What a day!
I began by exploring the University of Glasgow and marvelling at 500 year old structures, mixed with the urban and industrial designs of the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as a little 21st century culture. Then I met my wonderful friend, who spent the rest of the day showing me the sights! We began with the Kelvin Grove Art Gallery which is just a beautiful building filled with fabulous exhibitions of both modern and historical works, exhibited in a manner that invites grassroots engagement – really a fabulous facility. Then we moved on to the Glasgow School of Art which is a lesson in Scottish architecture and design, based on the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. We were privileged enough to be given a private tour of the facility and I had a chance to view aspects of the building that are otherwise not permitted to the public – really a sensational experience. Then we moved on to the city centre of Glasgow itself, taking in the Sauchiehall Street public mall, including shops and more Mackintosh-inspired tea rooms and new public spaces, before dropping in to The Lighthouse, where Urban Learning Space is based. Then after negotiating future opportunities, we moved on to the Royal Scottish Opera House and the new Finnieston Bridge (connecting the West End and city centre of Glasgow over the River Clyde) before dinner and a discussion about our respective national identities!
So I’m back at the hotel now and looking for an early night before exploring the political history of Scotland tomorrow! There are heaps of pictures coming on all this – will post when they are uploaded!
Just finally though, I want to make a special point of thanking my friend for his time today. I’m deeply appreciative of his taking me over Glasgow so thoroughly and for humouring me in my exploration of Australian and Scottish nationalism and cultural identities. So thank you hugely!!! You are wonderful!!!