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Megabus Gold disappointment?

Apparently the MegaBus Gold coach broke down, and has been replaced by what seems to be the oldest vehicle in the fleet… So no luxurious seats, no private berths, no WiFi, and not even power outlets for the passengers. And I was really looking forward to use the sleeper service for the first time!
That’ll be a call to customer services in the morning for a refund…

Update: After a short Twitter exchange, they promptly refunded me the MegaBusMegaBus Gold price difference, so no complaints there.

Glasgow at last!

We actually arrived 25 minutes early, but if you’re so uncomfortable you can’t really sleep, seven and a half hours still seems like a very long time!
Now first a coffee and a hearty breakfast to get me started.

Glasgow Subway smartcard

If you think ahead, you can save quite a bit of money: my Glasgow Subway smartcard arrived at my hostel before I did, so I can start using it straight away now. I especially like the automatically applied ‘daily cap’ of £2.70, which is already cheaper than two single rides, and certainly cheaper than the £4 paper day ticket!

Checked in at Euro Hostel Glasgow to freshen up a bit and change into my kilt. This time again, there was a little present waiting for me in my room: Irn-Bru to battle the hangovers, and some funny kilt socks. Not to be worn with a kilt. 🙂

BrewDog Glasgow

You might be wondering why I’ve become so silent all of a sudden: after a coffee break at Artisan Roast, I headed over to one of my favourite places in Glasgow, BrewDog Glasgow.
I had to catch up on some BrewDog beers that haven’t reached Belgium yet, and now I’ve moved on to the Gigantic guest beers.
Life is good… 🙂

Harris Tweed

At Mr Ben I found a kilt jacket I quite like: Harris tweed, nice grey satin lining, probably from the late forties, early fifties. I found a nice brown leather pre-war sporran as well, but it needs some repair work.
To celebrate those great finds – and because I haven’t had any whisky on this trip yet – I’m now at The Pot Still enjoying a pre lunch dram: a Royal Salute 21 years old.

Kilt Report

So, after three kilted day in Glasgow again, it must be said that the kilt still isn’t an everyday garment. Until today, I had only seen a kilted piper on Buchanan Street, and a couple of kilted men at the ceilidh. One of them wore a strange combination of a ghillie shirt and a Prince Charlie jacket…
On a couple of occasions I’ve been asked if I was “going to the rugby”. Apparently a rugby game is one if the few occasions where the kilt is worn casually. Today there actually is a big rugby game being played—Scotland vs. England—so there are more kilties in the streets today.
There’s still a long way to go before kilts are just as normal as trousers, though. But that won’t keep me from wearing my kilts as often as possible!

Coffee Infused

I almost forgot they have a Hop Cannon at BrewDog Glasgow now as well. It’s not just for hops though, although not everything turns out well: at some point they tried to make a bacon infused beer, but that turned into quite a sticky mess…

The result of today’s experiment was a beer with a stronger coffee taste than some coffees I’ve had!

Back on the Bus

Well, that’s it, I boarded my MegaBus Gold, a real one this time. Not a lot of space, as you can see, but comfortable enough to sleep. In theory at least, because the movements of a bus are quite a bit more unpredictable than those on a sleeper train…
Now I’ll just have to hope there will be no delays and I’ll be able to catch my next bus in London.
Good night!