Where Are They Now? #005 Aleksi (Finland)

Welcome to the latest installment of Where Are They Now? This time we track down Aleksi from Finland to find out what he's been up to over the last five years since leaving Glasgow.

Student Tours Scotland (STS): Can you introduce yourself and give us one random fact about yourself?

Aleksi: My name is Aleksi Lehtovaara and I´m from Lahti, Finland. Random fact: I love chili nuts.

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

Aleksi: I miss the great venues in Glasgow that offers so much good live music. I also miss the beautiful landscapes in the highlands that are so easy to reach from Glasgow. Another thing is hearing the awesome Scottish accent. I don't get to hear it here in Finland almost at all.

STS: What one place in Scotland was your favourite?

Aleksi: I have to admit that I saw only a fraction of Scotland while being there and there's so many places still to see. I can't say one place. I really liked the beauty of Edinburgh historical center. I love all the parks in Glasgow. There was so many great pubs in Glasgow that I don't even start to name those.

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

Aleksi: It is very important. I found that the best memories you get are when you just go and see places. You don't have to plan too much before going. You can pick some place to go but don't pick the shortest route and just get rid of the map sometimes. It is so safe in Scotland that you can go pretty much everywhere but of course you have to use common sense.

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

Aleksi: I work as a design engineer in a small company called C-Advice. We're involved in different kind of bigger customer projects. I still live in Lahti. I like being here for some reason but I also like traveling out occasionally.

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

Aleksi: I haven't been there since I left. I'm sure that I'm going to Scotland in some point. I would like to do a longer trip to highlands and of course I need to go to Glasgow.

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

Aleksi: First of all you need to get some proper raincoat or umbrella. It's really safe to live there and people are usually friendly. I felt that Scottish people are really laid back. You just need to be yourself and stay honest to other people. Well I guess that is pretty much how you can get along anywhere. Many people like to drink Irn Bru so it could be a great way to break the ice by offering it.

STS: Cheers for taking the time to chat with us Aleksi. All the best and good idea with the Irn Bru!

Aleksi: My pleasure.