Howdy from Galway!
It has been pretty awesome exchange period so far in Galway, Ireland. Time has, indeed, flown so fast, because it’s only three weeks left!
I’m studying business in “GMIT”, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology. It’s kind of crazy, because at my home institute in Tampere I’m studying Forestry, so there are not that many similarities with those modules. 🙂 School itself has been pretty easy, so I’m happy that there’s enough spare time to do some other things, too!
The place I live is a student village “Gleann na Ri”. There lives three guys at the same apartment with me: Gerrit, Sven and Niko. So yeah, there’s another Finnish dude, so it’s not possible to forget how to speak Finnish. Gerrit is from USA and Sven from Germany, so it gives me a possibility to practise both English and German. And of course there are also many other exchange students studying in Galway, so it has been really nice to get some new international friends and contacts during the exchange.
As the heading tells, Galway is quite nice place to spend an exchange semester. People here are usually easygoing and relaxed. The Irish love to use some sarcastic humor, and I have to admit that they aren’t afraid to use some “stronger words” as well. It was surprisingly easy for me to adapt to live in Ireland, and I believe that a big reason for it is the similarity of the people here. Well, maybe the Finnish are shier, but the sense of humor is pretty similar. It’s easy to find some other similarites too, such as the Irish food and occidental culture itself. Of course there are also many different things that I miss about Finland (rye bread, proper sauna, etc.), but I have managed to live without those things, at least couple of months.
Travelling and just seeing some great places has of course been one of the main things to do here, when having some spare time. Here are some pictures of these nice trips to different places: