Well it’s been a busy week, but it hasn’t been all cleaning and sorting! A couple of people, in response to my “Changes Ahead” post, very sweetly commented that they’d dug out an atlas to look and see where exactly we’re going to be moving from and to. This got me to thinking, and then to drawing, and I ended up making a map of Scotland, such as it exists in my head.
It does indicate where Aberdeen and Glasgow are! It’s 2 3/4 hours by train between the two cities. As you can see we will be going from the East Coast to the West Coast, from near the Highlands (mountains) to the Lowlands. Aberdeen’s population is about 220,000, whereas Glasgow’s population is about 600,000 – many more if you count the total urban conglomeration of adjoining townships. Glasgow is the fourth largest city in Britain, after London, Birmingham and Leeds.
I got to thinking about places I’d been to and would love to return to (in blue), and places I’ve never been to and would love to go (in green). I also noted down month and year of blog posts I’ve written about various places.
There was a lot else I would have liked to add to this map! I’d thought of trying to indicate what’s called the Central Belt, i.e. the area including Glasgow and Edinburgh, which is the most populated part of Scotland by far. I did add Linda’s comment about the “40-mile cultural gulf” that divides Glasgow from Edinburgh. You could sum this up by resorting to stereotypes: Glasgow = working-class, Edinburgh = posh, and now the seat of the Scottish Parliament. As usual, there’s some truth to these stereotypes, and so much more nuance that isn’t captured by a generalisation. I will say that in my experience people don’t often make the journey between the two cities, except for work.
My map has various mistakes – for example the train route from Dundee to Edinburgh is missing, and I’ve made it look as if the train crosses the Firth of Forth via the road bridge instead of the rail bridge. Well, as the Dafter would say, “You know what I mean!” Now I’m off to have a rest, before more sorting. I hope everyone’s weekend is going very well!