Glasgow and its wonders

Trust me, it is a huge university. Let me paint a picture. Imagine the biggest land piece in your head, and it was 10 times bigger than that! Vast expanse of what were dominated by two colors, green and grey were all over the place. Grey, and all of its shades that you can think of, were the buildings, forts and architectural beauties that the University was covered in. The main building of the university looked more like (and this being the closest resemblance that I can think of) the St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. And inside, it opened into what was similar to the architectural design of the Pantheon, with meticulously structured pillars standing, touching the floor and the ceiling at calculative distances. Moving in, one of the buildings opened into a lavish green park, with walls enclosing on all four sides. One of these walls had a huge gate that opened into the most scenic visuals. From this vantage point, you could actually see the entire city, and all of its architectural peaks. Being a Saturday, we weren’t allowed to venture inside the building, but what was outside was worth everything.

Their museum houses a collection of varying kinds of primitive tiles and stones (which seemed prettier than what the builders use these days), a giant skeleton of an Indian elephant and other primitive anatomical displays. What’s more impressive is the long stretch of plush blue carpet that has been rolled over the spiral stairs, along with a brilliant and gigantic fancy lamp that hangs from the top, illuminating everything with a wonderful blend of orange and yellow.

Nevertheless, this wasn’t what the University of Glasgow had for the show. I can’t recall all the names of the buildings though, but everything seemed huge, including the library. The IT room for the Computer Science section (in the Computer Science building, which was not the main building) is on the 10th floor and the view of the entire city from that building is nothing short of breathtaking. The most scintillating view, however, is the peak of the main building that towers through the trees, seems to do so till eternity.

The classrooms were again nothing like I’ve seen before. Just imagine a room between two glass walls that, on both sides, open into a balcony at the 13th floor! If what all I wrote while describing the 10th floor was drooling for the adventurous side of you, then this is beyond any comparison. Even if you’re not a fan of clinging on the balcony fences and peering down, it’s worth an experience. Although I hate to say the overall environment made me claw back to my engineering days, but as I said, it was worth it.

From a considerable distance, one could clearly make out the difference between the older and newer architectures. The older ones had a typical church look, with pointed tops and a slightly dirty grey on the surface of the walls. Nonetheless, one in every two had a faint yellow light illuminating the main door, and in contrast to the chilly weather, it gave a warm and cozy feel to the overall look. The newer ones, on the other hand, were more of a commercial design – partly experimental, partly stereotypically apartment like. The maintenance was something to be complimented on. No matter the fact that some of them have been standing there for centuries, they still seemed a crisp bite out of an antique store.

The city, as seen by two eyes walking on two feet, seemed larger, WAY LARGER! The City center runs a long distance, with three streets dividing the entire place in proportionate parts. The last one, however, ends with an enormous John Lewis mall. The mall seemed to be a remain of Citywalk back in Delhi – not by the brands that it housed – but of its long corridors and sparkling interior designs.

George Square was our last visiting spot for the day. A huge ground with streets running on all four sides, it is most suitable for people who love being outdoors more than being in the duvet. People, from desperate punks to business class to elder slackers, filled the ground. Pigeons, biting into grains of what I am assuming would be wheat, were scattered all over the floor, feeding life into a perfect love story backdrop.

Shaurya Arya

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