I used to live in Glasgow. My first teaching job was in the city and I moved there in 1991 knowing no-one and nothing about the place.
I rented the cheapest bedsit I could find - £135 a month rings a bell - which was infested with cockroaches and mice. Sounds pretty dire, but the bedsit was one small room in a huge tenement flat that I shared with the best bunch of people you could ever wish to meet. We were all of a similar age, and had all either moved to the city to start our first jobs or to escape from parents!
Getting off the subway at Kelvinhall I walked along Byres Road to Hillhead. There's a fantastic new eatery near Kelvinhall station called The Chocolate Emporium and, being a total chocoholic, I found myself sucked inside. Highly recommended, excellent, friendly service and a crepe to die for!
The service at the next two places I visited couldn't have been more of a contrast - I was staggered at the extreme rudeness from the woman serving in the Oxfam shop, who barely glanced at me as I bought a ball of wool, but instead continued her loud conversation with someone else.
In another shop I overheard unbelievable conversations between the owner and two separate customers enquiring about having some jewellery repaired. She was so rude and abrupt with these women, implying that they were stupid to be unable to make these simple repairs themselves. Absolutely incredible. I am very tempted to name the shop, but as it's an independently owned shop I feel it would be disloyal!
I had done a little homework beforehand, and made a point of visiting some of the more interesting spots on the wee lanes to the side of Byres Road.
This shop, Relics, was my favourite - full of all kinds of antiques, junk and bits & pieces.
They have instructions for making all kinds of things. Ideas about what constitutes a hobby have changed somewhat since then - look at this reader's letter!
Just around the corner from Relics, hidden away down another back street I found the most amazing place - Ruthven Mews - an arcade full of shops specialising in antiques and interiors. I didn't take any photos there, but you can get the idea from their website.
So why was I in Glasgow? To see my hero in concert...
... and he was awesome!