I did my Erasmus study exchange at the University of Salford, in Salford, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom. It is not exaggerated to say that Tampere is Manchester of Finland, not only because both are big industrial cities, but also because of the feel they both bring to us. Perhaps, the difference is population; Tampere is much quieter. The image shows the city center of Manchester with Manchester Eyes and Market Street.
Life in Salford started very smoothly for me with a little kid this type welcoming me right on my first night arriving at the student village. The cute thing about these little foxes is that they are not scared and run away from us or that they do not attack people (of courses, I guess they do if they feel threatened). I had known about them from a friend before I arrived there and I did prepare to even go out and seek for them if I could not see one, but I was lucky enough to come across a cute fox on my first day. 😡 (And later on, I realized that it’s extremely easy to see them, but not to take picture of them)
Well, my life in this place seems to be surrounded by animals. These guys was captured by me in my room; the nightmare when I open my window in the evening. This is indeed my first culture shock in the UK. I came from a place with tropical monsoon climate, so these are kind of too familiar. However, the two years in Finland somehow taught me that I don’t usually see these and rats, of courses. So the lesson is: Do not leave your window open at night. You want air? Open the door, instead.
So, a message from Salford Business School, where I spent my Erasmus exchange: “Show your ambition”. Life at the university is fairly fun, not with the studying though. It is difficult because most other students are in a different level of English; therefore, they require more with the language we use on writing. Apart from that, everything else is excellent.
There are many activities organized by the Student Union. They are fun and very good for socializing. This is Hyena tattoo, one of my favorite sections.
What I wanted to do most when I came to the UK was to travel around the countries. I did not get to travel to many places, but all of them are very nice.
The weather was a minus for my experience in the UK. It is as bad as expected. I hate the every afternoon rain. The fog looks really nice from inside, but annoying outside. Most importantly, it is unexpected. However, I can’t deny it’s good sometimes.
Just to conclude the postcard, unexpected things did happen, but above all, I love the place and people I met there. I miss them all <333