Glasgow Sem Fronteiras #01 - Lucianna

Ciência Sem Fronteiras comes to Glasgow

Student Tours Scotland works with a lot of students across Glasgow and Scotland. We even host the odd family member on our tours as well! In 2012, Brazil sent eight students to Glasgow Caledonian University from Brazil on a Science Without Borders (Ciência Sem Fronteiras) scholarship for one year. Then came a group to the University of Strathclyde and the University of Glasgow. Then came some more, and then some more. Then more. Now we have a lot of Brazilian's living in Glasgow and it's awesome. We at Student Tours Scotland have been proudly hosting them on each and every tour. In fact, I don't think there has been a single walk or coach trip where there was not at least one student from Brazil. So folks, welcome to a new regular blog introducing you to the many faces of Ciência Sem Fronteiras in Glasgow!

Student Tours Scotland (STS): Hello, so, who are we talking to today? Name, age, where you come from in Brazil, your home place of study?

Lucianna (L): Hello, I'm Lucianna Furtado ('Furtado' means 'stolen' in Portuguese). I'm 22 years old. I was born in Brasília de Minas, an adorable small town in Brazil that no one has ever heard of, and I was living in Belo Horizonte before I came to Glasgow.

STS: Why choose Glasgow, Lucianna? What made you decide it was the place to go with Science Without Borders (UK)?

L: Why indeed? Haha! When I came to the UK last year, I fell in love with Scotland's breathtaking landscapes. Besides, its adorable warm people made me feel so welcome that I wanted to come back. Even though I had stayed only one night in Glasgow back then and didn't get to know the city that well, it seemed like a lovely place to live. But wait, you mean the real reason? It was the Duke of Wellington statue in Royal Exchange Square, with that cone on his head. That's a perfect token of the crazy experiences that Glasgow can offer and the crazy people that live here.

STS: What was your FIRST experience in Glasgow after arriving?

L: For a foreigner, and especially for a non-native English speaker, talking to Glaswegian people is a dangerous adventure in itself. The taxi driver had to repeat the same question seven times before I could understand him, and the poor soul just wanted to know if I had seen snow before in my life. Later on I got lost around the city centre and had no idea of how to get back to my university accomodation. Eventually I found the way and met the other Brazilian students for a kitchen party.

STS: Are you enjoying your time in Glasgow? What aspects of life in the city are you most enjoying?

L: Yes. I like discovering and conquering new drinking territories (a.k.a. pubs), and I particularly love it when I find one that stays open late and/ or sells whisky for a cheap price. Another great thing to do is just take a walk around, with no previous plans, and let Glasgow surprise you.

STS: Have you managed to do any touring around Scotland while here with Science Without Borders (UK)?

L: I've been to Luss (near Loch Lomond), Oban and the Isle of Mull (in West Argyll), Loch Ness (home of the famous Nessie monster), Fairlie (in Ayrshire), Fort William (the gateway to the Highlands), Edinburgh (Scotland's capital city), the Isle of Skye (my personal favourite) and some other places whose names escape my old weary mind. I've also been to Pitlochry (pretty wee village) and St Andrews (the home of golf) as well, but that was last year.

STS: Would you encourage other students from Brazil, who are thinking of going abroad with Science Without Borders (UK) to study in Glasgow? If yes, why?

L: Aye! Some Scottish people can't understand why the hell I left my sunny country to come here, but they underestimate the beauty of Scotland. My sweet Glasgow is not only beautiful, but also has everything you need to have fun and live comfortably. You'll have great whisky, cool pubs, adorable people, charming accent (trust me, once you get it, you'll love it!), great music, wonderful architecture and history. How can it go wrong?

STS: What will you miss the most from Glasgow when you return to Brazil?

L: The cold winds? The rarely sunny skies? The guy-with-the-cone-hat statue? The pubs? The accent? Impossible to name one only thing.

STS: Cheers for chatting with us Lucianna!

L: Cheers!