There's no city like this

There are many things I would like to share about my experience as a student in Glasgow. I feel like this might be too short to capture everything, but hopefully you will get a little taste of the fun I'm having.

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Daniel

12 Feb 2015
3 minute read

A great writer once said "life begins at the end of your comfort zone", so in that line of thought I decided to do my postgraduate studies in a place very different to my warm and sunny Mexico. I had to choose to apply to Universities from such different places, from New York to Madrid, but I took the fact that Glasgow and Scotland were all over the media the last year that I eventually chose this city. And I don't regret it a bit.

The first day I stepped foot on Glaswegian soil I was coming from a very long trip, and I still had to attend lectures that day. I was so fortunate that my peers and teachers welcomed me very well, and by my sixth hour in the city, I was having coffee with them and starting new friendships that I'm sure will last forever. I'm so fortunate to be a part of a large community of students at the University of Glasgow. Here I have the pleasure to hear stories and get wisdom from people all over the world. My peers and I come from such different backgrounds that classrooms and social events are always interesting. That is something that very few places in the world can offer.

One of the things I like most about this city is that you can just start walking and within minutes feel like you are in a totally different place; Glasgow has such modern buildings, surrounded by old traditional European neighbourhoods with unique cafes and delis. The West End is amazing to explore with just the company of a book. I spent my afternoons sitting on benches in the Botanic Gardens or in coffee places and I usually met new people doing the same. Whenever I feel tired or uninspired, I go to the big red palace (Kelvingorve Art Gallery and Museum) and visit my friends Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Dalí and ask them for inspiration, and they never fail to deliver.

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As a young man, there are things that I'm always looking for, these are: good food, fair drinks and nice parties, and I have found all three of them here! Even when the stereotypes about UK say food is not the best, in Glasgow I have tasted the best international cuisine in my life. There is Indian, Chinese, Thai and even Mexican, which I must say is very close to the one my Mum cooks (don't tell her I wrote that). About drinking, you will always find a proud Scot that will lecture you on the best whiskies and keep you company while tasting them.  And in the partying scene, I will just say that I change my favourite pub every week, each one has its own charm and it’s hard not to have a good time on a night out. The city itself has many not-so-secret awesome places. There are churches turned into theatres and theatres turned into pubs. The old buildings in city centre contrast in a unique way with the modernity in the blocks near the Clyde River. Street Art can be found when least expected, and when it comes to outdoor fun, Glaswegians take justified pride in their beautiful parks.

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I don't think there is any other city like this in the world. It has the charm of the traditional European streets combined with the mainstream fun from worldwide shows. As I said before, I was looking to move out my comfort zone to begin life, but in Glasgow I found life in the most comfortable way.

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