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Belissimo Torino, ti voglio bene!

Ciao tutti! Hi everyone 🙂

I am studying Business Administration at Università degli studi di Torino. My journey here is almost finished and I feel both sad and relieved. Next week I am travelling back home and I will see my family and friends again – too excited about it! Then again I feel sad that I can’t spend time with these people that I have hanged out with the last four months, and that’s going to be weird.

Something about our University: Our university is one of the oldest universities in Italy. It was found in 1404 and most its buildings are old. Sometimes even the style of teaching feels like from that century- just kidding. We had this Irish professor that said that Italian teaching method is so old fashioned and should be changed. This is because the professors just sit in front of the class and speak from the slides. There were two professors standing up, but their bad skills of English blew it. The style of the lectures are very university like, but there were also some group tasks and case-studies. For me the case-studies worked the best. In TAMK the teaching method is more from practical point of view and that’s why I missed more of case-studying kind of method to the lectures. But it’s an old university, can’t forget that.

View from Monte di Capuchini – me and my flatmate

Now something about my spare time. At first I attended the Erasmus parties and other events for exchange students. I liked to go to this Tandem Linguisticoevery week- the idea of it was to practice different languages. In Torino there’s also a party called Baila Conmigo, where’s a free dance lesson about latin dances in the beginning and afterwards you can set your new skills free on the dance floor. Now that it’s summer I like to spend my time in the big park of Torino called Parco del’ Valentino. We also like to have apericena, which is a combo of aperitivo and dinner.


Baila Conmigo in LAB

I have also done a lot of travelling while being in here, mostly in Italy. I have seen Rome, Naples, Bari, Aosta, Alba, Ivrea, Verona, Venice, Genova and Paestum. Outside of Italy I have travelled to Nice, Monaco and Athens. If your wondering how I had the time to do all that, it’s because our courses are held one at a time. Then after every course there’s always been a long enough vacation to travel. I’m so happy about this journey and all of the people I have met here. I’ve got to know people from so many different countries but after all I have to say- we are not that different from each other. 🙂


I wish all of the other exchange students the best time! Enjoy :):)

Summer Perfetto!

Alrighty! Now I’m already in Switzerland completing my exchange studies and I will tell you guys more about how’s everything been here in a couple of months. But first let’s start by summarizing my summer in Italy and the practical training I did there.

I’ve got to admit – I can still remember how it felt when I arrived to Genoa Airport after spending the night on the floor at Copenhagen Airport; very tired but extremely excited. I received a phone call from my colleague that he is on his way to pick me up. And luckily he was picking me up, since my luggage was still on its way from Copenhagen to Italy and I was able to get some translation assistance. We managed to sort things out and eventually I received my stuff in a couple of days.

I started my journey in Genoa as a business intern in a worldwide known company Outokumpu. This Finnish stainless steel giant has a lot of business operations in Italy, since Italy is the second biggest market in stainless steel sales in Europe.

Hopefully some day I don’t have to fake entering a Ferrari, haha!

In Genoa, Outokumpu has their Italy’s head office. During the first month I was circulated between for example HR, Direct sales, Credit and Technical Department. With direct sales I was able to visit a lot of different customers all around the Northern area of Italy. Business negotiating, seeing their factories including machinery processes and having lunch with them afterwards were experiences that opened my eyes a lot. Theory and practice are different from each other, but they are still connected and go hand in hand. Without the theory I had sucked in like a sponge during office days, I would not have understood all the stuff I was able to see in practice and vice versa.


It was impossible to be disappointed with the delicious food and dishes served during lunches and dinners.


I spent one week at the Treviso office, which is very close to Venice. My Trevisian colleagues took me there one night and we did an awesome pub tour and laughed a lot!

After the first month I moved to Castelleone, where Outokumpu has a service centre. Long story short, Castelleone service center has mainly two purposes. First one is to produce from the heavy stainless steel coils smaller pieces called sheets. They also have a plasma cutter to work enormous quarto plates into the desired shapes. The second purpose is to work as a smaller warehouse to provide stainless steel for distributors etc. when they’re in a hurry. In Castelleone I spent two months. I travelled all around Northern Italy meeting customers and their factories with different sales managers and field sales people (Also in Castelleone I traveled around the Northern Italy since Outokumpu has agents in the South). I counted that I met more or less 65 different customers and also factories with most of them. If I compare how I did at the first customer and how I did at the last, the difference is huge. I opened myself so much and the knowledge I gathered regarding customer policies and stainless steel industry through those visits is remarkable.

My leisure time was mostly all about relaxing, exploring the nearby places, sun tanning, reading books and spending time with a few close colleagues. After a rough week touring around Northern Italy you just wanted to charge the batteries and give some time for yourself.


I had also visitors during my stay in Genoa and Castelleone! My sister and her boyfriend came to see me in Genoa and we had a blast! I showed them the city and during the evenings we watched the Hockey World Championship games and chilled.

Me & Milla

Me and my girlfriend Milla. We arranged an extended weekend in Milan where we did a lot of shopping, went to Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Milano, walked around the beautiful Milan streets, fine and dined and just enjoyed the short, but fantastic time together.


My last visitors to see me were my parents, who came by motorcycle all the way from Tornio to Castelleone. We spent a nice and lovely week together by chilling the evenings around the poolside, visiting a nearby city Crema and also Milan. In Milan we did of course a little bit of shopping, haha.

There were many similarities but also differences compared to the Finnish working culture. We have to remember that the company is indeed Finnish, but the blue- and white-collar workers in Italy were Italian (excluding a few employees). From the very beginning I felt very welcomed and people seemed very happy all the time. In Finland I have felt myself welcomed too in different jobs, but the Italian culture makes it slightly more warm. In the attitude of the employees I saw similarities – hard working people with a certain goal to approach. Is the punctuality in Outokumpu Italy inherited from the Finnish culture or is there a natural tendency for it, I could not say. Nevertheless, all the people I met during those 3 months, colleagues and customers, they all made my stay one of the best experiences I’ve had so far.

Ciao bella! – Life in Italy


Greetings from the fascinating Dolomites  of Italy! The south tyrol is truly a place where the mind and soul rest. Yesterday me and the other piano students from Ambrosini´s class went hiking. It was truly a remarkable experience. We walked almost in 1800 meters and spent the whole day watching the most beautiful views and breathing the freshest air you can only imagine. It was wonderful!

Italy and Italians have treated me very well.
Our school is small but active, full of musicians who possess at least the desire to make music with full heart and will. I´d say this is the starting point for all high-quality submission. I am very proud to be part of the music community in Verona. 

The conservatory has become a special place for me. Due to the fact that I spend most of the time there, but also because I got to meet and play with some great people. I have noticed for Italians there is always a moment to catch up despite the situation and share parts of the day with one another. Also the fact how Italians keep in touch with their family members is something, which is little bit missing in the Northern parts of Europe. Perhaps the cultural collectivity has made a biggest impact on me after all.

Lots of greetings and see you very soon,

truly yours,




Greetings from Italy! I am doing my Erasmus traineeship in Udine which is a small city in northern Italy. I am here with my classmate and we have been here one month. Time is going really fast and luckily we have still two months left.



I am doing my traineeship in the rehabilitation hospital Gervasutta. The first month I worked with patients who had neurological and musculoskeletal problems. Now I have patients with different neurological disorders. I have worked with other students, teachers and physiotherapists. In Gervasutta there are great facilities and equipment to practice physiotherapy. Many patients speak only Italian so sometimes it has been challenging to work with them.


In my free time I have met other Erasmus students, done some sports and enjoyed food and wine. We had a long eastern holiday and during that holiday I visited in Verona, Venice and Tarvisio. There are amazing landscapes in Friuli-Venezia Guilia so I would like to travel more and see all the beautiful places!




IMAG5310Greetings from Udine,  a small university city in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region in northeastern Italy. Me and my classmate Ilona have been here already over a month, though it feels like we had arrived only a week ago.

I study physiotherapy and here in Udine I’m doing my practical training in the Gervasutta Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The first month I have worked with patients who have both neurological and musculoskeletal problems. I have worked together with some local physiotherapy students, which has been nice. It has been great to been able to speak English with other students and teachers, but at the same time I have not learned so much Italian.

In my free time I have worked out at the gym, done some shopping at local shopping IMAG5318centre, eaten some delicious Italian food (of course), walked around the city and met other Erasmus students. There is an active group of Erasmus students who organize many great events and parties here in Udine. Few weeks ago we prepared some typical dishes from our home countries and then we met and had this ”Eurodinner” together. Me and Ilona baked some cinnamon buns and they were a hit!

I think the best part of being in Italy so far, has been the earlier spring. While in Finland has still been snow and freeze, I have already enjoyed the sun in our balcony in March!IMG_20160314_123438

For the following two months I’ll stay in Italy, I have planned to do more travelling. I want to explore the region of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia – see the Alps, visit little villages and Trieste, the capital of the region. And of course, I have to visit the Venice. So, there are still many things to do and I’m a bit afraid those two months will go too fast…

Saluti da Parma, Italia!

Buongiorno a tutti!

I arrived in Parma, Italy in mid-September when summer was still at its best and temperature around +30’C. Parma is a beautiful city of 187 000 inhabitants, which is small for Italy. The location is perfect for exploring places, for example by train you can reach Milano in 1.5h, Bologna in 1h and Modena in 0.5h.

Cattedrale e Battistero di Parma
Piazza Garibaldi

I’ve gotten to know the local culinary culture by visiting a cheese factory where they make the world famous Parmesan cheese, Parmigiano Reggiano. My favourite! Goes well with the local spakling red wine Lambrusco. Lots of pasta and pizza also, though pizza comes from the south of Italy and isn’t typical for the north.

A wheel of Parmesan cheese weighs 40kg.
The wheels are soaked in salt water


Very soon after arriving in Italia you also realize, that Italians generally don’t speak English. Even at the university, the welcome lectures for international students were held in Italian and everyone expects you to know and speak Italian. The con is that you easily feel an outsider if you don’t speak the language. The pro is that you learn it REALLY fast because you have to 😀 Luckily they provide language courses at the university.

A park next to my apartment

I’ve managed some travelling also, most memorable being Cinque Terre at the Italian Riviera. There are five small villages at the coast with unimaginably scenic views and small alleys to wander along.

Cinque Terre

My exchange is now a little over half-way. I’m looking forward to more unforgettable experiences in this country of culture, art and good food. Arrivederci!


View from my balcony

I just finished my Internship in Milano and I have to say I am going to miss this place !
I had the chance to learn a lot and work with so talented people, it was really a great experience. I am not new with Italian culture, but believe me or not, I visited so many places that I have never seen before and I ate great food!

I was in love with this cappuccino!
I was in love with this cappuccino!

My internship started in April and It was a really crazy experience! I got shocked how fast we need to deliver our works. Usually we got around 2, 3 days to build and create animations from 0! In Italy everything is a bit on a rush, but this schedule teach me to be on time with my works, to do fast and precise designs and deliver good quality in few time!
I also got the chance to create 3D Holograms for Holographic devices! It was really interesting and I probably will keep creating more.

I had the chance to create holograms content for Holho devices.
I had the chance to create holograms content for Holho devices.

I had the chance to visit EXPO , the Universal exposition hosted by Milan this year.
It’s so huge! I didn’t have the opportunity to visit it all because it’s really long and host over 145 countries (but not finland :c ), but the architecture of each country blows you away.

Ciao tutti!

Hi everyone!


Here is my small postcard from Italy, where I have been about two months now. How the time goes so fast! I thought that I just came here.. But I think when you have fun, time goes like express train – really fast.

My experince and practical traning has been nice. Of course I have used to italian way to do things – everything is so slow! And you don’t know what you’re going to do next week. But luckily everything has gone well 🙂 I have seen italian way to nurse and live. I have been in psychiatrical ward, intensive care unit and the rest of my training I am going to spend at the home care. And I’m so excited about that, because I can see real italian life and homes!

Also I have had time to travel around north Italy and I have seen many interesting cities and places. I have visited at Gardalake, Bologna, Mantova, Ravenna, Venice etc… And for that I have to thank my roommate and her boyfriend, because they have a car and they take me with them to travel 😀

Gelato and Prato Della Valle (largest square in Europe)
Pizza and pasta 😀

And what about italian food. Oh I love it! Pizza is so good here and also pasta. Mmmm. I’m going to miss that good food. And best thing here is ice cream – gelato. I love it, I think that I can’t eat finnish icecream anymore 😀

So it has been lovely to be here in Italy. I have met lot of new people and have friends. I have learn new language a bit. My apartment is nice and nature and buildings here are so beautiful. So definetly I’m going to miss tay when I have to go back home to Finland.

Cordiali saluti: Pilvi

Park and river next to my apartment. I love it!