From the glitzy designer bags to the finest diamond jewelry Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city, and it’s most commercial. Prada, Nike, and Gucci line the hectic streets. Musicians with open guitar cases strum wordless melodies. Tourists and locals rush between the multi-level stores to the underground subway, and back again. I find myself swept up in the crowd.
I enter the Princes Square shopping center. It is surprisingly beautiful. There are deep, red-brown wood accents, decorative white railings and spotless glass windows. Although shopping is not one of my interests, I enjoy walking around the shops looking at the galleries and boutiques. Feet aching I exit the center and head to Costa Coffee.
Dusk is falling as I make way through the hive of buzzing people. I notice a small stone archway with columns on both sides. Engraved at the top reads the Royal Exchange Square. (Later I would discover that over 500 people attended an enormous feast to celebrate the re re-opening of this square in 1829!). Above the arch, my gaze follows the fairy lights strung between two weathered stone buildings creating a canopy of golden lights above me. The sky is a vivid, velvet blue and the lights look like the brightest of stars. It’s a good night in Glasgow.