We said goodbye to Helén and Erlund in Edinburgh and picked up our rental car. Immediately out of the rental lot was a series of roundabouts, which are everywhere in Scotland, and for the first few days of driving they are more like rings of terror. I had never intentionally driven on the left side of the road before (nor the right side of the car), and it had been a while since I had driven a stick-shift. Despite the factors working against us, we got through it with constant concentration, Sarah’s solid co-piloting skills and her uncharacteristically supportive commentary.
We arrived in Glasgow and after a lunch of fish and chips we explored the Glasgow Cathedral. On the hill behind the cathedral is the Necropolis where the wealthiest Victorian captains of industry and robber-barons are buried. We walked to a great dinner at Number 16 in the West End. Glasgow has a vibrant restaurant and music scene and the average age of its citizens seems quite a bit younger than the rest of the cities. We felt like our visit here was too short and would have loved another day in Glasgow.