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Scotland by night

Monday, October 11th, 2010

It is certainly no secret at this point that I loved and felt inspired by Scotland, and I sincerely hope that I can find an excuse to live there someday or at least go back for another extended stay. To finish up my posts from the trip, here is a small collection of images captured during our evenings in Edinburgh and Glasgow. I have always loved taking photos at night. Perhaps it is because the light is unfamiliar and thus feels novel, and because it comes generally in small soft pleasing pools as opposed to the common “blanket” lighting of the sun that we are so used to. Or, perhaps it is just my own personal affinity for that time of (un)day. Either way, I would like to continue to get myself out into the world more often after sunset (and more often with my tripod, which unfortunately did not travel to Europe with me this time).

Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)

Photos taken in Glasgow and Edinburgh, Scotland between September 29-30, 2010.

Baron(esse)s in the Scottish Trees

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Our second day in Glasgow, Catie and I spent a long time enjoying Kelvingrove Park with Adriane. We spent most of that time up in one tree, resting on branches, watching the sun come out from behind the clouds, and (in my case) taking photos of two pretty Alaskan girls in what seemed for them to be a very natural and comfortable setting. It was a perfect late afternoon, and none of us wanted to give in to the dipping temperatures and come down. It made me long to read Italo Calvino’s “The Baron in the Trees” all over again.

Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)

Photos taken in Glasgow, Scotland on October 1, 2010. Also available in Facebook format.

Scurrying back to the Glasgow Cathedral

Monday, October 11th, 2010

When we visited the Glasgow Necropolis on our first day in the city, we unfortunately were not able to go inside the neighboring Glasgow Cathedral (known by several other names as well, including the High Kirk of Glasgow and St. Kentigern’s or St. Mungo’s Cathedral) before it closed for the evening. As a result, I insisted that Catie, Adriane, and myself make a special trip back there on Saturday morning before we took the train back to Edinburgh for our last day in Scotland. It was well worth the effort, and I managed to put my wide angle lens to some good use (and not get too horribly frustrated in the process).

Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 2, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 2, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 2, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 2, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 2, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 2, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 2, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 2, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 2, 2010)

Photos taken in Glasgow, Scotland on October 2, 2010.

Finding names at the Glasgow Necropolis

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

One of the most beautiful parts of Glasgow that I was able to see during our limited couple of days there was the Glasgow Necropolis, which is located on a hill just east of St. Mungo’s Cathedral (otherwise known as Glasgow Cathedral). We walked there on our first afternoon just before sunset, which was the perfect time to meander about and enjoy the peace and quiet above the bustling modern city.

While we were there, I kept an eye out (and employed Catie to do the same) for the names Blair and Crawford, the family importance and Scottish history of which my dad had told me about when I informed him we were traveling to Scotland. I felt fairly confident in our ability to accidentally find a few Blairs (admittedly only because I assume it is an old and important name due to Tony Blair, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom who was born in Edinburgh, Scotland), and sure enough I did stumble across a couple, but I got excited when Catie also spotted two (in two separate locations, no less) especially old-looking headstones with the name Crawford on them. One was so old and worn that nothing could be made out except for the surname, but the other clearly read the full name of William C Crawford. I will have to talk to my dad again to see if a William C is mentioned anywhere in our family history, and to attempt to firmly establish my status as ‘most devoted son’.

Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)

Photos taken in Glasgow, Scotland on September 30, 2010.

A short hop over to Glasgow

Friday, October 8th, 2010

As I mentioned earlier, Catie and I were lucky enough to have not one but two old friends living in Scotland and willing to house us for a couple of days. So, after getting a thorough taste of Edinburgh, we hopped on a train and sped across (the skinniest part of) Scotland to Glasgow in the West. Hilary graciously lent us her aforementioned air mattress and Adriane (perhaps even more graciously) allowed us to cover 95% of her studio apartment floorspace with it. Glasgow is a much bigger city than Edinburgh and has a more modern feel. We had a great time walking around the city, the highlights including the Glasgow Cathedral and adjoining Necropolis, as well as Kelvingrove Park (most of which to be detailed in additional coming posts).

One highlight that unfortunately went undocumented altogether was our night out eating amazing Indian and Bengali food (there are apparently just as many such restaurants in Glasgow as in Edinburgh) including the best dal I have had since Bangladesh (reason enough to move to Glasgow right there, in my opinion). That amazing meal was followed by an opening night viewing of one of the best most hilarious Bollywood (actually, Kollywood, if you want to get technical) movies I have ever seen entitled “Enthiran” (although we saw the Hindi version, which goes by the title “Robot”). The movie stars Rajinikanth aka Superstar who plays both a genius scientist and that scientist’s robot creation Chitti, as well as Aishwarya Rai who plays their (collective) love interest. It is the highest budget (B/K)ollywood movie ever made. There was no way we could resist once we read the movie description:

Rajinikanth is a human who is not born but created. He can dance, sing, fight, is water and fire resistant. He can do all that a human can and more. He feeds on electricity. He takes instructions literally. Where a human can lie to save himself this andro-humanoid robot Chitti cannot lie. He has razor sharp memory and can memorize an entire telephone directory by just running through the pages, yet he cannot understand human emotions.

It was every bit as ridiculous and spectacular as I had hoped. The leftover dal was delicious for breakfast the next morning, too. It all made for a fantastic South Asian experience in Scotland.

Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Oct 1, 2010)

Photos taken in Glasgow, Scotland between September 30 and October 1, 2010.