Scotland & Architecture

This is the first of a mini-series regarding my time studying abroad at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. I took so many pictures and have a good chunk to say about the experience that it doesn’t seem right to unload it all onto one post.

What I saw needs very few words, and some I’m not sure even my creativity could grasp at how beautiful the location was.

The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum that was a block down from my dorm. It’s red walls and imposing spires caught the cities attention from whatever road you were on.

I saw this walking to class daily and I always had to take a moment to look at it and wish I lived in something like this because: WOW. It was like a palace of culture.

Of course, it is hard to beat the university itself. It was built in 1451 and still stands tall and glorious today. Cobblestone and pillars line the roads and it feels like you’re constantly under its noble shadow.

Of course that makes sense given that this the rumored Hogwarts to JK Rowling. It’s not hard to see how this idea got started either. You want to walk right in and start learning Defense Against the Dark Arts!

The tower was under construction at the time of my study–but I like to pretend that it was under a protection spell. And get a look at the inside! You could get lost simply staring at the ceiling and out into the courtyard.

It’s almost a pity you can’t dorm inside the massive school.

A small house on the property. Hagrid, is that you? The little features and flowers really invite you right up to the door. This is one version of my dream house. Anyone else want that?

The streets surrounding the university are just as amazing. There are churches and beautiful buildings where my classes were held. It was nice that we were in a reformed household so the classes were very intimate and personal. It felt like a wonderful place to enjoy an interactive lecture.

The university was built up on a hill so it overlooked everything below. You could find some gorgeous spots with amazing views. What’s better is that most all spots had sitting areas for study or relaxing. Some inspirational views ready for all the students.

Doesn’t all of this just invite you to take a closer look? Even the gates have something artistic and magical about them that adds to the scene rather than takes away.

Did someone mention quaint? There are so many wonderful shops and restaurants that make the bottom half of buildings feel so modern while the top is out of another century. The mixture is all over the place and, personally, one of my favorite things about Glasgow.

I genuinely could not get enough of the buildings and architecture around me. Everything about the location was so inviting and homey. Every which way you turn you’ll find another place that you just know you could make into your own.

The different mom and pop stores were fantastic too. Their styles and originality stood out to me as, from Texas, I am more used to Industrial and chain-stores. It was an amazing breath of fresh air (literally, the air was always cool and clean) and I think about Glasgow most every day.

Looking for different styles? No worries! The city has it too. There were random little pops of styles that didn’t seem to quite match with everything around it and yet, somehow, blended in perfectly. I don’t know how this massive monument remained, but I am so happy it did.

Even more gorgeous churches, of different religions, could be found wherever you turned. It felt comfortable and accepting on the streets. Really, the most insulting thing I heard while there was about Americans and it was about our penchant for writing clean, happy endings (something I am all for btw).

The doors to almost all the churches were opened and welcoming. I don’t think anyone would’ve been shunned by stepping inside. A pleasant feeling for someone like me who is not so religious.

It doesn’t seem quite fair to see these buildings and not have them anywhere close any more.

The houses all squished together. I’m one who wants a bit more space for my buck, but I can’t lie that there was something incredibly charming about these houses. If you think they’re adorable through pictures and television, you really must see them in real life.

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You’ll find homesteads and businesses alike in these places. I wanted one so badly. Imagine stepping out your door into such a vibrant city.

Guess I can’t complain too much as the views from my dorm were rather pleasant.

The streets had something to say as well. It was nice to step out and see this history at my feet, ready to take me all sorts of different places.

I do hope you haven’t grown bored yet. We still have a little more to share!

Taking these streets were always exciting. Not only did I get to see such beautiful sights in my type of weather (cloudy and rainy–who needs sun?) but this walk meant I was on my way to delicious food. FOOD. Now that is a topic

I cannot wait to share with you all in part two.

We’ll say good night to the architecture for now and move on.

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Thank you for taking the time in joining me on this stroll down not-long-ago memory lane. I cannot wait to show you more.Also, apologies if any of the pictures seem a bit squished or not quite enough. If you wish for things to be differently presented, let me know!

Looking for your own ideas on traveling? Take a peek at Rick Steven’s series for the best guides. When I worked at Barnes and Noble, we sold at least a few copies of his books a day.