After months of talking, the SilentMode Store Crawl 2017 is finally underway.
I took a sleeper train to the first city on my itinerary, and it was a heck of an uncomfortable journey. A word of advice: if you are going to catch a sleeper train, it’s likely worth paying for a private (or even a shared) room if you can.
There was a method to the madness. By having Glasgow as my first stop, not only was I taking a huge leap of faith (it’s my first time in a Scottish city), but I was ensuring I wouldn’t back out. It also meant that I couldn’t afford to forget anything!
Interesting things about the city.
Around the corner from Glasgow Central train station is a shop that sells deep-fried Mars bars, as well as a “Justin Bieber haggis special”. I had no intention of eating either.
The Glasgow LEGO store.
The store is in the Buchanan Galleries shopping centre, about ten minutes from Glasgow Central train station on foot. Although it has a wide configuration and looks very big inside, I’ve been told it’s one of the smaller stores.
Currently in the showcase window is this MOC by Christine Aird of Tartan LUG. It blends in very well!
The Pick A Brick (PAB) wall.
As you might have guessed, one of my objectives with the Store Crawl is to see what’s currently in each store’s PAB wall. Although I have a discounted PAB cup in my arsenal, I’m not intending to buy any LEGO. (My suitcase is heavy enough.)
For those who would rather see photos, you can take a look at the dedicated Flickr album.
Thoughts about the store.
Important to note is that I’d emailed most of the stores beforehand, letting them know who I was and about the Store Crawl. (I didn’t have contact details for Newcastle or Leicester Square.) Glasgow was one of the stores who responded to the email.
When I got to the store, it didn’t appear that anyone was expecting me. (Fair enough, because they had no idea what I looked like.) However, I was able to immediately strike a conversation with the first staff member I came across.
All of the staff members I came across appeared to be friendly, but more importantly enjoyed their work. I also had the benefit of a virtually empty store, while one of the staff was assembling an Old Fishing Store.
Tomorrow I’m heading over to Newcastle, which will also be my first time there. I’m already looking forward to the journey!