Monthly Archives: October 2019

Grüße aus meiner Heimat!

Greetings from my homeland! I started my practical training in a medical technology company in my German hometown Tuttlingen. Tuttlingen is located on the Danube river, close to Switzerland and France and if the air is clear we can see the tops of the Alps. With more than 400 medical technology companies in the Tuttlingen area, the city is also called the “World Centre of Medical Technology”.

I found a trainee position in the Marketing Communications department of Aesculap AG, the oldest and biggest MedTech company at this location. My main tasks are designing marketing materials such as brochures and flyers, publishing news articles and the monthly newsletter and assisting at events and in workshops. What I enjoy most about my practical training are the creative tasks, the international environment and the familiar atmosphere in the office.  

Right from day one I felt very welcome, however I felt obvious differences between the Finnish and the German working culture. Particularly noticeable is the profound hierarchy in German companies and the use of the formal “You”. Colleagues who know each other or work a lot together address each other by their first names, but higher-level colleagues are usually addressed by Mr./Mrs. and their surnames.

Working life as well as everyday life of Germans is characterized by Ordnung and punctuality. The working day in the Communications department starts at 7:30 in the morning, but when I arrive at 7:25 in the office, most of my colleagues are already sitting on their desks. We have a lot of paperwork, everything needs to be documented and it takes months to complete a project. For example, before a new brochure can be printed it gets reviewed multiple times by tenths of people. These people can be product managers, compliance officers, the legal department, the financial department and external inspection bodies who have to comment the document until it gets finally released.

After work or at the weekends I am usually meeting old friends or visiting relatives who are spread all over Germany.  Below you see pictures from the Oktoberfest in München: 

See you soon again in Finland!

Warm and beautiful Fuengirola

I moved to Fuengirola one week before the practice started. I wanted to get familiar with my new hometown. Now I have been here two months and I have one month left.

 

This far I have studied English in Aurinkorannikon seurakunta and gone to walk on my free time every evening. I have also planned some trips to other cities with my husband and daughter whose have visited in Spain. We have visit in Malaga, in Marbella and in Benalmadena.

My basic work day usually consists daycare for children. My working days are from Monday to Friday, when children daycare is open.  I have every weekend free and of course every evening, so I have quite much spare time. And because I’m in Spain I go very often to the beach and relax there.  Like I mentioned earlier I have been walking a lot, according my iphone watch I have walked about 600 kilometers so far.

I have enjoyed my time here. This life is so much different than in Finland. In summer time here is always warm and sunny and rarely rain. Here is very good food, friendly people and always something to do. Here is a beautiful landscape, nice sights and a wonderful sea.

Here is everything very cheap.  One-way bus trip was only 1,15€ in city. Food costs almost half than it does in Finland. Near by my apartment are lots of different restaurants. My favorite Spanish dish is tapas.

 

I hope that my last month will be as wonderful than first part of my trip. There are so much to see and experience.

 

Slovenia, here we go again!

Greetings fellow explorers and vagabonds! Part of my thesis, I decided to finish my studies as a part of practical training in Slovenia in Tourism innovation company. This time I have decided to jump to the deep end of the pool, and mingle with locals instead of Erasmus students which I did last time while I was here. The location is the same beautiful coastal town Portoroz in Slovenia. It is almost the perfect place to take refuge from the harsh northern winters as the mild sub-mediterranean climate keeps over 20 degrees even in end of october.

Sunsets are absolutely breathtaking. At a clear weather you can see the alps spreading across the horizon, and with good luck you can even get a glimpse of Venice in the Southwest!

Travelling to Slovenia isn’t that hard. People are friendly, most of them speak english very well and are very hospitable. The country itself is a mixture of balkan and german. The mixed culture has taken influences from the Habsburgs, Italians and ottomans during its history. People enjoy sports, spending their time in cafes, nature and working absolutely hard as animals.

The city of Piran is nearby Portoroz and offers sea, culture and history in the same place. Prices tend to be for tourists, and for such I recommend other less touristic towns to visit for a more affordable accommodation, food and services. Living in touristic town is expensive as appartments are scarce and services tended more to tourists. But if you are on a holiday and have money to spend, then come on over!

Nightlife is pretty dull, but I tend to enjoy more trekking in the mountains, and most likely will go skiing in the alps at winter, since the distance is very short. For sports there are lot of activities, but otherwise you have to get creative.

As a part of my thesis I will be doing survey on Tourism advertisement and working on writing most of my days, but luckily that is a mobile job, so I will be doing them in local cafes, enjoying the sea view and letting the warm wind ease my stay.

There isn’t much anymore culture shocks for me since I visited here already, but working a thesis is a bit different, since professors tend to give direct guidelines what you should do, limiting my creativity, but otherwise they have been very supportive.

Thanks, and take care!

Greetings from Costa del Sol.

 

I had been here over a month, before I figured out that most of the people, I have met has been Finnish. I was surprised about that fact. Fuengirola is far away and totally in the other side of Europe than Finland, even so its very easy to live here with almost only using Finnish. Here you can visit a Finnish doctor, food market, hair dresser, masseur, bar, dentist and of course Finnish church. It is possible to live here in a Finnish bubble with sun shining on it. And amazingly many, who has moved here, choose this kind of life. I met a couple that has lived here 25 years and don’t speak or even want to learn Spanish language. Local people think Finns as a bit mentally cold because they don’t take contact. And its difficult to take contact if don’t have a common language. However, Finns are accepted here because of the money they bring along. Of course, here is also Finns that are interested to integrate into Spanish culture and learn language. I was surprised because I know what is demanded about foreigners who wants to move Finland. There is a saying “maassa maan tavalla”, which means that you must assume the local habits and learn Finnish language if you want to live there. I don’t want to accuse anyone, but I honestly think that it would be more fun and multifaceted live if taken some of the local culture as a part of your own life.

Along with integration I have worked with loneliness and homelessness within my placement. Both issues appear my daily work here. Here are about thirty Finnish with no permanent place to live. They sleep outside, beg money and spend time in parks. We have met them, talk with them and helped them if possible. Often, they are pleased when you give them a moment and listen their story. Most of the people just walk past them with turning their look away.

Loneliness is seen within old people who has become a widow recently. They wheel sadness, tiredness and need someone to be with. There is a high risk that they are not able to get out from their apartment if not necessary. Our small cafeteria in the centre is great place for them to meet other people or even find a new friend. And we try to visit those who can’t reach the café right now.

My eating habits has become totally different here. During Spanish workdays its normal to grab a sandwich etc. after midday and another snack after work. Bigger meal is used to eat after sunset. In Finland I used to eat much more. Warm lunch at school or work and another one at home. Sometimes third meal at evening if needed. I would estimate that I eat less than half here compared to Finland. It must be the body heating due to cold that spends energy up north. Big change for body but it seems to be happy with it.

For me spare time is easy to spend here. From our apartment its only 200 meters to the seashore of Mediterranean and almost all services are as far. I enjoy meeting new people here. They are social and very friendly. Back in Finland I used to watch ice hockey and soccer when possible, but surprisingly here I can do that much more because of the Finnish restaurants and sport channels. I really didn’t expect that. And can you mention a better place to watch live football than Spain? And of course, at the end I must mention the sun. Its always present here, and biggest reason for Finnish people to move here. Maybe for me also.

Music on the beach

Funny that am in Mombasa making music! the irony of it all is that there is a Finnish song called Mombasa that actually doesn’t visually portray the vibrancy and love culture of this city.

  

Can show you  around my city? Yes, of course,  now you know that this city has grown me. Just some bit of History maybe? well Mombasa is a coastal city of Kenya along the Indian Ocean, actually the countries oldest and second largest city after Nairobi

 

its spiced up with a mixture of cultures tracing back from Arabic origin, tourists from Europe especially Italy, among other countries, locals, Indians, Americans actually everyone is represented here.

Music here has a lot of Arabic influence, coastal taarab and a lot of nice mellow rhythms, this is where I developed my own music genre, this is where it all started. I came home to work with other experts on what I started, I am currently working in studio with Shirko Media an amazing music label, the producer and owner is a multi talented young man.

       

During my spare time, am either on the beach, out hiking or just sleeping since I don’t get to sleep well as I work a lot at night.  Working with women and filming documentaries about women issues.

 

Comparing our way of studying to Finland, we are actually more into theory, understanding something completely then practicing after, My university is Finland is more of Hands on, with all these together, its a Win for me.

 

Talking about culture, Mombasa people and loving , caring and gentle.

Welcome to Mombasa.

Thank you