My packing for Glasgow was slightly interrupted by a trip to Corvallis, Oregon for a meeting of a Montessori School Board that I sit on; the meeting was productive, and the train fare put me back $85! Now, back at home, a last minute prep check for the Glasgow trip. My batteries are charged on the Lumix are it’s ready to go. I bought an H1 Handy Recorder to grab those Scottish accents, the little thing is so sensitive picking up all surrounding sounds, I’ll see what I can do with it. My book, The Glasgow Almanac: An A-Z of the the City and its People is packed (that word again) with info on architecture and important Scots–it will be a fine companion. I’ll be packing that rain jacket I thought I’d leave at home: the weather forecast for Glasgow is rain rain rain and in the 60s. That’s OK, I was too hot in the Corvallis valley heat this past weekend. I’ll try to outdo Justin’s rain photographs.
I am savoring this period of time. I am conscious of the fact that Glasgow is, at present, limited to mental imagery. I have read enough about the city and “walked” around by virtue of Google Maps “street level” to gauge distances from my accommodations to city sites that are essential to my study of Margaret Macdonald and Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s contributions to the urban Art Nouveau movement. But this is all virtual, the actual remains to be “seen.” After I arrive and walk the streets that I know by name only, my consciousness of the city will change and cognitively I will never be able to go back to the stage that I am in at this moment. This, they say, is called “learning.”
Glasgow School of Art Aid (Architecture in Detail) (Macaulay, 2002)
Charles Rennie Mackintosh (Kliczkowski & Thorburn, 2002)
Glasgow Almanac: An A-Z of the City and Its People (Terry, 2005
Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Architect + Furniture Designer (1868-1928) Design Museum Collection– designmuseum.org/designinbritain
Art Nouveau Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History The Metropolitan Museum of Art—metmuseum.org
Buddha Da (Donovan, 2004)
My journey planning has been initiated: ticket bought!