Where Are They Now? #014: Tanya (Canada) and Marian (Slovakia)

Another Catch Up from Five Years Ago!

Student Tours Scotland catches up with two people this week in the next of our Where Are They Now interviews.

Student Tours Scotland (STS): Thanks for taking the time to do a Where Are They Now interview. 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.

Marian and Tanya (MK & TO): Hello Everyone! Our names are Tanya Obal & Marian Kosara. Tanya is from Toronto, Canada and Marian from Kosice, Slovakia. We met in Glasgow in 2008 while studying at Glasgow Caledonian University. After spending some years travelling between Scotland, Slovakia and Canada we have now been living in Toronto for the past year. A random fact about Marian is that he loves the smell of gasoline. A random fact about Tanya is that she can only sleep on the right side of the bed.

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

MK & TO: There are so many things that we love about Scotland, it truly holds a special place in our hearts. We lived in the South Side of Glasgow and enjoyed taking walks around Queens Park, King’s Park & Linn Park. It is so nice to have nature so accessible. It was so great to have the “hustle and bustle” of city life and the peacefulness of nature right at our doorstep. We also miss the architecture that Glasgow has to offer. We often caught ourselves walking down city centre streets with our heads pointing towards the sky taking in all the beautiful features of the buildings.  As Marian is a designer he, of course, really misses all the Mackintosh buildings in Glasgow.

STS: What one place in Scotland was your favourite?

Marian: I will never forget the trip I took with some friends to the Isles of Skye. On our way back to Glasgow, we stopped at Neist Point Lighthouse on the West Coast of Scotland. The scenery there was absolutely spectacular. Unfortunately we didn’t have a chance to see any whales, but at least now I have an excuse to go back.

Tanya: It is so hard to decide on one place. I really enjoyed exploring Scotland and learning about its history. I have many good memories from a trip I took with my family, visiting from Canada, to Edinburgh and Rosslyn Chapel.  It was really a great opportunity to learn about the rich Scottish history.

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

MK & TO: Yes! Definitely yes! We found that some of our greatest memories from Scotland have been from trips we took while living and studying there.  Having an opportunity to live and study abroad gives the perfect opportunity to explore and experience different lifestyles and culture.  It was for these reasons that we both decided to study abroad.

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

MK & TO: We are both now living and working in Toronto, Canada. Tanya works in the heath care sector as an Occupation Therapist and Marian works as a Product Designer.  For now, we are enjoying the time we have being closer to Tanya’s family, but who knows what kind of adventure life has in store for us in the future or where we may end up!

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

MK & TO: We stayed in Glasgow for one year after we both finished our studies.  We had a chance to extend our stay and spend time working in Glasgow and enjoying the life in Scotland even more. We haven’t been back to Scotland since we left in 2010, but who knows? Maybe we will go back to Scotland for our Honeymoon!

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

MK & TO: Never leave your rain jacket at home! You never know when you will need it! Try and take advantage of all the opportunities that are presented to you – don’t be shy. Talk to the people around you and get involved in things at your school or around the city. Glasgow & Scotland has many hidden treasures that you will discover by exploring. We guarantee that you will be make new memories and friends that will last a lifetime.

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

MK & TO: And thanks to you! It was our pleasure.