Scotland 2017/2018

Hello there! My name is Stefanija and I am from Latvia. I am 18 years old and I study Catering and Hospitality. I decided to go to Scotland because it’s an incredible place and I wanted to get a new experience in my work&study field.

My first impression of Scotland is amazing! I like this place a lot. I stay in Glasgow and it’s very pretty and green place. People are very nice and friendly here as well. They even have a slogan – People Make Glasgow. I think it’s the best slogan ever! It has a very deep meaning. Not sculptures or architecture make the city. But the people make the Glasgow.

In my daily basis I have lessons and after them I have some excursions. One of the best excursions of the first week was a walk through Pollok County Park. The weather was really nice and I could even have a look at very ancient mansion in that park.

I got a lot of knowledge about the Scottish culture after the first week. I found out that Scottish people have their own language called Galic. Moreover, people who was born and raised in Scotland have a specific Scottish accent. For example, instead of saying yes, they say aye. That’s very interesting, isn’t it? 🙂

I have quite a lot favourite spots in Scotland. One of these spots are parks. Glasgow is a very green city and I like to go for walks and explore this incredible areas of flowers, trees and bushes.           In my free time I usually go to the city centre with a bunch of my new friends. I like to visit restaurants, cafés or pubs with my friends. It gives me both : an opportunity to practice my English skills and even try new kinds of food.

I find this internship very useful because I am going to visit a lot of knowledgeable places like Whisky Distillery and different cafés & restaurants. It will help me in learning a lot of useful information in my hospitality field. But I am also looking forward to my trip to Inverness, Loch Ness and The Highlands.

Scotland is a really nice place 🙂 As for me, everyone should visit Scotland!

I’m moving to Sweden!*

*For five months!

Hi, I’m Liis!
I’m an Estonian girl living in Scotland for the past 5 years.

Two years ago I decided to ‘do something with my life’ and I went to college to study professional cookery. Best decision I ever made!
In 2017, however, my studies were coming to an end, I was working in a chain restaurant and felt like I was lacking any certain future plans..
Lo and behold, as fate would have it, back in June, I got offered an opportunity of a lifetime – move abroad for 5 months, study and work in hospitality and get all expenses paid! I could also choose my own destination (the options were Amsterdam, Tenerife, Helsinki or Gothenburg). Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?
Now, 3 months later, I’m ready to pack my bag and head off to the unknown!

Well, not the totally unknown – I already know my destination, which will be Gothenburg, the 2nd largest city in Sweden; I will be spending the first month in a cookery school there with people from other countries participating in the same programme and then I will be on a work placement in a local 3-4* hotel.
I will be working alongside locals as well as people from Belgium, Finland and France among others.
They also provide a cultural programme, food and accomodation and a daily allowance.

I’ll be leaving in two weeks time, it’s not fully sunk in yet, but I’m now starting to slightly panic about what to pack – 5 months! Cold winters! Work clothes! Being a girl and wanting both comfort and glamour! Ugh, that’ll be the hard part..

In any case, there’s exciting times ahead!

Until next time,
Liis 🙂