Last summer Beyoncé announced her Formation World Tour and I bought VIP tickets for the Glasgow show because I have both Scottish and Irish ancestry. It was a chance to explore my heritage and see Beyoncé on a much-anticipated tour.
I sat next to an American who somehow managed to find a job there on the plane (someone let me know how this is done) and arrived to the best Scottish accents. I was in heaven.
Scotland is so green! I cannot get over that. I mean I know this should’ve been obvious but Texas doesn’t have seasons so to see nature and colors is a real treat.
My first stop: a pub for Scottish beer! I don’t drink beer and couldn’t tell you anything about it but I know to try it in Germany, Ireland, and Scotland. I went to The Pot Still because the exterior was everything I imagined a Scottish pub to be. They had so much whiskey and beer and I just didn’t want to be that American girl taking tourist pictures. Anyway, they knew I was tourist and super friendly despite the fact that I had no idea what I was doing trying to order. I may or may not know a thing or two now.
I toured all of Glasgow… University of Glasgow, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, People’s Palace, and more. A bit of a history lesson: women had to fight for their rights to be served at Tennent’s Bar. Women have served as managers ever since. I just want to say, “Cheers” to that!
Notes: Pay attention to the weather. I made up my mind that I was going to a Beyoncé concert and getting in formation with a chic jumpsuit (not to be confused with a jumper or sweater for my European friends because that would make way too much sense). I did spend some time shopping and found my way in AllSaints looking for a jumper because it was cold! I didn’t wear a jumper. It’s rained and I froze.
Also, if you have any questions at all don’t be afraid to ask in the airport. I almost never do but when I arrived in Scotland I did have some questions about transportation (taxi, train etc.) and they were able to explain everything without confusing me. There really is a lot to see and if you want to go the Highlands or more than Glasgow, you could probably use one of their maps and get idea on local transportation.