Gustavo Wobeto is currently studying with us under the Science without Borders scholarship scheme and has provided an insight into his experience living in Cardiff.
What is your favourite Welsh phrase?
Tîm rygbi Cymru yw’r gorau! – ‘The Welsh rugby team is the best!’
Where can I find out what’s on in Cardiff?
What’s the best way to get around the city?
The city centre is very concentrated so you can have most things you need in walking distance.
What’s the best way to spend a cultural evening in Cardiff?
What’s the best way to spend a sunny weekend in Cardiff?
Cardiff Castle is great when the sun’s shining, but I have to say that Cardiff Bay is the place to be on a sunny Saturday – great shops, tourist attractions, and the best part is the great view.
What’s the best way to spend a rainy weekend in Cardiff?
Go to the National Museum Cardiff. It has a great range of art and natural history pieces, and all for free!
What’s your top restaurant in Cardiff (with student-friendly prices)?
Being Brazilian, I recommend Viva Brazil. It’s a great Brazilian-style steak house with a good price for lunch.
What’s your favourite bar or pub in Cardiff?
There are lots of good options – Gwdihŵ, The Moon Club, Metros, The Waterguard in Cardiff Bay. The best student prices are usually at JD Wetherspoon pubs – my favourite of those is The Prince of Wales on Mary Street.
Where’s the best place for sport in Cardiff (watching or playing)?
If you want to play sport, there are lots of different options all over the city such as tennis, football, climbing, rugby of course, and even a dry slope for skiing and snowboarding at the Cardiff Ski and Snowboard Centre. But yes – in terms of watching, make sure you go to the Millennium Stadium and watch the Welsh rugby team – preferably playing against England!
Where’s the best place to go shopping?
St David’s Centre shopping mall. It’s really big with all kinds of shops, and even if you don’t find what you need within the shopping centre, it is situated in the city centre and close to lots of other shops on Queen Street.
What’s your top tip for getting a student discount or bargain?
For those who like going to the cinema, the BAFTA Wales membership card lets you watch as many films as you like for free in lots of cinemas most days of the week, and with discounts at other times. It gets you invites to preview screenings and special events, and deals at other places around Wales like shops and cafés and hotels… and it only costs £35 for the whole year.
What’s your number one Cardiff experience… the one you’d tell your grandchildren about?
Without a doubt, all the friendships I’ve made here. Cardiff is a very welcoming city and the people here are really nice, and I think that’s the reason why so many international students come to Cardiff. I have lots of good friends from all over the world here and they’re exactly what I’ll be telling my grandchildren about.