Glasgow Sem Fronteiras #05 - Taline

Student Tours Scotland tracks down another of our Brazilian students (studying on a Ciência Sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK scholarship) in Glasgow for a wee review of how they've been enjoying the city. This week we seek out Taline, who has been on many events with us at Student Tours Scotland across Glasgow and the country at large.

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?

Taline (T): Hi! My name is Taline. I’m 22 and I come  from Bebedouro, a small city in the state of São Paulo. In Brazil, I study at University of São Paulo (USP).

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

T: Actually, I didn’t choose Glasgow, Glasgow chose me! I applied for three different cities in the UK, but none of them was Glasgow. Now I am so glad I’m here, and if I knew the city before, for sure I would have chosen it. Besides being a really pretty and big city, where you can find everything you need, Glaswegians are really nice, cheerful and welcoming people.

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

T: My first experience here was sitting in a Starbucks at Buchanan Street to drink a hot chocolate. I was a bit shocked because of the accent of people talking around me, but I loved the movement of the city.

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

T: Sure I am enjoying it! Walking or just resting in a park during a sunny day is amazing, or hanging out in a pub or cafe is also great. Glasgow has many parks, restaurants, pubs, clubs and cafes that always make the city interesting for your taste and mood.

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

T: Yes. Scotland is amazing, the landscape is really pretty. I had the opportunity to travel a lot with Students Tours Scotland and visit really peculiar places. It is amazing how the country can be beautiful not even in a sunny day, but also at rainy weather, and how this can change fast, creating a beauty that is unique. There is also some magic in the air that is indescribable, and it makes you want to travel more to see more lochs and mountains.

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?

T: Sure! In Glasgow, a student has everything they need and can live in a cheap way. The city and people are welcoming and you can explore the whole Scotland, what doesn’t have a price!

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

T: Everything! But if I need to say one thing, would be… really, everything!

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

T: Walk in Kelvingrove Park and have a beer and a burger at The Counting House.

STS: Cheers for chatting with us Taline!

T: Cheers, Gary!