Today was a mix of sightseeing and gymnastics. If I was only visiting Glasgow on this trip – and aside from the gymnastics – I’d say I was ready to go home. This city just doesn’t interest me, plus the weather has been gloomy since I got here (though the sun came out this afternoon for a bit). But I’m heading to Edinburgh on Monday for three days at the Fringe Festival, and I have a feeling Edinburgh will be more my type of city.
Gymnastics didn’t start until 1 o’clock today, so I had the morning to do something. I lazed around the hotel room for a while before walking to the Riverside Museum, a little over a mile away. The Riverside is a free museum dedicated to transportation. (I know, I’m getting desperate…) It was actually pretty interesting, with walls of cars, several trolleys and buses, and numerous train engines. A highlight of the museum is the tall ship Glenlee which you can also tour for free. Coupled with a scone and hot chocolate in the museum cafe, it was not a bad way to spend the morning.
Next up: the Senior Women’s Gymnastics team final. The Hydro was jam-packed with spectators today to see the best teams in Europe battle it out for the team gold. Sadly, Great Britain had a few missteps and finished fourth behind the Russian Federation, France, and the Netherlands. It’s exciting that many of these same gymnasts will be competing at the Olympics in 2020! Seeing them in person has been a once in a lifetime experience. Tomorrow is the individual apparatus finals, and then I have a two week break before seeing the best of the best American gymnasts challenge each other for the national championship in Boston.
After the medal ceremony, I (and everyone else it seems) took the train to the city centre. I wanted to get a couple of t-shirts and check out George Square, which is ground zero for the Euros. The area was amass with people and a quick walk through and stop at the merchandise shop was enough for me. I had a cute little pub picked out for dinner nearby. I got a corner table and all was well until the waitress came back to tell me she didn’t realize my table was actually reserved and would I possibly like to squeeze into a table in the courtyard? I passed and found a table at Bread Meats Bread (which I had read good things about online) and enjoyed a buffalo chicken poutine instead. If that sounds like a weird combination, it was… and it was amazing! Last night’s plan to catch up on sleep backfired as I watched the hours tick by with no sleep in sight. I’m calling it an early night again tonight; hopefully with better results!