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Tuesday Travel Update – Glasgow, Scotland


Mann MoneyAfter a enjoyable weekend on the Isle of Man, I’ve arrived in Glasgow, Scotland.

I think the Isle of Man would be a great place to take a short vacation in the summer. In fact the capitol, Douglas, it has all the feel of a seaside resort town. As with all resort towns, things slow down in the winter. I had a rental car and spent a fair amount of time driving around the island, but I didn’t spend too much time walking because of the high winds.

Driving around Mann was an experience. I’ve driven plenty on the left hand side of the road in Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Fiji, so that wasn’t a problem. The roads on Mann are very narrow and often with stone walls on the edge of the road.

While I was on Mann I went to an ATM machine to get enough pounds to last me through my time in Scotland and England. I got about £200 which I thought was more than enough and put it in my pocket without looking at it.

When I was in Scotland, I tried to purchases a movie ticket with the notes I got from the ATM machine on Mann.

They wouldn’t accept them.

I knew that the Bank of England and the Bank of Scotland printed their own notes, but 1) I had no idea that the Isle of Man did too, and 2) I had no idea people in one area wouldn’t accept notes from another. Several people I asked in Glasgow said they can’t use Scottish notes in England either.

Technically they are all the same, but individual merchants are free to accept or reject any note.

I find it all very odd.

I’ll be here in Glasgow 2 more nights then I’m off to the UNESCO World Heritage site of New Lanark and then back down to London.

I’ll be attending the London Travel Massive meetup on December 13. Admission is free, but you should regster online before hand if you would like to attend.

What I’m Reading

Having completed all 15 books in the Dune saga, I needed something else to read. I have absolutely no idea why, but I downloaded Celebrity Inc. from the Kindle store. It is an in-depth look at how celebrities make money from selling baby photos, weight loss endorsements, reality shows, etc. Honestly, it is fascinating. Everything you read about celebrities is staged. Kim Kardashian’s wedding and subsequent divorce? All staged to maximize press. One of the most brilliant reality star manipulators of the media is Spenser Pratt. His on screen persona of being a jerk is totally for show.

I just downloaded this book and I’m not sure I’m going to finish it. It is extremely slow going and the set up of trying to use a lost copy of On the Nature of Things, by Lucretius just isn’t doing it. I like the Renaissance, I like old manuscripts, I like history, but for some reason it just isn’t clicking here.


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  1. What do you think of Ireland / Scotland travel in the winter? Too cold? I’m planning a trip there in Jan and wonder if I’m crazy! Thanks.

    • Gary says:

      Honestly, I’d return in the summer. It isn’t even the temperature so much as it is the daylight. The sun sets around 4pm. You don’t have much time to see anything.

  2. Hi….I’ve been following your blog regularly and am extremely inspired. Here’s wishing you even more amazing experiences, adventures and success.

  3. Geoff says:

    There are actually three banks in Scotland that print notes (the Royal Bank of Scotland, the Bank of Scotland, and Clydesdale Bank) – you can normally use them in England, even if it occasionally takes a bit of persuasion for people unfamiliar with them. I don’t think I’ve ever had a problem.

    Manx pounds though, I can imagine they would be quite hard to use!

  4. Kevin says:

    I agree well worth the time to visit! Loved every minute!

  5. Keith says:

    I was told by friends that I would have problems in England trying to spend some Northern Ireland pounds I had left over from a trip to Belfast. I was happy when I had no problems.

  6. The mix-ups with the currencies is such a kick in the head. Well, besides that, have fun!

  7. Hi,

    Really this is one of the great country in World where we can make our tour unforgettable.

  8. Philip says:

    If you have any spare days in London, a day trip to Cambridge is certainly worth the 45 minute train journey! Brilliant pictures of some wonderful architecture to be had, and most of the colleges are open to visitors.

  9. Alex says:

    I love Glasgow! Such a fun and lively city. I hope to hear more about your time there.

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