Glasgow Musings, So Close and Yet so Far

FullSizeRenderIt’s early in the morning and I have been flying for 9 hours. I am sitting in Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, which has to be one of the quietest airports I have been in, staring at insane green tile. I have a ridiculous 3 hour layover and flew just past my destination, Glasgow. Such is the traveling life. I can’t wait, it’s been a year and I have so much planned for this trip. I will do my best to cover ground that got missed last trip and revisit some local hidden places and anything free and alternative in between.

Top Alternative Things in Glasgow

When you find a really great city that just feels like a great adventure, you can cram the few days you have there with so many activities and end up with your body flat on the couch at the service apartment, exhausted beyond belief. That’s what happened last year, and I expect it to happen again this week. I’ve been in endurance training for the last 3 years because I planned some travel, and it still may not be enough. I think it’s the traveling excitement we all get, you explore every inch you can in a short space of time, because you don’t live there. Last year I spent most of my time in the City Centre/ Clyde Side and West end. I decided this time to stay in the West End, the first 4 days to recover from jet lag and really try to know the city a bit better.

Glasgow is great for day excursions outside of the city to historical sites and a land filled with mountains. Stay tuned as I take and review a tour for you. Glasgow is the perfect travel hub, taking my flights out to Dublin and back, then off to Skye after a few days, then ending with Edinburgh Fringe. Each time coming back and spending a few days at Scotland’s biggest city. I hope this plan allows me to keep exploring places that the locals know, the hidden great people and things places that aren’t in guide books. I’ll be sharing that with you in the coming weeks.

I guess it’s also because this has been a rough year for many of us on this blue ball. I feel the need to take a three week asylum out of the US and see and meet people with some different mindsets than some of the locals where I live. I need to be out in a world that may think a bit less isolated, however we seem to have a growing trend in the world of isolationism. I hope that we can all be open and fight this trend. Stay tuned as I explore every inch of what I can in these fine cities this trip and share them with you.

Traveling Abroad This Year? Check the Countries Relationship With the US

What Political Relationships Can Do to Your Travel Plans

In these troubling political times, for the first time in my life, I feel afraid to try to travel back to my country. Part of it is, I sometimes want to stay in the country I am visiting, things back home just have me plain scared at times. But looking at my return flight from the 2017 trip, I am flying in from Amsterdam. Amsterdam, that place where many vices are legal, more so than our new Green States in the US.

Call it paranoia, or prudence? My bags will be checked in Scotland, which I think the US still has good relations with, although I haven’t seen Nicola Sturgeon news on meeting with President Trump yet. Since she has a Scottish Independence stance from the UK, our ally, who knows? Bags will stay in transfer with airlines, but I may come under scrutiny on the way in. Bad enough I have a very short transfer in Amsterdam and well, with the luck I have with boarding passes, I could miss my flight as is. Hmmm.

When traveling, think about the lovely country you are visiting, but also check on foreign relations with your country. There have been cases over the years where luggage has been compromised to bring drugs in. There have even been cases where your luggage may have been next to a tainted case and enough of a smell alerts a dog. It’s not just in the movies folks, things do happen. Just be aware.

Now, to figure out how to transfer smoothly in 1 hour 15 minutes when it takes 20 minutes to get off a plane do to someone having overhead baggage problems. Oh, check out map of airport, plot route and run.