Travels across the UK: Glasgow 5th October 2013.

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After a few days back at University, I made my way back on my travels very early in the morning. The flight up to Glasgow was so much cheaper at the time of booking compared the train or the megabus. I therefore thought it would be logical to fly up to Glasgow instead. It was faster anyways. I’d never been up to Scotland before this trip but I had always said to my friends who live up there that I would go and visit them. Not all of my friends however were actually in Scotland at the time which was sad, but hey I got to see a few people which was always a plus. I probably should mention now that I thought Scotland was literally one of the prettiest places I have ever been to.
I feel like the entire trip was so worth it as to some extent I feel like I have gotten over my fear of take off. I know that I have moved abroad so many times in the past and all of those times involved sitting on an airplane, but I cannot explain how terrified I am of take off. Somehow also when I lived in Singapore I actually managed to get myself on a plane to Japan without freaking out in front of my friends.
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I am afraid of heights and there is something discomforting knowing that I am about to leave the safety of the ground. I’m not too bad with landing, I feel calm due to the fact that I mentally accept that I am going to be nearer to the ground. It’s all purely psychological, and I feel that throwing myself into the situation really did help me over come this fear to some extent, even though there were tears and a mini panic attack.
Getting to the airport proved relatively simple for me. There conveniently was  a direct train to the airport from Cathays. The train ride was only about 40 minutes and the views proved to be quite pleasant.
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I also discovered my love for Barry. The tall apartment blocks overlooking the sea seemed so modern, and really appealed to me. I know that sounds very weird but they did look so good.  I spent most of my time at the airport making sure I had all my belongings and trying to keep calm about flying. Looking back on it, I really really don’t think I should of worried as much as I did about flying it was just unnecessary.
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The flight wasn’t too long, and I spent a great deal of time on it taking the stereotypical ” hey i’m a hipster bitch look at my hippie photography” cloud photos. I did fail slightly as the windows were not clear and my seat was right by the wing of the airplane.
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24,000 feet. 
Upon landing, I made my way out of the airport, and got the city shuttle bus up to the city to meet with Carla, who showed me a bit of the city center and walked me to meet Madi. I was supposed to meet my friend Robyn later that day, but I could not find her at the barrowlands.
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Walking through Glasgow
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The absolute babe that is Carla <3
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Had the pleasure of meeting new friends such as Lewis. 
After meeting up with Madi, we took a cab to our hotel as the trek was just too much for me at that point, I was too tired and the hotel was too far away. Much of the afternoon was spent in Mcdonald’s eating and taking short naps.
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Later that evening I headed to The Barrowland to meet up with the lovely people I had met earlier in the day and my friends. It’s crazy how many times I have made the promise to actually come see them up there and finally all of the plans just finally simply materialized. As I could not remember anything from when I was in Nottingham, I did not drink at all. I needed a break from drinking for a bit and this time I actually remembered most of the night and had a splendid time. I recall Hands like houses putting on a good show, as did the rest of the bands that night. I finally got to see sleeping with sirens and I thought that they were reasonably good live for the genre of music they play.
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Hands like Houses
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The summer set
At some point in the night Madi got exhausted and sat in a pile of boxes. Standard procedure.
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I got to meet this lovely dude. He’s in Hands like Houses,  don’t harass me, I don’t exactly remember his name at all. He was however really friendly and it was nice to talk to people who lived on the same side of the world as me and talk about cultural differences and stuff. Please don’t tell me google exists and I could google who this is, it’s 1:53 am.
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I also got to meet Sacha. She’s a wonderful person to talk to and not to mention she is also very very talented. She does covers of songs on a HARP and puts them up on youtube. I have seen so many of them and I find it so amazing that she does a lot of them by ear. They all sound magnificent and are worth a check.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YqdW3so0f4]
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checking out some of sleeping with sirens set. 
All in all, I feel like my trip to Glasgow was worthwhile. Sacha walked us back to our hotel where I immediately collapsed onto the bed after such a long day. I’m forever going to be thankful for how lovely everyone treated me up in Scotland. The people are ridiculously nice and it was amazing getting to meet people and see some old friends. It was also lovely to immerse myself in such a vibrant city with so many interesting characters even though it was only for 24 hours. Furthermore, I also achieved one of my goals which was one of the things I had to do at the show that night; distribute flyers for my friends band. As a friend I don’t think of this as a chore or whatever it’s more of the fact that I might as well help them out a bit here and there and return their kindness of being such understanding friends that are always a text away when I feel down. Quite a few people actually kept their flyers which is a good sign. I also want to make the point, that loads of people say to me that Glasgow isn’t a great place. But in my experience, I found that this statement is seriously far from true. I had such a great time in Glasgow for a first visit and I am definitely planning on going back up there soon as I can afford it.
xo

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