Where Are They Now? #002: Irene (Spain)

Student Tours Scotland feels like each and every one of you is like family. After you have been on tour with us you are indoctrined into our extended, and very varied, family. We have recently tracked down a bunch of folk who toured with us back in our previous life five years ago. Here is the second 'old skool' person with a summary of what they miss and what they are doing now.

Student Tours Scotland (STS): Thanks for being one of our first 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 etc.

Irene: My name is Irene and I'm from Spain.

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

Irene: Quite a few things, probably the incredible places like mountains and lochs so close to the city centre. Also cakes, cookies and IRN BRU which are very difficult to find at home. And people, and parties. I think I miss almost everything, but not the weather.

STS: What one place in Scotland was your favourite?

Irene: If I have to choose just one place, it is probably Kelvingrove Park. But all the parks, really. They are so huge and there's lots of places where you can just go there and have a great time with your friends, read or even make a barbecue.

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

Irene: It is really really important. Scotland is an amazing place full of little magical corners that you absolutly need to discover. Scotland is just not Glasgow or the city you are staying in, there are lots of places around, lots of people, it really is mandatory!!

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

Irene: Right now I am a PhD student on Computer Sciences at the University of Granada. I finished my studies a year after been at GCU and I'd been doing postgraduate courses after that.

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

Irene: Sadly no. At first I didn't had the money as it was very very expensive to flight there. Right now, that I have a job, I don't have the same free time as I had as student. But I really, really, really want to go back again. I miss a lot of people and a lot of places. Definetly,  it is my first point in my things to do list.

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

Irene: Don't be scared of talking to people. It can seem very hard at the beggining, but you can get the Scotish accent faster than it seems. And travel, move around a lot. There are tons of amazing places waiting there just for you.

STS: Cheers, Irene. Keep in touch!