1. Welcome to VegasMessageBoard
    It appears you are visiting our community as a guest.
    In order to view full-size images, participate in discussions, vote in polls, etc, you will need to Log in or Register.

UK, Norway, Leaving Las Vegas, maybe more...

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by StormHawk, Apr 6, 2017.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. StormHawk

    StormHawk Yuma, where I work in software.

    Joined:
    May 13, 2011
    Messages:
    950
    Location:
    Des Moines, IA
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    15
    Yo VMB...
    Long time, no see. A lot of changes in the last 2 years. Moved to Vegas. Had some good times, made friends, moved away. Back in Iowa for my wife's new job. I went offline for a while and it was great. No message boards. No social media. It eliminates so much junk from your mind.

    I miss the LV sometimes. Especially the first few winter months back in the Midwest. I've been back once to visit friends, and just be there. It isn't quite home, but it was a comfortable place that I much enjoyed. I actually broke my gambling habits. Being in a casino of some variety nearly every day helped get rid of the urge. I still gamble but not nearly as much or as often. Even here, I don't go the casinos as much as I did pre-LV residency. I'm still fascinated by the gaming industry. Some things never change. I miss the outdoor opportunities and proximity to elevation and different terrain.

    I've been binging on shows like Departures, countless amazing race seasons, bourdain shows. Travel docs. I've got the travel bug.

    The next big adventure is looming. September. Bergen, Norway. Glasgow, the rest of the UK. Maybe Ireland. Probably Ireland. Yeah, Ireland too. Maybe some more Western European Mainland.
    This will be my first trip across that body of water. We want to fly into Bergen, my wife had distant relatives that used to keep in touch with her grandfather. We also have a friend assigned to Glasgow for work that we will be stopping by to see. She's new to the UK, so there isn't much travel advice to offer. One side of my family is from Wexford County, Ireland. I'd like to see the area.

    Advice? Contacts? Adventures? I love history and architecture. We're going to travel light and fast. 18L on our backs. Maybe a backpacking tent if we find some camping and hiking. That will take the bigger daypack.

    So, yeah. If you've made it to the end and untangled that weird mass of thoughts, thanks for sticking with me.
     
  2. vetsen

    vetsen Low-Roller

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2009
    Messages:
    329
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    23
    I was in Bergen for part of a day on a cruise. Going up Mount Floyen on the Funicular is kind of cool. But you didn't need me to tell you about that. It's probably going to me the #1 listed "thing to do" on most Bergen websites.

    They have lots of soft ice cream in Norway as a summer treat. I thought it was really good, it's a bit thicker and richer than what you get here if I remember correctly.
     
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2017
  3. Richard Alpert

    Richard Alpert LOST

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2015
    Messages:
    9,066
    Location:
    The Island
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    12
    Welcome back!

    Have a wonderful time on your European adventure! :D

    RICHARD
     
  4. StormHawk

    StormHawk Yuma, where I work in software.

    Joined:
    May 13, 2011
    Messages:
    950
    Location:
    Des Moines, IA
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    15
    We're booked. September. Flying into Bergen, out of Dublin 11 days later. Time to fill in the middle.
     
  5. Kevke

    Kevke Vegas Addict

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2016
    Messages:
    732
    Location:
    The Netherlands
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    8
    Your always welcome in The Netherlands ;)
     
    • Like Like x 1
  6. bribhoy

    bribhoy Low-Roller

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2015
    Messages:
    216
    Location:
    London, UK
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    6
    I've never been to Bergen, but I grew up in Glasgow and still go back regularly. I love my hometown and am delighted that you will get the chance to see it. History, architecture and the outdoors? In Glasgow, you are spoiled for choice.

    Home to the Art Nouveau genius Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Glasgow has a number of buildings you should see. The Lighthouse, Scotland St School, House for a Music Lover, all great things to see. This is a link to the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society below, which includes architectural walking tours of the city.

    http://www.crmsociety.com/

    Another great architect, slightly earlier than Mackintosh, is Alexander "Greek" Thomson and there are tours around his works also.

    For history, there are again various walking tours you can take. Glasgow grew in wealth and importance in the 18th and 19th centuries thanks to its strategic position as a west cost port allowing it to benefit from the huge growth in trade with the New World. Many street names echo this history: Jamaica St, Otago St, St. Vincent St. Sadly, much of this history is tinged with darkness as, although we tend to emphasise the tobacco trade, much of the wealth was generated through the slave trade.

    As for the outdoors, you are only 45 minutes by train from Loch Lomond - the gateway to the Highlands. You could also join the West Highland Way, if you wanted to trek a section. I believe it is also now an overseas part of the Appalachian Way.

    If you need to know anything about Glasgow - anything at all - let me know.

    Cheers
    Bri
     
  7. StormHawk

    StormHawk Yuma, where I work in software.

    Joined:
    May 13, 2011
    Messages:
    950
    Location:
    Des Moines, IA
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    15
    Thanks so much, Bri. It will take me a while to digest all of that. In the meantime...
    Do you recommend having a car? Or should we skip that?

    What can you tell me about football in early September? I'm a big sports fan in general, but I'm more or less clueless about soccer. It's an experience I'd like to check out if possible.
     
  8. GamblingGolfer

    GamblingGolfer High-Roller

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2011
    Messages:
    971
    Location:
    Vancouver, BC
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    40
    I spent a couple of weeks in Glasgow a few years back. I agree with bribhoy (and defer to his greater knowledge), but a couple of thought:

    - find a game at Celtic park. Quite the experience. The pre-game 'festivities' are something.
    - Byers road, on the west side, is great for pubs, bars, restaurants, etc.
    - we did rent a car for three days. Day trips to Ayr (Robbie Burns), Oban and Stirling were well worth it.

    Belfast is also a very interesting city if you make it there. When in Dublin make sure you get to the 'Jameson' distillery (my namesake).

    GG
     
  9. bribhoy

    bribhoy Low-Roller

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2015
    Messages:
    216
    Location:
    London, UK
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    6
    The new season will be well underway by early September, but fixtures won't be announced until July. I'm delighted GamblingGolfer recommended Celtic Park, since Celtic is my team. Their nickname is The Bhoys, which is where my user name comes from. Unless the game being played while you're there is Celtic vs Rangers, you should be able to pick up tickets fairly easily.

    Bri
     
  10. StormHawk

    StormHawk Yuma, where I work in software.

    Joined:
    May 13, 2011
    Messages:
    950
    Location:
    Des Moines, IA
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    15
    Sounds like a definite possibility if the schedules line up. Is it cool to just mosey on over to the east end as an American tourist? Or would it be wise to catch a ride straight to the park and back to the west side?
     
  11. bribhoy

    bribhoy Low-Roller

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2015
    Messages:
    216
    Location:
    London, UK
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    6
    To be honest, the East End of Glasgow is not a particularly salubrious area, but on match days there are over 50,000 people milling around so there is nothing to worry about before and after the game. That being said, public transport links aren't all that great, so when I go to the games, I tend to get a taxi out to Celtic Park (usually from Oran Mor, a bar in a converted church on Byres Road). After the match, taxis can be difficult so we usually walk up to Duke Street and get a taxi if one passes, or a bus if that happens along first.

    I forgot to mention one of Glasgow's great dining experiences: Rogano,

    http://roganoglasgow.com/

    It's an art deco oyster restaurant in the City Centre, and I have spotted Rod Stewart a couple of times in there before Celtic matches.

    Cheers
    Bri
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.