DRich
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August 4th, 2022 at 11:38:02 AM permalink
That Indian food looks great. My wife is making some as I type this (Butter chicken).

Great report, please keep posting.
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August 4th, 2022 at 12:18:00 PM permalink
I am loving your last leg: gambling, whiskey, chocolate, fresh hot naan, delicious Indian food, socializing, walking around and seeing the sights ó that's living!
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August 5th, 2022 at 3:15:20 AM permalink
I walked to Alea only to find out that their poker room that is self described as the ďbiggest poker room in ScotlandĒ is not open on weekdays or ThursdaysÖ if you want to be the biggest great but how about being then most open? Thursday should be one of the busier days of the week so I was very surprised they wouldnít choose Monday/Tuesday to be closed. I then headed over to Grosvenor where they said poker was open at 6, I figured by the time I walked there it would be 6 and it was. Problem! The info from the casino staff was wrong and the poker room manager doesnít even arrive until 7 lol. Game started around 7:20 short handed but filled up quick. I played for about 2.5 hours until I got sleepy. Most hands were straddled so the game was basically 2/5. I played only one big hand KK<JJ, I 4 bet pre (we were 100 bb effective), he checks a J high flop, I bet and he jams. Oh well can do much there, by the time he jams Iím only called £180 more into a pot of £820.

The crowd at the table were all nice and I could understand most of what was being said. One guy thought he was on the final table of the WSOP main event cause every hand no matter how small took him 30 seconds to make a decision. You could have given this guy blank napkins and he would have taken 30 seconds to think about what he should do with them. Guy next to me ordered fried haggis balls which smelled as good as they sound 💩 I cashed out down £535 for the night.

This morning I had a 11:25 flight to Belfast or so I thought. It started by me exploding my water bottle all over myself as I juggled my luggage at the elevators. Iím mostly dry now but in the moment it was quite cold. I took an Uber to the airport and couldnít find my flight on the board so I waited in line to drop my bag. The guy informed me my flight was cancelled and I should have received an email on June 27 saying so. Apparently I was supposed to be on the 8:30 am flight. I bluffed him that I didnít get the email, he apologized and happily offered me a change to the 8:30 pm flight free of charge. Not ideal but seeing as I definitely found that email in emails when I looked Iíll take not having to buy another flight. There was a 12:30 flight through a different airline but it would have cost me £125 vs waiting for the flight tonight and not paying anything more. He was super helpful even looking up flights with other airlines for me.

Iím currently on the airport shuttle back to the city where Iíll drop my bags in the bag storage at the hostel and figure out what to do to kill the afternoon. At least itís nice out today so my shirt and hoodie will dry and Iíll go walk around town or something.
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August 5th, 2022 at 4:59:26 AM permalink
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The guy informed me my flight was cancelled and I should have received an email on June 27 saying so. Apparently I was supposed to be on the 8:30 am flight. I bluffed him that I didnít get the email, he apologized and happily offered me a change to the 8:30 pm flight free of charge. Not ideal but seeing as I definitely found that email in emails when I looked Iíll take not having to buy another flight.

Always something I guess.

On my recent cruise, I met a couple that missed the e-mail that the cruise ship departure had to be moved from Venice to Trieste. And more importantly that the cruise company was providing free transportation for the 90 minute charter bus ride from the Venice airport to Trieste.

Apparently they paid $ 600 kindof at the last minute for a taxi ride to get to the port. I think they talked to customer service on the ship about it but don't know how it worked out. I think they were in a very expensive cabin so I assume there was some sort of resolution/compromise/on-board credit.
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August 5th, 2022 at 6:33:55 AM permalink
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Yesterday I booked a tour of the Clydeside Distillery for £30 at 4:20 which came with a whisky and chocolate tasting. I donít like whisky but I figured in Scotland I should try it.

I walked back to the hostel in the still misty rain to relax before I headed to my tour. I walked the 35 minutes to the distillery where the guide took us through the process of making whisky. I never knew that the process is very similar to make beer, gin, rum and vodka. After the tour of the machinery we were taken into the tasting room where we were walked through 5 whisky and chocolate pairings.







The whiskies were from different regions and were made differently which gives them their different tastes. The first 3 were more on the mild side but the last two were peat whiskies and quite harsh. The last whisky was downright nasty and burned going down. After the tasting most people bought whisky from the shop downstairs, they made a lot more money on that than the tour fee.
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i went to the Clydeside Distillery tasting back in May.
Which tour did you go on? the public one (15 people max) or the private one (6people max) that cost $5/person more but you also get a souvenir shot glass?

I did the private one.
my tour guide was the lady that created the tasting.
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August 5th, 2022 at 7:44:13 AM permalink
I did the one for £30 pounds and we got the glass at the end but there were about 15 of us.
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August 5th, 2022 at 2:30:59 PM permalink
Great postings! I'm looking forward to the next chapter. Several questions and/or comments...
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I stopped at a pub and had fish and chips for lunch. It was weird but it felt like the bartenders were bothered when people came in, they werenít rude but they didnít seem to want to serve people. I didnít mind but found it interesting.


Several years ago a friend took a trip to Scotland and Ireland. She said that the Scots were pretty cold and didn't seem to welcome tourists while the Irish were always very warm and friendly. I'll be curious to hear if you come away with the same opinion.

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I walked the 35 minutes to the distillery where the guide took us through the process of making whisky. I never knew that the process is very similar to make beer, gin, rum and vodka. After the tour of the machinery we were taken into the tasting room where we were walked through 5 whisky and chocolate pairings.
The whiskies were from different regions and were made differently which gives them their different tastes. The first 3 were more on the mild side but the last two were peat whiskies and quite harsh. The last whisky was downright nasty and burned going down.


I'm a big fan of single malt scotch. Any chance you recall the names?

Re the poker game in Glasgow..
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The crowd at the table were all nice and I could understand most of what was being said.


I usually have to turn the subtitles on if I'm watching a show with Scottish characters. Could be worse tho. Years ago i was standing on a street corner in London waiting for the light to change when a guy with a strong Cockney accent started talking to me. I had no clue what he was saying so I just smiled and nodded until the light changed.

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Guy next to me ordered fried haggis balls which smelled as good as they sound 💩


Given your past history of exploring the native cuisine, sometimes to your regret, I'm surprised you didn't try one.
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DRich
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August 5th, 2022 at 3:09:49 PM permalink
After reading your posts yesterday I had Indian food and tomorrow I am going out for "English" fish and chips.

A place I haven't tried yet. https://www.petes-fish-chips.com/
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August 5th, 2022 at 3:26:30 PM permalink
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After reading your posts yesterday I had Indian food and tomorrow I am going out for "English" fish and chips.

A place I haven't tried yet. https://www.petes-fish-chips.com/
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the best fish and chips i've ever had was onboard a cruise ship this past May. (Celebrity cruises)

the same cruise that bought me to glasgow for the clydesdale whiskey tasting
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August 6th, 2022 at 1:44:07 AM permalink
PG, let me know when there's something a little more interesting, like you getting arrested, or you getting Monkey Pox. I prefer both simultaneously.
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