Glasgow Sem Fronteiras #13 - Helga

Brazilian's Love Glasgow!

Student Tours Scotland chats with another of our awesome Brazilian students on the Ciências sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK Scholarship.

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?

Helga (H) : Hey !! I'm Helga, 28, I'm from Brasília but living in Natal for the past 12 years, so.

STS: Why choose Glasgow?  What made you decide it was the place to go with Ciências sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK Scholarship?

H: I have actually chose the university first, from the list of universities available for the UK, and it ended up that the one I chose was here so, it came to be Glasgow, which ended up being alright, I like it in here.

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

H: Hmmm I went to a pub in the Merchant City, Blackfriars, with my flatmate and some other Brazilians. Love it there! Great food, great music, excellent beers available, everything there is awesome!

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

H: I really love it here! Just not so much when the wind is apocalyptic. The thing i like most in here is the beer. When I was about to come everybody was talking about Scottish Whisky, blah blah blah, but no one told me they have the best beers. From my window I can see West Brewery's chimney, and I always feel happy just for knowing that at the current time they are making some awesome beers in there.

STS: Have you managed to do any touring around Scotland while here with Ciências sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK Scholarship?

H: I went to the Highlands for a day trip only and a weekend in Isle of Skye. Skye is amazing. I wish I had more time so I could go back there. Still planning to spend at least two days in Pitlochry, let's see how winter is.

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?

H: Yes. Glasgow can be very quiet or really exciting depending on the lifestyle you have. There is loads of cultural events to go to, people from Glasgow are very kind and helpful, food is cheap compared to Brazil, it is really easy to travel from here to other places in Europe, universities are really good. I would only recommend to have a good look in which university would be better for your course and then go for it. Glasgow is really worthy.

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

H: I don't think you can tell until you miss it but i would say the venues, my flatmates and the BEER!

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

H: Go for a walk on Kelvin Way, I went there during summer and autumn and both are amazing. I'm waiting for the snow to go check it again. If you are feeling rich and up for a steak, end up in the Butcher Shop, it's worth the money.

STS: Cheers for chatting with us Helga!