glasgow’s merchant city

This isn’t really about The Merchant City, although we did spend a pleasant afternoon there. It’s more about trying to settle in to some sort of retirement regime – if that’s the right word. It’s just over two months since I retired and a month for my wife. I have noticed that days can drift by pretty quickly without doing very much. That’s not what you want.

We had arrived back from Liverpool to the usual pile of junk mail and flyers, amongst which was my regular jury citation. Again? I’m fed up seeing these things. I’ve never actually been picked to serve on a jury but I’m sure they’re determined to get me.

So now I’m looking for an excusal as we have a break booked over my cited date.

It’s Wednesday; flu jab day with the optional bonus of a Moderna Covid vaccine.

There was a time you would get these jabs at your doctor’s surgery or local medical centre. We’ve been invited to the Glasgow Mosque for ours. The mosque is conveniently located at 1 Mosque Avenue – how lucky is that? It’s a degrading process. Groups of thirteen are herded into gated pens. We are in pen 2. If you’re lucky you’re only in your pen for about half an hour before they open your gate at the opposite end and you are called over to be injected with whatever. I know some people who’ve had to wait an hour and a half for this privilege.

An hour later we’re in Glasgow’s Merchant City. I think I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Glasgow; the city centre could still be stunning, but I think recent city council planning decisions mean the Clydeside development is a lost cause.

It looks just as good in black and white

The Merchant City does bring a little relief from the sombre riverside. The streets look cleaner for a start. There’s a host of bars and restaurants here, but we’re making our way to Merchant Square. We end up in The Metropolitan; it’s been here a long time and it still looks pretty smart. I’ve had more than a few works outings here, but for now it’s nice to sit in the relative calm enjoying our drinks. The joys of retirement!

The Metropolitan, Merchant Square

After, we go to Rab Ha’s just along the road. I’ve (we’ve) never been in here before. We’ve missed out – this is a little gem of a place. The food is good, plentiful and reasonably priced. It may well become our ‘go to’ place when in town.

The bar, Rab Ha’s

You can find Rab Ha’s in Hutcheson Street.

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