Glasgow, the ‘Green Hollow’, is Scotland’s biggest city. Its financial district - irreverently nicknamed “ Wall Street on Clyde” - is one of the UK’s largest financial hubs. Sprawling concentrically around the Clyde River in Scotland’s west central lowlands, Glasgow boasts a dense and multicultural population. A buzzing metropolis, its city center houses a plethora of cultural venues and no less than four universities. On the east side you will find Merchant city, popular for its trendy warehouse conversions and luxury apartments, restaurants and cafes, as well as theatres and art galleries. In the city’s west end, around Kelvingrove Park, bohemian cafes, trendy boutiques and upmarket hotels abound. Here, on the outskirts, lies the business and financial district where many insurance and banking heavyweights such as AXA and BNP Paribas have located their offices. Glasgow’s Southside, a predominantly residential area, is where you can down tools and enjoy one of many parks and green spaces, swing a golf club or hit a six in the local cricket grounds. For families and those looking for a quiet breather from the city pace, there are endless possibilities for day trips and weekend breaks just beyond the city’s outskirts. Glasgow’s international airport makes the city highly accessible both from a business travel perspective and for weekend breaks.
What is special or unique about your city?
Glasgow was voted the City of Architecture and Design in 1999 -- and it's not hard to see why. You'll notice beautiful Victorian architecture all along the city's tree-lined streets. Plus, with fabulous art galleries and museums, Glasgow is bursting with culture.
What are a newcomer's first impressions of your city?
It's usually how friendly the people are, and how quintessentially Scottish the city is. The city simply buzzes with fun, most notably from its lively pubs and bars.
Are these impressions likely to change?
What is the local language?
English, although Gaelic is spoken in the north and western areas Scotland -- including the highlands and islands. In addition, Scots is spoken in the Lowlands.
How easily could I live in this city without knowing this language?
It is strongly recommended that you learn at least conversational English before you arrive.
What are good things to remember in order to avoid offending the other residents of this city?
Glaswegians have a fantastic sense of humor, so it's difficult to offend. However, it is beneficial to remember that religion still plays an important part in Scottish life and you should be sensitive to friends and neighbours.
Likewise, keep in mind that there are parts of Scotland that do not accept money on a Sunday.
How might the local weather affect my daily life?
Scotland receives a lot of rainfall and is cool from November to April. From May to October, the warm weather arrives, along with some wonderful warm sunshine. Apart from infrequent gales and strong winds, the country does not suffer from extreme weather or natural disasters.
Is there anything else I should know about the overall character of your city or its people?
Glasgow has industrial roots and was previously known for its gritty feel.
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