One semester in Finland ... Sat, 08 Sep 2012 21:07:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tue, 24 May 2011 07:19:11 +0000 Our last full day in Finland has already started. Tomorrow we will start our way back home. Today we will go shopping for the last time, pack our stuff together and in the evening a friend is coming to say goodbye. Time went really fast the last days, but we are also looking forward to see everyone back home.

]]> 1 Mon, 23 May 2011 19:00:44 +0000 Today we said goodbye to our Finnish Friendship Family. For our last meeting we got some Turkish-Finnish kebab. Double meat, i.e. about 1.7kg each of the two kebab rolls … It’s been nice to get to know the four of them and to spend some time discovering Finland aside from all the exchange student stuff. Even though we didn’t make it to the cottage while we were here, we are looking forward to the next meeting, e.g. in Germany?

Greetings and thanks to our friendship family – and take good care of my cactus 😉

]]> Wed, 18 May 2011 05:28:22 +0000 status: green 🙂

todays program: starting bike tour through the Archipelagos; first day = approximately 70km

note: we know we have to report about a lot of things here, but right now we don’t find the time. We will be back on Sunday and hope to get by with our blog entries by Tuesday.

]]> 2 Sun, 15 May 2011 17:05:19 +0000 Status: green 🙂

today’s program was: driving, national park, lakes, hiking, an osprey and a moose …

]]> 1 Mon, 09 May 2011 15:00:19 +0000 Hi all,
we had an exam this morning, but beside this the day was really nice :).
Blue sky, sunshine and nearly 20°C and that in Finland, isn’t it great? We had our first lunch outside in the sun today and we didn’t freeze at all!

But I have to say the spring here is different than in Germany. While my mum was telling me that she has already eaten strawberries from our backyard, the trees here in Turku are just starting to get green. But anyway, it is nice to also experience a little bit of the spring here in Finland.

]]> 5 Wed, 04 May 2011 20:09:05 +0000 02.05-04.05

entry to be written

]]> Tue, 03 May 2011 07:33:38 +0000 Yesterday we arrived to Riga. After a first walk and a quick breakfast today, we’ll attend an alternative city tour later.
Weather status: rain and snow …

]]> Sun, 01 May 2011 20:07:44 +0000 Vappu, what is that all about?

Here in Finland there is a lot happening around the first of May. This day is called Vappu . It is a national holiday and a day for the spring, the students and the workers. The tradition comes from the “Walpurgisnacht”.  Especially student celebrate Vappu with different events sometimes starting already one week before.

We started celebrating Vappu on the 29th of April. As everyone we were wearing our overalls (haalarit) from then until the 1st of May. In the afternoon there was a little get together for all the exchange students. As the weather was nice we were sitting on the grass at the hill of the art museum, just enjoying life.

The 30th then got more interesting. A lot of students met in front of Educarium (one of the university buildings). There was free punch, a band was playing and we got the first balloons for that day. At around 5 pm students started to gather on the hillside in front of the Turku Art Museum. There were so many people. We didn’t know that Turku had so much! From each faculty there was one student carrying a flag, a band was playing, more balloons were distributed and everyone was happy. At 18:00 o’clock one of the students gave a short speech (in Finish) and then all Finish students put on their white student caps (ylioppilaslakki), which they get when they graduate from high school, all at the same time. After that everyone went down to the river. The dentist students then cleaned a statue, which is there, with a big toothbrush and the statue got a cap as well. In the evening we cooked together with a big group in one of the student village’s kitchens.

On the actual Vappu day, 1st of May, everyone went to the Vartiovuori hill for a big, big picnic. Again a band was playing and everyone had a blanket, some food and drinks to have a nice day around friends.

]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2011 19:01:59 +0000 This evening we took our bikes and drove to another student place nearby. We met with a few people and had barbeque together. It was really nice and we had a lot of fun playing Frisbee, even though it was really hard as it begun to get dark… We then realized that we are in Finland. The day before was really warm, but that evening it got really cold again so that we already left the place at 9:30h.

]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2011 13:00:28 +0000 Today the International Office of the Turku School of Economics invited all exchange students for a get together between 12h and 14:00h. Munkki (Berliner) and sima (mead) was served and in the end there was a lottery and a group photo was taken.