Where Are They Now? #006 Lars (Germany)

Student Tours Scotland tries to keep in touch with our former students. Each one is somewhere exciting in the world doing something awesome with their lives. Today we catch up with Lars and find out what he's been up to since leaving Glasgow five years ago.

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


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

Lars: First question and already a tough one: What I miss the most must be the incredible group of people I got to spend my time with, mostly exchange students from all different backgrounds who turned even a simple trip to the supermarket into an event. "Right", you are probably thinking, "but that can happen anywhere". So when it came to Scotland in particular, it has got to be the incredible nature that was a short train ride away from the city.

STS: What one place in Scotland was your favourite?



Lars: I don't even remember how we ever found out about the Isle of Arran, but it was by far the most impressive place I went to during my time in Scotland. Somebody had described it as "All of Scotland, condensed in an island" and I find that description quite accurate: Snow-covered mountains, lush green fields, muddy valleys in which my bike constantly got stuck… and all that amazing close to Glasgow.

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

Lars: For the first part of my stay, the weather was so terrible that the aforementioned trip to the supermarket was about all the traveling I ever got done. Yet once spring came around, I spent what feels like almost every other weekend heading further and further North: Loch Lomond, the Isle of Skye, the Shetlands… It is really pretty straightforward: I believe that in order to really get to know the country, one should try and see as much of it as possible.

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

Lars: While I was in Scotland, I was still enrolled as a student in The Netherlands. After finishing my studies there, I moved back to my native Germany and found a job as a magazine editor in Berlin. I am now spending my days writing, editing and trying to squeeze information out of all kinds of smart people.

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

Lars: Unfortunately not. Must be the fact that 99% of the people I knew there left at the same time as I did.

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

Lars: Go to flickr.com, type in whatever Scottish city you live in, filter by interestingness, marvel at all those places you haven't yet seen and go exploring. Oh, and no ball games.

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