13th July 2014
My brother Harri has kindly donated a post for this day to his tired sister:) Here it is:
Today I experienced an awakening to what the UK has to offer for a young person like me. Glasgow is an old city that has flourished into a modern metropolitan to create a wonderful balance between old and new.
The day got off to a slow start as the washing did not dry in our cool but comfortable Victorian a townhouse. Located in a beautiful classic British town our location allows us to experience the true British life. What a dream!
We started in the modern part of the city as we explored Laura's (hopefully) future University, Glasgow Caledonian University (shortened by the Glaswegians to "Cally"). The friendly people really overshadowed any negatives of the university, as they expressed great interest in Laura and our trip.
By chance we found an impressively sleek and immaculate high street, called West End, where the large almost car-free streets and amazing views of the park and city blew us away.
Even though it was raining and our non-waterproof shoes were giving way to the wetness, it created a very magical atmosphere; the wonder of a typical British rainy day.
West End was the beginning of our journey through Glasgow wonderland. I want to live here!!!
The beautiful and peaceful Kelvingrove Park; fantastical.
I honestly couldn't believe that this was Glasgow University when I first saw it. One of the most imposing buildings I've ever seen, standing on the hill, showing off its medieval charm to be seen from all over the city. We literally saw it from about 10 different views! It's extraordinary Harry Potter-like charm (along with the beautiful surrounding parkland) placed it at the top of my prospective University list. Let me say that the inside did not disappoint. From the array of rounded pillars, that flow like waves under the building, to the simply stunning courtyards will guarantee to impress anyone.
One of many amazing views of Glasgow University.
Mum losing herself in the arches that flow out of the ground like giant springs.
Our minds still in awe of what we had just witnessed, we continued to another impressive building that offered more than just pretty architecture. Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery was very "educational" (quote dad) as for each section and every single piece of art there was a description of the piece itself along an explanation of the technique.
A perfect little big museum that showcased famous Monet and Van Gogh paintings.
This great big painting (located in the museum and art gallery) contains more than 200 real people (including Queen Victoria) who all attended an art exhibition in Glasgow.
My favourite car standing in contrast to the victorian street backdrop. i noticed these all over Great Britain. It must be a sign!
And finally we arrived back to our quaint, and cozy townhouse where I started to write this blog on the comfortable couches in the living room.
The cute entrance to our victorian abode.
Now you are uptodate,
Laura and Harri:)