This is the last week of the Commonwealth Games and it has been my busiest week as part of #Team14 since it started. I've taken part in the biggest flotilla in the history of the Clyde, posed for a Bowlfie, watched lawn bowls and athletics, had a bit of a mad idea to team up with a fellow #Team14 blogger on part of his charity walk, generally wandered about Glasgow taking in the atmosphere and ticked something huge off my Scottish bucket list. I thought this week I would do my highlights in pictures to give you an idea of all the exciting things that have been going on in Glasgow (and one very exciting thing I did away from the Games!).
This week I managed trips to the lawn bowls and athletics. After my lawn bowls lesson from Woodend Bowling Club and Bowls Scotland I really wanted to make the effort to watch and support this fun event. Of course I also had to get a Bowlfie (a photo in a bowling pose using a random object) and on my way into the venue I found the perfect Glasgow themed substitute bowl.
After my trip to the Athletics Grand Prix in Glasgow last month I also wanted to return to Hampden to experience the electric atmosphere that I had enjoyed previously albeit this time with a much bigger crowd.
This week once in a lifetime events were like buses after waiting ages for one to happen, two opportunities came along at once! On Saturday I thoroughly enjoyed the Commonwealth Flotilla and approx 60,000 people came out to welcome the 250 boats taking part. You can read more on my blog post about the day.
on Thursday I had the opportunity to tick the first thing off my Scottish Bucket List when I made it to the top of the Forth Bridge. Watch out for my blog post about my experience.
Whenever I have had some free time I have enjoyed wandering around Glasgow with all the colourful sights and sounds and festivals that are taking place there is no shortage of free entertainment. One of my highlights was the big wheel at Glasgow Green with fantastic views over the city and although not free it was definitely worth £4.50.
MY MAD IDEA
For me the best thing that has come out of #Team14 is meeting some fellow bloggers who not only write fantastic blogs, they are also a bunch of lovely and inspiring people. Next week I will be giving a few special mentions but this week one of them provided me with a mad idea.
John MacPhee was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in his 40s and is trying to raise awareness of this condition which at present doesn't have a cure. John has fantastically already raised over £3,500 fundraising for Parkinson's UK which offers a support service and helps to fund ground breaking research into Parkinson's to find a cure.
On 6th September he starts a month long walk from Lands End to John O' Groats which he will unusually be walking in a straight line, have a look at his website for more info.
When I saw his route was passing through some scenic parts of Scotland I couldn't think of a better way to see the country and write about some fantastic places for my travel blog while supporting a very worthwhile charity. John has very kindly agreed to me joining him on part of his walk and although I'll be covering a teeny tiny distance compared to him I hope I can still bring attention to his efforts and encourage some others to support him along the way.
I've met John a few times now and find him to have a great sense of humour and a positive outlook on life despite his symptoms. He is one of several inspirational people I have been fortunate enough to cross paths with on my #Team14 journey and I look forward to lacing up my walking boots and joining #TeamJohn in the very near future.
If you would like to donate towards Parkinson's UK, John has set up a JustGiving page.
So that is my last roundup for my last week as an official blogger for #Team14 and the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. From next week I will be back to normal, blogging about my travels around Scotland after being lucky enough to have been at the centre of the biggest sporting and cultural event in the country for a month.
However before I sign off from #Team14 completely , I have one more blog post to write, my highlights of the last month, with the people, the sports, the events and anything else that has made my time during July 2014 one of the best months ever.
At the beginning of June I was chosen as one of the official bloggers for the XX Commonwealth Games that will be held in Glasgow from 23rd July to 3rd August 2014.