We enjoyed another big breakfast with Emyr, who gave us directions to get out of Wales. Naturally, we used the GPS instead. There is supposed to be some point when you stop being stubborn and start listening to locals. We however, had not reached that point yet. So the next hour was spent driving past beautiful scenery, and usually driving right past the turn we needed. When you are out in the center of Wales the roads are narrow, twisty, and covered in sheep. We missed several turns because we couldn’t see them in time, and it was too narrow to turn around. One road was closed entirely. The GPS did a great job of recalculating on the fly.
It cost us an extra hour, but eventually we left Wales and made it to the M5. Once on the M5, it was pretty much a straight shot to Glasgow. We stopped at two rest stops for snacks and gas, but made fantastic time all the way up. We finally hit Glasgow a bit past 5, and found the block where our apartment was easily. We have 5 nights in Glasgow, so we rented a full apartment, which would have a kitchen and laundry, saving us cost in both food and deodorant. (A wash was a must by this point).
We had a confirmation number and a street, but it listed a range of addresses. It took a bit of walking up and down the block to find the door that had the small note on it letting us know that this was Reception, which closed at 4. I rang the bell anyway, and was getting ready to use the emergency contact number that was written on the note, when the door unlocked, and someone let us in.
We were lucky that the guy hadn’t let for the night yet, and he got us our key and showed us to our Apartment. It was a ground floor, exterior apartment. We went down to the sidewalk, and swung a creaky black iron gate open. Stairs led down to a landing below street level with a single apartment there. Right inside the gate, on the landing at street level, was a mosaic in the concrete.
It said, “Holland House Electrical Company LTD” around a company logo. Apparently the whole block was converted to apartments from whatever previous businesses were there. Interesting. We went down and checked out the apartment. The place was huge. Full Kitchen, living room, two separate bedrooms, and two bathrooms. We had a dishwasher and clothes washer.
I moved the car into the building garage, and brought the bags in. We immediately started a load of laundry, and went to walk around the town and find some food. the architecture in glasgow is fantastic, great, massive 19th century buildings in amazing condition. We wandered about for a while and accidentally ran into a Police Call Box (the same type that the Dr Who TARDIS is modeled on.) That was a cool surprise.
We eventually found a reasonable Italian place and had some dinner and wine. After that we fold a mini mart and got fixings for breakfast, some snacks, and wine for the evening. We walked back up to the apartment, opened the wine, turned on the tv, and discovered that the remote was out of batteries. I ran back to the Mini mart, got batteries, and ran back. Then we discovered that the cabe fitting was bad, and we only got BBC1 and 2. This gave us a choice of Some British talk show, and a sheep dog competition, in what sounded to be Celtic (with subtitles). We stuck with the sheep dogs and a lot of wine.
I will call Maintenance in the morning.