SCOTLAND

1. GLASGOW

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We mostly stuck to the west end of Glasgow because my friend is studying at the University. It's a neat town, with a cozy subway system that operates in two concentric rings. The city centre is wide and offers an array of modern stores, most notably for  me an END store and an old school Tweed shop, Walker Slater.

One of my goals for this Scotland trip was to procure a tweed jacket for myself. Tweed is such a visually striking material; you can feel it when you see it. The hunt for this tweed jacket started in Glasgow, a few days in, and ended on my second to last day in Edinburgh, so it was this nice little quest that framed this trip well.

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I always felt like my college was Hogwarts. Each class had their own emblem, the Green Griffin, the Gold Sphinx, the Red Pegasi, the Blue Lions. (Unfortunately, I got stuck with the Blue Lions. Boring in the Hogwarts world, equally boring in the real world.) That part I'd say Mount Holyoke still retains, but the architecture of University of Glasgow is strikingly similar to Hogwarts. I'm pretty convinced that  J.K. Rowling must have been inspired by these arches or the spirally caps of the towers.

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