Council-run museums are free! Also on the bus tour, I was in awe of the murals scattered throughout. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

From Edinburgh to Glasgow

Dean Village
Edinburgh, Scotland 

Today I really fell in love with Edinburgh. Away from the Royal Mile, I really treasured the strolls through Stockbridge and Dean Village (two neighborhoods) as well as the Royal Botanic Gardens. An equally picturesque train ride transported my Mom, Lucille, and me to a much different Glasgow. From the charming capital to the gritty big Scottish city, I'm intrigued to learn more about this bustling city in the days ahead. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Daylight confusion

Calton Hill
Edinburgh, Scotland

Today, I reached a new record of steps. And that was after sleeping in until noon. Thanks, no thanks, jet lag. 
Despite the rainy start, the weather held up for lots of walking to Holyrood (the Queen's residence), the Scottish Parliament (we got the chance to see the members vote while in session) and up Arthur's Seat. All were incredible, albeit a bit misty under the cloud cover. Another thing that amazes me: the sun doesn't fully set until 11pm. (I took the picture on Calton Hill around 9pm.)

Monday, June 26, 2017

Scotland: #43

High Street
Edinburgh, Scotland

After a long yet solid flight with hardly any sleep, I wasn't sure if I was experiencing or dreaming up this fairy tale city that is Edinburgh. Everyone is super pleasant, and the city's architecture and energy are spectacular! We combatted today's jet lag with a fascinating walking tour of the Old Town and some delicious restaurants. Nothing couldn't have been better - although I wouldn't complain about a few extra °F. Very happy with everything and ecstatic to explore more tomorrow of number forty-three on my country list! But first, I need to catch up on some zzz's. 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Head Upstate, then East!

Newburgh, NY

The bags are packed. I'm all checked in. I've got forty pounds for forty-nine days. My journey began with a trip over hill and dale to Stewart International Airport. This is probably the friendliest airport in the tri-state area. That combined with the mega affordable plane ticket, I can't wait to get started! 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

I'd best be on my way...

Keyport, NJ

Hello again! It's been more than a year since my time in Vienna has concluded, and I'm finally back for another adventure. I miss Austria dearly, but I've also been quite happy at home. Some parts of life are new, others haven't changed. The biggest update is probably that I've started teaching Spanish back in New Jersey. I really have to say I love the profession! With grades submitted and the classroom packed, it's time to explore beyond my home state. I'm very excited for the next two months of new sights, old friends, and different countries. 
Where to, you ask?? Follow along as I post about my backpacking through Europe. :-)