First of all, I want to say that I chose Eudaimoia for the title, as I think it best describes our week in Glasgow. Its origin is Greek and it significates the contented happy state we feel when we travel. Every day after visiting the conference, we used every single minute to discover as much as we could of the city.
On Tuesday, we started our journey of exploration on the west end of the city. Strolling through the streets, Glasgow’s breathtaking architecture caught our eyes. It’s characterized by a combination of modern glass buildings and old red and yellow sandstone buildings, which give the city a warm atmosphere, even though you might think this cannot be possible in rainy Glasgow 😉 Additionally, the extremely light green grass and the yellowish sunlight give the city a special appearance.
After an exhausting walk, all we wished for was a traditional Scottish dish, so we ended up in a traditional Scottish pub, eating vegetarian Yorkshire Pudding, which was absolutely delicious.
On Wednesday midday, we started our tour at the hostel. After listening to some extremely talented street musicians in the bustling Buchanan Street, we arrived at Geoge Square. There we took this gorgeous selfie below, in front of the town hall. Then, we passed by Strathclyde University and finally arrived at the colossal medieval church, Glasgow’s St. Mungo Cathedral, representing Scotland’s Gothic architecture.
Walking home, even though we had not planned to see more sights this day, we incidentally passed by the Tolbooth Steeple Clock Tower, St. Andrews in the Square and the McLennan’s Arch (from left to right), which astonished us greatly.
On Thursday we visited the University of Glasgow, which, for me, was one of the most exciting sights of Glasgow. It was founded in 1451 and reminded all of us of Hogwarts, due to its arches and many towers.
In the main building of the university, the Hunterian Museum was opened in 1807. It represents a variety of medical exhibition pieces of William Hunter’s work. Should you ever visit Glasgow, remember: You can visit all museums there for free!! 😉
On Friday, we booked a Hop On – Hop Off bus tour. First of all, we reeeeally loved the Gaelic channel 😉 Our first stop was the Riverside Museum, where we had a look at very old cars, trams, ships, bicycles and any other means of transportation. Inside the museum they even rebuilt one street with many shops from the 19th and 20th century.
In the tailor shop we didn’t hesitate to try on whatever we could find in a box of old dresses. Didn’t we look stunning?
Going home we passed many more sights, including People’s Palace, which is located on the East end of Glasgow, close to the river Clyde. One more time we were flashed by the green color of the grass of the park surrounding it.
All in all, I’m really thankful for that great opportunity that we were given. We could discover the city of Glasgow and were able to gain an insight into international conferences for English teachers. I enjoyed the week to the fullest and I will never forget it. Additionally, being with a group of people, who were randomly mixed together from all semesters was especially interesting. This atmosphere of field trips, as we had it back then in school, was nice as well, as it is not very common at university.