Guest Blog: A Canadian in Glasgow

Hi Everyone!  My name is Terrence, and after coming to Glasgow from Toronto in early 2014 to work on the Commonwealth Games, I find myself still here although the Games finished over a year ago! Something about the City and its people have kept me here.

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Every once and a while, I will be guest blogging on westenddaze, providing random thoughts and commentary on my Glasgow experience — generally sticking to topics about food, culture and entertainment.

The connection between Canada and Scotland is long-standing and thought I would share a few neat facts about the two countries.

  1. There are nearly 5 million Canadians who claim full or partial Scottish descent. Interesting given that the population of Scotland itself is just over 5.3 million.
  2. Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald was born in Glasgow. Recent findings point his exact birthplace to be the old Mitre pub at 12 Brunswick Place,
  3. Both countries claim stake in inventing the telephone.
  4. My flat here in Glasgow is older than Canada.
  5. Scotland is home to the shortest scheduled flight in the world and Canada the shortest scheduled ferry ride. The 1.5 mile journey from Westray to Papa Westray in the Orkney Islands takes 1 minute and 14 seconds and the ferry from mainland Toronto to Toronto Island Airport crosses a distance about three times as long as the boat itself.


The more time I spend in Glasgow and travel around Scotland, the more the two countries separated by an ocean seem similar. I will continue to document my experiences here and share with you a Canadian’s journey in Glasgow.

Stay tuned for my next guest blog, where I will be preparing an array of Canadian delicacies for westenddaze creator, Anna, including triple cheese bacon dip and poutine!

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