Glasgow Sem Fronteiras #14 - Marina

New Year, New Students.

Welcome to another edition of Glasgow Sem Fronteiras by Student Tours Scotland. This week we catch up with another Brazilian student who has just finished up their Ciências sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK Scholarship 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?

Marina (M): I'm Marina, 26, from Brasilia.

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

M: Firstly I chose UK, because from here it is really easy to go to other countries and I chose Glasgow, because I wanted the most different culture as possible.

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

M: I was not expecting an accent so hard to understand. But apart from that it was trying haggis and I really likingit. From where I come from in Brasil, we have a very similar dish.

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

M: First of all I feel safer here than in Brazil. I can come home late at night, well, at least here in the city centre. There are lots of parties you can go walking to and for an accessible price there are restaurants. You can meet lots of people from other countries; go to musicals, concerts, operas.

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

M: Scotland is really, really beautiful. I know a few towns, castles and have a plan to go to the Isle of Arran soon.  I went to Glencoe and Skye in the summer! I saw some mind blowing paradise views. I saw Stirling and the castle.  Dundee, the sunniest city in Scotland with the amazing sunsets at the Tay river. The grey Aberdeen, (they make really good chocolate there). Stonehaven and Dunnottar castle, where they based the castle in Brave on. And last weekend finally Edinburgh, which I didn't know it is a medieval city. It was like I was back in time. Amazing.

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

M: Totally! Especially because of the people! Scottish people are very warm, kind and polite! They will help you if you're lost, be patient with your accent and never ignore you. I've been around Europe and the Scottish people are definitely my favorite of them all. They are very like the Brazilian only more polite.

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

M: I will miss speaking English and walking down Buchanan Street.

STS: What one piece of advice would you give students from Brazil thinking of going to Glasgow with Ciências sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK Scholarship?

M: There is no place like Glasgow, feels like home! It is not hard to get used to live here.