Glasgow Sem Fronteiras #04 - Rafaela

Glasgow attracts a lot of students from Brazil who are studying on the Ciência Sem Fronteiras (Science Without Borders - UK) scholarship. At present there are over one hundred students from Brazil at the places of study in the city. This week, Student Tours Scotland has got in touch with Rafaela who is doing her Ciência Sem Fronteiras (Science Without Border - UK) at Glasgow Caledonian University. She arrived in January and is so far loving life 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?

Rafaela (R): Hi! I'm Rafaela and I'm 21. I'm from Assis, a city in the countryside of Sao Paulo state, 450 km from the city of Sao Paulo. I have lived there since 2009, when I started my studies. Before, I lived in Sao Paulo.

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

R: Actually, I didn't choose Glasgow, but I did choose the country. I wanted to go to Europe and a country where people speak English, then I chose the United Kingdom. I was accepted at Glasgow Caledonian University. So that's why I'm in Glasgow - this lovely city!

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

R: My very first experience was talking to people at the airport, because my luggage didn't arrive at the same time as me. So, I needed to register my address to receive my things at home. That was quiet freaky, because I couldn't understand a word that the guy was saying. Fortunately, there was another women there which I could understand better. In the end, everything was alright, my luggage arrived in my place on the same day.

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

R: I'm really enjoying my time in Glasgow. There are so many options of things to do! I'm love with all the parks. Glasgow Green is one of my favorites. I'm living in the city centre, so every place is easy to go to as well. The best thing is the Scottish humor, I find the people friendly and at the same time quiet angry, and that's funny! It's easy to feel the culture around the city, in some of the pubs or even on the streets. It's nice the way people here love their country. Glasgow is not a predictable city, you can see every kind of people, food, weather, music, etc.  That's what I most enjoy here.

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

R: Yes. I've visited Loch Lomond and the lovely Luss. I went to Glen Coe to see the Harry Potter bridge, and also to Fort William. I've been to theIsle of Skye, the most beautiful place until now. I visited the University of Stirling, that has an awesome and huge campus. Also, I went to Edinburgh and Loch Ness. I travelled also to T in the Park music festival recently too. I want to visit much more places in Scotland, because I find the landscape fantastic!

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

R: Yes, of course! The city is amazing for a student that wants to have contact with many different cultures and people. There are so many options to hang out, which includes walks during the day, places to eat, pubs, clubs, parks. And if you understand a Glaswegian, you can understand every one else in English.

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

R: I'll miss the walks around the city, the giant cinema, all the parks, and the sun that just makea me warm and not sweating like hell (when the sun appears, of course).

STS: What one thing would you tell an incoming student that they HAD to do in Glasgow?

R: It's hard choose just one thing, there's so many! I would say visit the parks, and go to Avant Garde to see people dancing Ceilidh!

STS: Cheers for chatting with us Rafaela!

R: Thank you, Gary, for inviting me to participate. All the best.