Glasgow Sem Fronteiras #20 - Cazé

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The semester may be over but there are still plenty of awesome folk around Glasgow for us to get involved in tours with. This week we find another student from Brazil on the Ciências sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK Scholarship from the University of Strathclyde.

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?

Cazé (C): Hello Gary! So, I'm Carlos José, or Cazé, I'm 21 and I come from Londrina, Paraná, in the south of Brazil.

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

C: Well, I decided to choose the UK, as I had the opportunity to choose from a bigger range of universities in Europe. So after doing some research, I found out that Glasgow was the third biggest city in the UK, and had great and awarded universities, besides being the hometown of Franz Ferdinand! It was my first option, so I'm really glad I could come here.

STS: What is your earliest memory of arriving in Glasgow - any funny or weird experience?

C: Yes! The accent was the most difficult part about getting used to Glasgow, and the first taxi I took was one of the moments I didn't know what to do. I was with another Brazilian near Glasgow Central Station and decided to take a taxi, as we had lots of luggage. So we went to a taxi station and asked the taxi driver (who was standing out of the car) if he could take us to the University of Strathclyde. He said a lot of things, but we couldn't understand a word, and just kept looking at each other, until we understood he said, "It's on Richmond Street. It's that way." He pointed somewhere, but he kept smoking on the sidewalk and didn't get in the taxi, so we didn't know if he wasn't going to take us there, or if he just didn't understand that we wanted him to take us there, or if it was too close, anyway. Eventually he said, "Get in, I'll take you there", as if he'd given up. It was one of the first times I realised I'd learned the wrong language.

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

C: I'm really enjoing this city. I already accepted the fact that it rains a lot, and no plans can be cancelled simply "due to the rain". But the three things I really like about here are: the buildings, as I'm a civil engineering student I get speechless sometimes (a perfect example is inside the Glasgow City Chambers), the people, which are really kind and helpful, even the most serious ones (during the Student Tours Scotland Treasure Hunt we didn't find a single person who didn't try to help us, and some actually took us to the places we needed to go, which was really surprising), and Irn Bru! I'm taking back to Brazil a life supply of cans.

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

C: Yes, I have, I did a few tours with Student Tours Scotland, some with societies and some with friends, just taking a train anywhere that sounded a cool place to visit, and never got disappointed by it. I still intend to visit the highlands, Inverness, Loch Ness, and everything, but on the second semester, when my parents will be here.

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?

C: Definitely yes! It's a great city and a great country, breath taking landscapes and you can visit other countries in Europe too. Just don't come if you'll be complaining about the weather everyday, though.

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

C: Understanding three words out of a ten word sentence, Irn Bru and not being able to take an hour bus or train and be inside a castle, with a great view of the city under my eyes. Oh, and not seeing highland cows as well!

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

C: Don't even think twice, you won't regret it if you come here. It's definitely the place to be, and the rain and cold only make it more Scottish!

STS: Cheers for chatting with us Cazé!

C: Nae bother Gary! Cheers and careful with the tubaros (a fun word we created for tubarão, the Brazilian Portuguese word for shark).

Glasgow Sem Fronteiras #19 - Augusto

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Student Tours Scotland continues our interviews with students on the Ciências sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK Scholarship from Brazil who are studying in Glasgow. This time we speak with Augusto.

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?

Augusto (A): Hi there! I'm Augusto Azevedo, 25, from Campinas – São Paulo. My dream is to live in a house by the sea with a big dog and a cat (and hopefully another human being too) and my greatest fear is dragons.

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

A: I honestly didn’t know anything about Glasgow until after I was offered to study here and, only then, I started doing some research to know where I was going to live. Long story short, I was drunk at my friend’s house in São Paulo and I had less than one hour to pick three universities to submit my application, so I just chose Glasgow Caledonian University by chance, and I don’t even remember which other two I picked. No regrets!

STS: What is your earliest memory of arriving in Glasgow - any funny or weird experience?

A: I had just arrived at my accommodation and taken a shower. Shirtless, on my way to my room, I came across a flatmate of mine who greeted me. I was so exhausted that I just winked, entered my room and fell asleep. She thought I was a gangster.

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

A: The city is so beautiful! Whenever I’m bored and it’s not raining, I just go for a walk around the city centre or a park; it never fails to amuse me. And, if it is raining, there’s always a pub that I haven’t been before.

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

A: I’ve been to pretty much every corner of Scotland with STS, apart from some Islands, to which I intend to go over the summer.

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?

A: Definitely. It is a beautiful city with plenty of things to do and awesome bands are always around for the most epic concerts! Plus, you get to learn English with the most distinct accent ever.

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

A: The late sunsets during summer, street musicians by Buchanan Street or Sauchiehall Street, chilling in Kelvingrove Park after having some BrewDog Beer, avoiding annoying situations by saying “no hablo ingles". But mostly, all the cute gingers in kilts.

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

A: If someone with an unintelligible Glaswegian accent comes to talk to you in a club, it’s always better to repeatedly ask, “what?” than to nod with a smile and end up getting a surprise kiss.

STS: Cheers for chatting with us Augusto!

A: Cheers, mate!