I flew gliders a bit at Uni... awesome experience.
I know how you feel, once I was in love with a LS-3 15m glider..
It was not considered as a stellar performer, the other pilots in the flying club preferred the other planes which ment that I could usually stay in the air all day playing in the clouds and looking at the view.. Left hand on the flap control (it was like playing a trombone someone said), right hand on the stick.. The sky was the limit
Towing was also fun, we had a Piper PA-25 Pawnee stripped from all spraying equipment so it flew like a rocket, 4.5m/s climb towing a one-seater, once centered in a 5m/s thermal we made almost 10m/s climb. 1000m altitude gain in 100 seconds
The glider pilots started complaining if you wasted time on not coming down as quickly as possible (they payed towing per minute..). Effective and fun flying in other words
Johan on short final with gear and airbrakes deployed, sideslipping (check rudder position) to get down as quickly as possible