Let’s deconstruct the name Glasgow Gallivanter back to front!
Gallivant: to go around from one place to another in the pursuit of pleasure or entertainment. I think I can tick those boxes! I love wandering both in my home country, Scotland, and (less frequently these days) abroad. When people asked me what I wanted to be when I was little, I always said “an author”. I filled notebooks with stories and poems which I was sometimes asked to read to the class in primary school. Writing essays in secondary school and university seemed to knock that creativity out of me and I modified my bookish ambitions to becoming a librarian (sorry to say, I was under the impression I could read all day). Now, in the wonderful era of the world-wide web, anyone can be an author and here I am writing again in my retirement. I want to create a record, current and retrospective, of my gallivanting before I get too old and forget it all! If other people enjoy reading my posts then that’s a bonus.
Glasgow: Scotland’s largest city. I’m not a native Glaswegian, but I’ve been here since 1986 and can’t imagine living anywhere else now – it’s a great city with lots going on. Edinburgh might have the biggest festival but, in normal times, we seem to have one every month or so, my favourites being Celtic Connections (music) and Aye, write! (books). Eating out is excellent, especially if you like curries as I do (although I admit my first Glasgow curry brought tears to my eyes and I couldn’t speak for some time). Another feature of Glasgow is that it’s a very green place with a high number of parks which we enjoy visiting, and we’re also really well placed for getting into the hills, both up to the Highlands and down to the English Lake District.
And who is “we”? My companion is nearly always John, my husband of almost 40 years. When we gallivant together, I do most of the planning before we go, but he’s much more practical once we get there, finding his way around with ease while I trail in his wake without a clue how to get to where I want to be (no sense of direction). He also takes most of the photographs for the blog – and all of the ones that are any good. We make a great team. So please – come along and join us on our journey.