30.07.2016 - 01.08.2016
Hello again Glasgow! We met Elaine and John at our apartment for the night, and managed to fit in a quick load of washing before heading out to Jinty's. Because it's nice to have clean clothes to wear occasionally.
Jinty's (an Irish bar in Glasgow) seemed a good way to ease the non-existent culture shock between Ireland and Scotland, and also felt a bit like being in Australia because Steve and Lesley were there! We had a great night with some familiar faces and plenty of new ones as well - with an excellent curry thrown in the mix too. Unfortunately the kebab shop was closed when we walked home, so our devious plans for a midnight snack were ruined.
No problems finding a morning snack though - breakfast was at the first cafe we found, approximately ten metres from the flat. Perfect. From there, Elaine and John headed home and Simon and I headed to the gardens to enjoy the great outdoors and watch people and dogs of all shapes and sizes pass by. The Ubiquitous Chip was a good choice for a relaxed Sunday pint before the serious business of walking to Merchant City to meet up with Welshy, Dave, Fiona and Anna. There was a festival happening that night, so there were food stalls, bands, performers and craft stalls to entertain us all. We started at O'Neill's, an Irish pub (again!) which meant Smithwick's and Guinness were on the agenda. Anna managed to acquire a giraffe called Gerome while we were getting dinner and he quickly became the focus of the evening, and we look forward to hearing how he adapts to life in the office.
Monday was an unnecessarily epic journey to Otley - we caught three buses and one train, and it took an hour and a half longer than it should have. The bus was replacing a train (on account of the fact that the track had been washed away by floods earlier in the year), but then the bus was delayed - on account of Craig David fans leaving a festival. I've never been much of a Craig David enthusiast - now I'm even less so. But we made it to Otley, and had a delicious indoor barbecue with Annie, Andy and Stevie T once Rosie "look at me I can walk everywhere and will distribute these books as I see fit" Lancashire had gone to bed. A delightful end to an otherwise dull and mundane day.