Today was the first day of the European Gymnastics Championships, so I spent most of the day at the SSE Hydro arena taking in the action. I didn’t feel like I was missing very much sightseeing-wise. As a city, I feel like there isn’t a whole lot to interest me in Glasgow, and I saw the highlights I wanted to see yesterday. Anything else will be a bonus. Contrary to yesterday’s prediction, I slept pretty well, save for about 3 hours in the middle of the night when I couldn’t fall back to sleep. So I slept from about 4:30 to 9 last night, and again from midnight til about 5:45 this morning. Not too bad.
The SSE Hydro is literally a 5 minute walk from my hotel so I strolled over in time for the first session of the day. With teams from 26 countries vying for the 8 spots in the team final on Saturday (the top 8 gymnasts on each event also qualify for event finals on Sunday), there were 4 subdivisions in the qualification round today. Each subdivision lasted around 2 hours with about an hour between each round. It was a long day, but these 4 days at the Euros are probably the closest I’ll ever come to an Olympic-like event.
I left the arena after the first subdivision and headed to the Hidden Lane Tearoom nearby. Hidden Lane is really a little alleyway off Argyle Street that opens to a small courtyard of homes and businesses. Since I didn’t get to have a scone yesterday, I made up for it today by enjoying a sultana scone with cream and jam and a Belgian white hot chocolate (complete with marshmallows and whipped cream, thank you very much).
Then it was back for subdivisions 2 and 3, with a short walk back to the hotel in between to charge my phone. Subdivision 4 followed shortly after with enough time for me to grab a Welsh rarebit and sticky toffee pudding for dinner at a restaurant across the street before it started (I know… carbs, carbs, and more carbs today!). Subdivision 4 was the most exciting because the top 8 teams from the 2016 Euros were automatically assigned to the 4th subdivision today. Which meant I finished up my day watching the teams from Russia, Great Britain, Romania, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Hungary, and France.