No Nessie so we’ll switch to Brad

Thanks for the participation with our earlier challenge. Congratulations to the Padget Parents and the Kummer family (who will count as one until Alexa leaves home, then it’s Lex & the Kummer Parents) who each earned themselves another 2 points! And yay for Kristin who has joined the running with her first 2 points! And no that’s not talking about yours truly writing this blog but a fair young lady from up north who we love dearly!

Here are the actual answers for anyone curious & wanting to learn:
1. Baikal
2. Tanganyika
3. Superior
4. Michigan-Huron
5. Malawi
We also accepted the Caspian Sea because although it had oceanic properties, it is an inland body of water.

What fun point challenges are! Keep your eyes open…there might be another one coming at you very soon…

Today’s train ride was 3.5 hours. Justine slept and wrote in her journal while icing & elevating her foot. Kristin wrote in her journal and played mahjong. Not thrilling stuff but we need to pad this entry a little to keep to from being too short.

Our arrival into Glasgow went swell. Kristin had been worried this would be one of the trickier hostels to get to since it wasn’t in walking distance of the rail station. However Glasgow has a handy subway system (and it is called the subway here!) that we popped out of just 2 blocks from the hostel. This underground was a breeze after London as it was really just one big circle…kinda like the LRT: one route, choose a direction. The hostel is nice. We have a tiny 4 bed room…emphasis on the tiny but with only 4 people max in it there shouldn’t be a problem.

Arriving in Glasgow we didn’t really know what there was to do so we hoped on the Crazy Tourist Sightseeing Bus Tour. We hoped on at the University of Glasgow and rode the loop for an hour and forty-five minutes.
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So basically in Glasgow, we didn’t do much but we saw lots of things. These included a lot of museums, some churches (one was all ancient and burnt looking), some shopping centers (one with a crazy glass pyramid roof) and some lovely gardens within the city. To be honest we never actually got off the bus, it was just the Glasgow by bus today. We did learn a few things though, like that they used to do major ship building here, including the Queen Mary (we’ve been there!). Also they’re building a six start hotel and although they already have multiple theaters they are building yet another one as all of the existing ones are pretty much booked up for the next 10 years.
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The most exciting part of the loop was the closure of their main city square. This square has been closed down because Brad Pitt is currently filming his film World War Z here. We didn’t get to see Brad Pitt but we did see lots of people dressed in military uniforms and a set that looked like crashed cars.

We wandered through the university a little when we got off the bus.
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The problem with Glasgow is that everything closes at 5pm…not giving you a lot of sightseeing time when you only show up here at 1pm. The university was nice, with some old buildings. In contrast to UofA the ugliest buildings were the Engineering ones (called the James Watt building as he actually went there!). They really need to find some oil in this area, then their engineering schools could get some money! At this point it started to rain so we found refuge in a pub across the way. Here’s tonight’s supper:
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Yes, those are burgers…how very North American of us. But you may notice we had tea with them and even put cream & sugar in it as the British do. Also check out our British pudding course:
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Sticky Toffee Pudding! Yum Yum Yum!

Random Observations:
– There are no stop lights that go over top of the street here. We had noticed this before but it didn’t come to us until today that it was probably because double-decker buses would hit them!
– There really are snack trolleys on trains 🙂 “Anything off the trolley dears?”

Highlights of the Day:
1. Sticky Toffee Pudding…good call Dylan 🙂

So to finish off, we have come to one big conclusion today: Although Glasgow is a nice city, if it can have a sightseeing bus tour, so can Edmonton! We think we are equally exciting for visitors.
So here’s your challenge: help us name the sightseeing stops of the Edmonton Hop On-Hop Off Bus Tour! We will give one point for each stop you name, however they have to pass our strict set criteria based on our tour experience…so no, Valley Blades will not count as a stop Bradley! You will only get points for original spots, meaning the first person to name a sight is the only one who gets points for it.
Get researching, get creative and get embracing your Edmontonianism (yes, we just made that word up). You have till we publish the day after tomorrow to get your submissions in.

Love, Luck & Limited Time,
K&J