Lights and Wishes

After a whole year away from home, I am in Brazil enjoying my time with my family and friends. It’s always beautiful to see how Christmas can make people’s thoughts and feelings more transparent and sensible. Although Brazil’s situation is declining, Christmas time can be a therapy for those who have been facing difficult moments in this political-economical crisis.

One of my favourite aspects of Christmas is the decoration that enlights the street in the darkness of the night. The urge to buy and organise the presents, cards and speeches, full of memories that warm our hearts and stamp a smile in our faces, especially when shared on the family table.


Lights in Sao Paulo

This event of the year reminds us of ours strengths and weaknesses, preparing us for the wishes and resolutions we will bring up, sometimes from the bottom of our hearts, at the turn of the year. Although many won’t become true, the desire to persuade this lists can be enough. The main objective should be to try to make 2017 better than 2016, as year after year.


Interactive Shopping Mall



Christmas Market Trips

Christmas market trips are one of the most popular events at this time of the year. With exciting Christmas decoration and lights, many cities have Christmas markets which are very fun to walk around, take photos and shop. From Cheltenham to Gloucester, Bath, Bristol and nearby cities, Christmas market events offer a range of local food and snack, multi-sized handmade Christmas gifts, winter clothes and accessories and many other beautiful and lovely things.

Unlike your normal shopping, what they offer is a sense of tradition, culture, and community spirit which cannot be experienced in high street brands and outlets. Products of local people, traditional structure of market display and Christmas spirit make Christmas markets very different and enjoyable not only for local people but also for international students and tourists.  For students, it is such a good experience to walk around with your friends to see the decoration, lights, people, and local-made souvenirs and buy some if you are going back home for Christmas holiday. Since they are displayed for a limited period of time and just before Christmas, it is always good to wander around to taste this remarkable pre-Christmas symbol of the UK.


Depending on your preference, you can just visit Cheltenham Christmas market or if you want a new taste and go away from town, you have a range of options to visit any nearby cities which are very easy to reach by either train or coach. The best option is to join the Christmas market trip which is normally arranged by the university so that you can go with a large group of your friends and it is much cheaper than going on your own. Also there will be staff that will guide you and help you along the way. I joined Bath Christmas market last year and had so much fun with my friends seeing around the market. I would recommend other students to go for a try and enjoy this beautiful culture of the country.

Autumn Festivities

It’s coming towards the end of the year…and what everyone looks forward to is Halloween! Halloween here in Cheltenham and as a student of the UOG, I assure you is filled with excitement & entertainment!

As you can see…. We all take our costumes pretty seriously 😉 you’ll see all different kinds of people dressed up in their costumes, some guaranteed to give you a laugh!


Another great thing Cheltenham has to offer for us students of the UOG would be

Words cannot begin to explain how beautiful and magical Bonfire Night is. I for one loved it last year, those pictures above are just a glimpse of my night. Everyone makes an appearance at the Cheltenham Race Course to be a part of and experience this magnificent event. Different cuisines of food stalls are set up, in case you get hungry there is also games & rides for your entertainment while you wait for the big fireworks show. So make sure you put this in your calendar and drag your friends, boyfriend/girlfriend as this is not an event to be missed!