I remember when I first came to Glasgow in 1973...being profoundly stunned at how suffocatingly dark and soot-blackened the city was. I had never seen a place so choked and grubby..... In the subsequent years Glasgow has gone through a glittering and celebrated transformation.... Never before had a city's reputation undergone a more dramatic and sudden transformation--and none, as far as I am concerned, deserves it more.-Bill Bryson, Notes From a Small Island
|Cumberland St Train Station, a photo by Bora Horza on Flickr.|
|Go on i dare you......., a photo by John Farnan on Flickr.|
Rick Steves is my personal travel guru, the guy I go to when I really want a straight answer about visiting a place. He says, "For most visitors, a few hours are plenty to sample Glasgow," but the truth is that "most visitors" won't browse the charity shops. Rick Steves is the kind of guy who would, and I think that's why he can talk about Glasgow's "earthy charm." You have to get to know Glasgow; it won't come to you on its own. Still, it possesses a special character and a certain charm that you won't find anywhere else.
Here's a short sample of the kind of dialect you can expect in Glasgow:
Bryson, Bill. Notes from a Small Island. New York: Morrow, 1995. Print.
Steves, Rick. Rick Steves' Snapshot Scotland. Avalon Travel Pub, 2011. Print.