MUM! MUM! MUM! Eloise woke up in the middle of the night, confused about where she was and what time it was. She snuck into her parents’ bed and stretched out her limbs to take over before falling swiftly back to sleep. The day officially started at 05:00 when Lachlan also decided it was party time.
After watching the Great Brits in the “2020” Tokyo Olympics it was time for our COVID-19 tests. We departed from Australia and transited through Singapore. The UK classifies both these countries as green COVID-19 “clean” countries, therefore no isolation was required on arrival. The only requirement is a PCR COVID-19 test to be completed on the first two days, no isolation is required before or waiting for the results. The testing kits had to be organised before we were allowed to depart Australia. On arrival at our apartment, we received our test kits in the mail and administered the tests to each other. Very different to testing in Australia, we then had to find a Royal Mail express post box to return our tests.
Afterwards, we headed out to explore the city again. This time we went to Buchanan Street, known as the “Style Mile”. It took us a little while to work out how shopping works in the COVID-19 world. Generally, everything is open and masks are worn indoors, although a few places are still only Click and Collect. It is day three and Liam is still trying to find some masks that fit his head. The Style Mile was pumping, there seemed to be a lot of people out and about enjoying the Scottish summer.
Eloise’s Glaswegian transition is in full swing as she enjoyed her first Irn-Bru, an iconic Scottish drink. It was actually quite nice, sort of like a creaming soda. This was topped off with a local pizza that came highly recommended (we are still trying to work out this parenting thing).
In the afternoon we went for a walk to The People’s Palace (not owned by Hamish and Andy). However, both kids didn’t find it overly exciting and slept through the tour.
The People’s Palace is set in historic Glasgow Green. It is home to a collection of objects, photographs, prints and film which give a unique view into how Glaswegians lived, worked and played in years gone by to the present day.
We managed to stay up a little later tonight, but still feeling the effects of jet lag.