Scotland 2018: Day 3

Another day of gymnastics. Since I hadn’t decided whether to do a day trip today or go to the Junior Women’s gymnastics, I waited to buy my ticket until yesterday and was in the very back row on one side of the arena. Hardly close enough to see anything. People don’t seem to show up for all of the sessions, so there were plenty of empty seats and I was able to move closer for all of the sessions.

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Clootie Dumpling – Willow Tea Rooms

I went to the first session and then walked into the city centre for “tea” at the Willow Tea Rooms, tucked into a little room on the second floor of a building on Buchanan Street. I recently saw clootie dumplings on the Great British Baking Show, and it was on my list of foods to try in Scotland if I had the chance. Well, today was the day! It’s probably not something I would order again, but it was an interesting fruitcake/gingerbread-type cake with rich custard on top. With the open window and a bagpipe player on the street outside (albeit with a limited repertoire…), it was a perfect place to rest for a bit.

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Great Britain Junior Gymnastics Team

After my midday snack, I went back to watch the second gymnastics session, which included Great Britain and Italy, both of which have amazing junior teams and were ranked 2 and 3 at the end of the session. I felt like I had enough gymnastics for a while after that so I attempted to take a nap and then had dinner in the hotel restaurant before heading back to watch a little of the final session. My lack of sleep is catching up to me, so I only stayed for a short while and then called it a night.

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