Greetings from the Netherlands!
In the beginning, I have to tell that time flies here! I have lived here for more than 2 months already! But as has been said; time flies when you are having a good time 🙂
I live in Nijmegen, in the oldest city in the Netherlands. This city is beautiful with lots of students. Nijmegen feels like a small idyll city with lots of old buildings. I feel very comfortable living here. There are not huge differences in the culture and the life style between Finland and the Netherlands. That is one of the reasons why it has been very easy to settle down here. People here are very friendly and open. Almost everyone is able to speak English.
I live about 5 km away from school and the city centre. It means lots of cycling: I rarely use any other transportation in Nijmegen. This country is famous for the bikes; people actually bike here a lot! Sometimes it feels like there are more bikes than even cars in the traffic. There are own lanes for the cyclists on the roads.
Life is treating me very well here! It feels like a home here. My everyday life consists of school, hanging out with the friends, sports, travelling etc., just as my life in Finland also. I live with 8 other students and there are plenty of students in the area I am living. It is very easy to make friends here and have company here.
Weather is pretty nice to Finnish people also. It is raining every now and then and it is getting darker all the time. At the same time it is still warmer than in Finland J Now at this time (November) it has been up to 15 degrees during the days; it feels actually very warm weather for the November J So basically while the people from the southern Europe feel the freezing, rainy and windy weather I cannot complain. There are always an option to go and dance under the rain in any way!
I have done some small trips in the weekends and looking forward to do more. It is very easy to travel; it is easy to just take a train and travel to new cities in a cheap way.
I have about 2,5 months left here and I want to fully enjoy my rest of the time here and keep learning new things. Adioooos!