Scotland, by Andrew Pack
March 22, 2011
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I was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and came to the U.S. as a child. I never forgot my roots, and to this day regard Scotland as one of the most beautiful places on earth. Glasgow is in West Central Scotland, and enjoys one of the most temperate climates in the nation. Winters are typically cold and damp, but springs and summers in Glasgow are generally mild, with an average high of 68 degrees in July. The city centre is based on a grid system of streets on the north bank of the River Clyde. George Square, where many of Glasgow’s public statues and the Victorian Glasgow City Chambers can be found, is the heart of the city.
A district that’s appealing for tourists is the West End, home to Glasgow’s district of tea rooms, bars, boutiques, hotels, clubs, and restaurants. In addition, the University of Glasgow and the Glasgow Botanic Gardens are situated there. Residential areas in this chic district include Hillhead, Dowanhill, Kelvingrove, Kelvinside, and Hyndland. Other popular tourist attractions in the West End include the Museum of Transport, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and the Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena. Each June, Glasgow hosts The West End Festival, one of the largest events the city puts on.
Other annual festivals include the Glasgow International Jazz Festival, the World Pipe Band Championship, the Glasgow Fair, and the Glasgow Film Festival. The city offers many cultural venues in additions to its other charms: the King’s Theatre, the Tron Theatre, and Cineworld Cinemas, the world’s tallest movie theatre, call Glasgow home. In addition, Glasgow boasts four institutions of higher education: The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, The University of Strathclyde, Glasgow Caledonian University, and Glasgow School of Art.
By Andrew Pack