|Aberdeen has something for everyone. It has a rich cultural heritage and a thriving community, which makes the Granite City a lovely place to live and study.
Aberdeen has a population of nearly 220,000, with both of the rivers Dee and Don joining the coast near the city centre. Its well known around the world for its granite architecture bordered by farmland, splendid beaches and rugged hills.
Aberdeen is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, which welcomes people from all over the world. Due to it being the Oil Capital of Europe there is plenty of men and women coming from all over the world to do business.
Even though it being a cosmopolitan city, people still like to do traditional activities such as farming and fishing.
There are busy shopping malls in the city centre as well as major chain stores, charity shops and designer boutiques.
There is also a wide range of dining facilities with traditional pubs and restaurants, wine bars and night-clubs. Cinemagoers also have plenty of choice. The city has thriving nightlife.
Culturally, Aberdeen caters for all tastes. There is a theatre in a magnificent Edwardian building which attracts people of all ages and cultures to come and watch the different selection of entertainment that is held there.
There is also the Lemon Tree which has a café-bar atmosphere and attracts people to come and watch a mixture of theatre, dance, stand-up comedy and music.
Aberdeen has excellent facilities for sport lovers. It has many indoor leisure centres, golf courses, horse riding, and windsurfing. Only in Aberdeen can you go windsurfing in the morning down at Aberdeen beach and then skiing in the afternoon over at the dry ski slope in Garthdee.
Also, the city of Aberdeen is home to the famous football team, Aberdeen football club, who are currently in the Scottish premier league in Scotland. They play at Pittodrie which is 22,000 all-seater stadium with modern facilities.
Getting about Aberdeen is easy, with a brilliant bus service giving the public access to all parts of the city and suburbs.
There are many pleasant walks or brief cycle areas within the city. Aberdeen has access to all over Scotland and Britain with a cheap and reliable train service as well as an airport situated on the edge of the city.
Aberdeen is a city that’s big enough to live in and small enough to know people. It has a warm and pleasant atmosphere and I recommend it to anybody.
WORDS AND PICTURES BY RORY FRASER (S6) BANKHEAD ACADEMY, 1ST PRIZE WINNER OF SCOTLANDTHEBREAK'S SCHOOLS COMPETITION