Whenever I'm about Glasgow with my mum, she's a,ways making reference to what things used to be and what shops and businesses used to be in their place. My dad is originally from London, s while he's got a good 30 years ofGlasgow living on me, he doesn't have the childhood stories that my mum has. The most I read about the tour, I kind of wanted to go along myself and when I told my sister, she said she'd come too so I thought I'd buy us all tickets as a nice little extra for Christmas.
When we arrived at the tour meeting point, we were given an safety briefing, issued hard hats and high visibility vests (yes, really!) and taken down one of the hundreds of dark and winding passages. As you can imagine, a station hundreds of years old in the countries biggest city, the place is huge. Not does it accommodate trains, but in the passed was used for everything from food distributions during famine times to storing the bodies of WW1 soldiers to identified to the importing of exotic produce from abroad. If you think the public areas of stations are big, what lies beneath is at least 10 times that.
It wasn't all doom and loom though, we were told about how apparently the old Glaswegian expression 'hod it and dodit' came from labourers building the station and about how ghost hunting groups have spent weekends camping in the stations underpassages, trying to spot spirits. As it turns out, one of the security guards who was in charge of the ground was mistaken for a ghost on camera and became somewhat of a YouTube hit!
It concluded with our tour group being split and each of us being shown the old Victorian platforms, 20 metres or so under even the lowest platforms used today, still tiled and decorated as they were hundreds of years ago. Currently, these are only accessible via a ladder but the tour leader said they're aiming to make a proper staircase in the coming months so they can take people down there too. That part was definitely the most fascinating for me.
After the tour finishes, we went to Five Guys which has just opened in Glasgow. A few friends and coworkers had mentioned it and said their burgers were great, and boy oh boy, were they!
I had a bacon cheeseburger with jalapeños, peppers and extra tomato with Cajun fries and pink raspberry lemonade. Not only were the fries probably the best I've ever had (certainly in the top 5) but the ingredients on my burger were so fresh. I definitely want to go back some time soon, it was delicious! I had such a lovely day with my family, it's truly amazing the history behind even the most everyday of places and I really hope they do manage to build that staircase as I'm not fascinated now with their oldest platforms.