Where Are They Now? #001: Eirik (Norway)

Eirik from Norway

A while back I had this idea to track down former students from across the globe that used to study in Glasgow. With the magic of social media I have kept in touch with quite a lot of folk. This new regular feature from StudentTours Scotland will interview some of them and see where they are now I decided it would be best to start with someone from way back in the early days. So here is a Norwegian guy who studied in Glasgow 

Student Tours Scotland (STS): Thanks for being our first ever Where Are They Now interview. It's been around four years since you started studying in Glasgow, Scotland. Introduce yourself for us: name, where you are from and one random fact about yourself.


Eirik: My name is Eirik Lia, I´m a Norwegian graphic designer and illustrator with a degree in Communication design (BA) from Melbourne, Australia and a Msc in Cultural Heritage from GCU, this I received back in 2008.

STS: What do you miss the most about Glasgow and Scotland?

Eirik: What I miss about Glasgow, and Scotland the most is probably the architectural aesthetics, and maybe the sometimes harsh humor of the Scots. Some of the buildings are amazing, and you should really take your time to look up and gaze at the historical buildings as well as the ruins that might cross your path. Especially the Kelvingrove museum, is a gem.

STS: What one place in Scotland was your favourite?


Eirik: It´s a bit hard to say, I liked lots of places in Scotland. Choose one of the many rock bars of Glasgow and you won´t be disappointed. Else, I really liked the gothic looks of Edinburgh and the ease of mind in Inverness.

STS: Do you think it's important to get out and about in Glasgow and Scotland when you study here?

Eirik: It´s definitely a must to get out and about in Glasgow, I found that one of the best ways of seeing the city is to go running. There are so many parks and places to run you will be surprised.

STS: But enough about Scotland. What are you doing with yourself now?


Eirik: Today I run my own company called Eld Kommunikasjon, and work as a graphic design teacher at the Norwegian School of Creative Studies in Oslo.

STS: Have you been back in Scotland since you first left?

Eirik: I have actually not been back in Scotland after my studies, but I´d like to come back and experience the more rural sides of the country.

STS: If you could offer any one piece of survival advice to someone about to study in Scotland what would it be?


Eirik: Survival eh, well, it pretty much seems all safe, but an umbrella (and a wind shield) could be of help. Get used to the taste of whisky (cause you will be offered it a lot), and as I mentioned, the Scottish have their own kind of humor. Take any saucy comment with a smile and answer with a quick cheeky respond and you´ll be buddies for life. And yeah, be careful not entering a B&B in Inverness without ringing the doorbell, the dogs are much more vicious than their owners.

STS: Cheers for taking the time to chat with us Eirik. All the best.


Eirik: No worries, just been a pleasure!