All posts by Mikael Peltonen

Grüße aus Deutschland ;)

Hi all! 🙂

I started to work on my bachelor’s thesis in the middle of May in Marktheidenfeld, Germany. Marktheidenfeld is a small town that has a population of about 11,000 people. Since Marktheidenfeld is so small, I decided to live in Würzburg (~120 000 inhabitants) instead. Würzburg is about 40km off from Marktheidenfeld. This is my third time already working for the same company (Schneider Electric) in the same location. So far I’ve worked on my thesis for 4 weeks, so I still have about 2 months to go!

Phhhh how do I spend my leisure time… Well this is my third summer in Würzburg already, so I know all the best places and all the best festivals to go to 😉 There’s lots of great wine & beer festivals in the city and the local white wine is actually well know, at least within Germany 🙂 I spend a lot of time at the Main river, either chilling, swimming or grilling with friends ;’) Music is perhaps my most important hobby and luckily I have few friends to play with, so there’s no way I could get bored here 😉

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Würzburg^^

I’ve never worked in an office in Finland, so it’s therefore pretty hard to compare the German office working culture with the Finnish one… I work in a marketing department, where I happen to have only few German colleagues from about 12-14 employees. That means that our working environment is really international, which I find really good. My boss comes from Iran, but my other colleagues are from France, Japan, Finland, China, UK and of course Germany. Everybody has their own habits, but anyways the atmosphere at work is really good which is pleasing!

Best Regards from Würzburg,

Mikael

Servus aus Wels!

Heyyyy everybody !

At the moment I am having a study exchange in Wels, Austria. Wels is located in Upper Austria, which is one of the nine states of Austria. The biggest city within the state is Linz, which is reachable in around 15 minutes by train from Wels. In Wels there are approximately 60,000 inhabitants and it is the third biggest city within Upper Austria. Just for comparison, Linz has around 200,000 inhabitants.IMG_20150917_165303

Wels is located on the Traun river

I am studying in the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, which is the largest University of Applied Sciences in the whole Austria, since it has 4 campuses: one in Wels, one in Linz, one in Steyr and one in Hagenberg. Wels’ campus provides education in the fields of Engineering, Environmental Science and Renewable Energy Studies. I study Mechanical and Production Engineering at Tampere University of Applied Sciences, but now I am specialized in Machine Automation. In Wels I am mostly taking courses from Automation Technology- study program.

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Exchange students gathered together in the Orientation Week in Wels

I have to admit that I disappointed a bit after my arrival to Wels. Wels is not that spectacular city and everything is reachable by foot. In the other hand the location of the city is just perfect, because the connections are so good to travel within Europe! I’ve spent 1,5 months here so far, but I’ve already been in Vienna, in Bratislava and High Tatras-mountains Slovakia, hiking in Gmunden and Hallstatt in Austria, in South Tyrol area in the northern Italy, in München, Salzburg and Budapest 😉 Especially the trips to the High Tatras Mountains and to the Dolomites (in the Alps) to South Tyrol have been magnificent!

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High Tatras-mountains in Slovakia

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South Tyrol, Italy

Even though Wels is not the most interesting city to live in, the friends I’ve got here have been sooo nice and we’ve had a lot of fun together! So the main point is totally to have great people around you although your homecity/hometown wouldn’t be so amazing! Yes, I also study every now and then alongside all the fun we’ve had. The studies have actually been really complicated and I’m a bit worried about the upcoming exams on January and February…

But now I’m truly enjoying my moments here! Haven’t regretted at all that I decided to go for exchange over here. Looking forward to the rest of my stay 😉

Greetings, Mikael

 

 

 

Greetings from Würzburg!

Hi all! I’m having an internship in a small town called Marktheidenfeld, in a region of Franconia, which is located in the northern part of Bavarian state in Germany. I’ve lived in Würzburg (about 40 km off from Marktheidenfeld) for two months so far and I’ve totally enjoyed my every day here! Here’s approximately 125 000 inhabitants in Würzburg and it’s full of students. So I’m really happy I chose to move to Würzburg instead of living in Marktheidenfeld, even I have to travel every day about 80 km. I have to admit that it is nice to drive a car here in the highways, since here are no speed limits 😉 Well quite often here’s also traffic jams which make the driving uncomfortable..

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Würzburg is located alongside the Main river.

I’m working for a company called Schneider Electric Automation GmbH (Ltd.) and I’m working with Safety Products in a Marketing Department. So far I’ve totally enjoyed my work ! I’ve got great international experience since there’s people from India, Morocco, Pakistan, Japan, New Zealand, France (Schneider Electric is a French company so there’s a lot of French people). So basically I work only in English language, but luckily I have a chance to use German every now and then and fortunately the company offers German classes once every week!

So about Germany and its cities.. I didn’t expect that Würzburg would be so great city to live in, but almost every weekend we have some kind of festival or sometimes even two festivals during the same weekend! Wine festivals, beer festivals, Volksfest (“people’s festival” with a funfair), a lot of music festivals etc. At least I’m not bored during my stay here 😉

But sometimes variety refreshes your mind and therefore I’ve tried to travel in other cities as much as possible. So far I’ve spent weekends in Karlsruhe and Bad Liebenzell, Hannover, Rothenburg and Treppendorf. Because I’m a musician and the big music store called Thomann is located in Treppendorf (only 60 km off from Würzburg) I had to visit there, and I have to say it was a musician’s paradise! One of the best moments was when we headed to Bad Liebenzell with couple friends of mine and we went hiking to the Black Forest. I didn’t expect the landscapes to be so amazing!

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Hiking in the Black Forest, stopping by in a town called Hirsau. Monastery of St. Peter and Paul (construction began in 1082) in the background.

To sum up, I like it here! The work, traveling, beer.. Looking forward to travel even more, there’s still Münich, Frankfurt, Nürnberg and lots of other cities to see !

Grüsse, Mikael