||[Apr. 5th, 2004|08:22 pm]
This weekend, I've mostly been in Scotland.|
Hilary's parents currently live in Glasgow, so we headed up to see them for the weekend. Gillian (Hilary's twin, for those not keeping up at the back) was also up, and her boyfriend Sam even managed to stick his head round the door for a couple of hours, before disappearing off further north.
We got the train up, on a fairly indirect route (east coast, change at Edinborough), thanks to the joys of virgin value fares (especially their bizare tendency to release the fares for different bits of the network at different times...) We'd decided to upgrade to first ("club") class for the trip, since it was pretty long, but a fault with the virgin website meant we couldn't in advance. We then spent the whole way up trying and failing to upgrade, but sitting in first class for free all the same :) All sorts of things were blamed, from station ticket offices not knowing free seats to sell them, to staff from one of the unions refusing to carry the new ticket machines, and hence not being able to sell tickets. Still, the trains were on time, the club class seats were far more comfy, so we didn't mind.
We got to see a bit of the city on the way out to Hilary's parent's house, and managed to see most of the rest today. It's quite disconcerting to be in a UK city, and have it laid out US style, with a grid system of roads in the centre. Lots of nice buildings in the centre though, and a few fairly nice ones as you get out. We ended up popping into the science centre (situated just behind the "Armadillo", on the Clyde), which was shiny and new, plus quite interesting. Lots of cool demonstration experiments to play with...
Otherwise, lots of eating, lots of sitting around talking, some music playing, and a good time being had by all. There was even a bit of agreement on wedding planning.... Pretty good weekend, when all's said and done
Now, to go get the sleeper back to London, and hopefully get a train into the office for the normal time!