Rafael Drinks, Pedro Thinks #02: Mono, King’s Court

Student Tours Scotland seeks out another awesome Glasgow Bar

Every week Student Tours Scotland teams up with Rafael and Pedro and goes on an adventure somewhere in the city. They guys may be gone but their adventures live on. Welcome to another edition of, 'Rafael Drinks, Pedro Thinks'.

This weel Rafael and Pedro join Student Tours Scotland in Mono, in King's Court in the St. Enoch area of Glasgow City. This area is pretty full of awesome wee bars dotted around the place. Mono however holds a special place in our heart. It's where I had my fortune read in 2011 and it was scary accurate. I planned an election campaign from there once and went to win. It's also where you get the best cheesecake in Glasgow - even though it's vegan! The range of drinks is great and the food is awesome. Never have I enjoyed vegan food so much. It's nestled away in the corner so it's quiet but gets pretty busy. It hosts a number of events and gigs and is attached to Monorail - a cool record shop. 

The whole place is built into the remains of the access line for St. Enoch Railway Station - long gone since the 1960's and is in one of the old storage sheds. Rumour has that it was once a greek restaurant too - hence the large urns - but that's not verified. Either way, get down to Mono and enjoy!

Lena Points #23: Old Glasgow Zoo Enclosure

Old Glasgow Zoo

Lena and Student Tours Scotland present the first Lena Points of 2014.

This week, Lena is pointing at an enclosure inside the Old Glasgow Zoo. This was a great wee zoo at Calderpark on the far Eastern Boundary of the City of Glasgow. By it's closure in 2003 it was looking rather sad indeed. Lena and I perhaps took more than advantage of the broken down entrance barricade when we got this shot but I'm glad we did. Last week in January 2014 I noticed that work has commenced to transform this entire area. It could have been an amazing park. I'm sad at what it might become.

Glasgow Sem Fronteiras #15: Tiago

Ciências sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK Scholarship come to Glasgow

Student Tours Scotland once again catches up with a Brazilian student who is on the Ciências sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK Scholarship programme. This week Tiago (our second student from Brazil to feature in this blog by that name) speaks with us!

Student Tours Scotland (STS): Hello, so, who are we talking to today? Name, age, where you come from in Brazil, your home place of study?

Tiago (T): I'm Tiago de França Queiroz, I'm 23 years old. I was born in Recife, but I was living in São Paulo and studying at the Universidade Federal do ABC in Santo André.

STS: Why choose Glasgow, Tiago?  What made you decide it was the place to go with Science Without Borders (UK)?

T: That's easy it's because of the weather and the accent! Heh! Jokes aside, first I had to choose a country and I wanted an English speaking country so I chose the UK - mainly because I like the culture here and I used to love the English accent. Then I had to choose three universities in the UK to apply for. Searching I found Glasgow and its universities that I liked a lot. I also started liking Glasgow for no apparent reason, I just fell in love with it (it was God guiding me to the right city). I really started to want to come to Glasgow which led me to apply to two out of three universities in the city. Even after I made my choice as much I discovered about Glasgow and Scotland I knew I had made the right choice.

STS: What was your FIRST experience in Glasgow after arriving?

T: It was getting a taxi to go to my accommodation. We arrived on a Saturday night and got a lot of taxis (about five or six, the beginning of the slow invasion of Brazilians in Glasgow), the driver tried to talk with us, but it was just impossible to understand him. It was kind of frightening because on Monday my classes were going to start and I was thinking, "I'm not going to understand a single word". My first day at Strath was good and a it was a lot easier to understand the lecturer than the taxi driver. However this was this was my first experience here, the first good one was the 'Burns' Night Supper' on my first Friday here, I tried haggis, whisky and I also danced ceilidh. It was just amazing! That is what I want to remember as my first experience in Glasgow/Scotland.

STS: Are you enjoying your time in Glasgow? What aspects of life in the city are you most enjoying?

T: I'm loving Glasgow! Life here is really good, the weather is far from being perfect, but nowhere is perfect. What I love the most here is that Glasgow feels like a small city to me (I did choose Glasgow to runaway from big cities), while it actually is the biggest city of Scotland. Also we have lots of parks and green areas (I love nature) and almost everything is at a walking distance. Furthermore it's possible to find all sort of entertainments here. It's a lovely place to live.

STS: Have you managed to do any touring around Scotland while here with Science Without Borders (UK)?

T: Yes, I've travelled a lot around Scotland! The landscape here is breathtaking, the castles and Scottish history are amazing! The place I liked the most is Dunnottar castle, I've been there twice: once in a lovely sunny day, which gave the castle and landscape one of the most beautiful scenes I've ever witnessed; another time it was really foggy, which was good and gave the castle an interesting mystic feeling.

STS: Would you encourage other students from Brazil, who are thinking of going abroad with Science Without Borders (UK) to study in Glasgow? If yes, why?

T: Definitely! Glasgow is a wonderful place to live, with really good universities to study! And soon it's going to be the first overseas Brazilian territory, heh.

STS: What will you miss the most from Glasgow when you return to Brazil?

T: My friends that live here and the accent! It was difficult to get used to Glaswegian, but now I really like it. I find it beautiful and interesting.

STS: What one thing would you tell an incoming student that they HAD to do in Glasgow?

T: Dry their laundry at Glasgow Green! Have haggis and Irn Bru and as a dessert try deep fried mars bar (a must), they're really tasty, if you don't think too much about what are they made of or how healthy a deep fried chocolate bar might be.

STS: Cheers for chatting with us Tiago!

T: No problem!

Rafael Drinks, Pedro Thinks #01: King Tuts Wah Wah Hut

Student Tours Scotland tours Glasgow's Bars

Welcome to an all-new, all-different regular blog for 2014. In this blog, Student Tours Scotland tours Glasgow's bar scene with Rafael and Pedro - two regulars from Brazil. It's really simple: Rafael drinks and Pedro thinks about the bar.

Our first stop this week was the famous King Tuts Wah Wah Hut on St. Vincent Street in the Blythswood Hill area of Glasgow City Centre. King Tuts is a bar that doesn't compare to any others. It's simply awesome. You approach this tiny place, nestled under some offices and across from the Alexander Thomson church and suddenly you're taken aback by the huge mural on the wall. Inside you're greeted with a cosy wee bar area with a pool table and fantastic staff. 

The drinks range here is amazing. We took some Single Malt Jura Origin Whisky as our drink of choice and got all soppy thinking of the good times this past year in Glasgow.

King Tuts is famous more however, for the secret that lies upstairs - a small gig venue. Many famous acts have honed their skills on the stage in King Tuts Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow. Student Tours Scotland's awesome ginger guide, Gary has even seen his fair share of bands grace the stage there. If you only go to one venue in Glasgow, go here. Grab a whisky and take away some of the best music memories of your life.

Glasgow Sem Fronteiras #14 - Marina

New Year, New Students.

Welcome to another edition of Glasgow Sem Fronteiras by Student Tours Scotland. This week we catch up with another Brazilian student who has just finished up their Ciências sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK Scholarship in Glasgow.

Student Tours Scotland (STS): Hello, so, who are we talking to today? Name, age, where you come from in Brazil, your home place of study?

Marina (M): I'm Marina, 26, from Brasilia.

STS: Why choose Glasgow, Marina? What made you decide it was the place to go with Ciências sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK Scholarship?

M: Firstly I chose UK, because from here it is really easy to go to other countries and I chose Glasgow, because I wanted the most different culture as possible.

STS: What was your FIRST experience in Glasgow after arriving?

M: I was not expecting an accent so hard to understand. But apart from that it was trying haggis and I really likingit. From where I come from in Brasil, we have a very similar dish.

STS: Are you enjoying your time in Glasgow? What aspects of life in the city are you most enjoying?

M: First of all I feel safer here than in Brazil. I can come home late at night, well, at least here in the city centre. There are lots of parties you can go walking to and for an accessible price there are restaurants. You can meet lots of people from other countries; go to musicals, concerts, operas.

STS: Have you managed to do any touring around Scotland while here with Ciências sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK Scholarship?

M: Scotland is really, really beautiful. I know a few towns, castles and have a plan to go to the Isle of Arran soon.  I went to Glencoe and Skye in the summer! I saw some mind blowing paradise views. I saw Stirling and the castle.  Dundee, the sunniest city in Scotland with the amazing sunsets at the Tay river. The grey Aberdeen, (they make really good chocolate there). Stonehaven and Dunnottar castle, where they based the castle in Brave on. And last weekend finally Edinburgh, which I didn't know it is a medieval city. It was like I was back in time. Amazing.

STS: Would you encourage other students from Brazil, who are thinking of going abroad with Ciências sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK Scholarship to study in Glasgow? If yes, why?

M: Totally! Especially because of the people! Scottish people are very warm, kind and polite! They will help you if you're lost, be patient with your accent and never ignore you. I've been around Europe and the Scottish people are definitely my favorite of them all. They are very like the Brazilian only more polite.

STS: What will you miss the most from Glasgow when you return to Brazil?

M: I will miss speaking English and walking down Buchanan Street.

STS: What one piece of advice would you give students from Brazil thinking of going to Glasgow with Ciências sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK Scholarship?

M: There is no place like Glasgow, feels like home! It is not hard to get used to live here.