Monthly Archives: November 2021

Greetings from Madrid!

The exchange is coming to an end. The last month here is going to be super busy with the exams. I study International Business in a private university called Universidad Francisco de Vitoria. The school is located a bit further away from the city but it is a big campus which is super nice. On the campus we have different cafeterias, study areas and you can play a lot of different sports there. The studies are definitely different than at home in Finland but it’s been good so far!

I live right in the center of Madrid, in an area called Sol. The city is very beautiful with its old buildings and cute restaurants & cafes. I literally have everything so close to my apartment that the time after school has been easy to spent exploring the city. Here In Madrid you can walk for hours and the city doesn’t end so it’s super nice. There is also a beautiful, large park nearby where you can get a bit of nature! One thing that I’ve had to get used to is that there is so many people on the streets here. It can be super overwhelming sometimes and it can be hard to get stores or restaurants in the weekends.

  

I came to the exchange alone and I haven’t met any Finnish people yet. I think that it has been nice though since I’ve only spoken English and a little bit of Spanish here as well. I have met so many great people here in my studies and also elsewhere when travelling other places here in Spain. People here are super open and friendly! Most of the Erasmus/international people life in the center so it’s easy to see people outside school as well.

Overall, I love the atmosphere of Madrid. The people are friendly but also super chill and not stressed at all which is super weird but so nice at the same time. The habit of sitting down and eating dinner late in the evening for hours is so nice! You get the chance to really spend time with your friends and eat super good food and drink sangria of course!

Saludo desde Madrid!

Greetings from Madrid! I have enjoyed my studies here since I am a Business Administration student and here it is possible to study business related to tourism which interests me a lot. Also, I think Spain has a lot to offer in studies in tourism since here the tourism industry is one of the world’s biggest.

In my spare time here, I have traveled as much as possible around Spain. On previous trips, before coming here I have organized my excursions, but here in Spain, I have used travel agencies who have mainly targeted their excursions at university students, which is another reason why it has been nice to go on these trips since meeting other fellow students.

Otherwise, I have spent my free time getting to know Madrid, studying Spanish, meeting new people, meeting friends from Uni, and participating in Erasmus Student Network events such as group dinners, museum tours, excursions, and of course bar nights.

At the Uni here in Spain, things seem to go more with the flow, and people don’t take things as seriously in everyday life as in Finland. Going with the flow is reflected in not planning things or stressing about things too much. It’s enjoyable, but also frustrating at times. Also, at Uni there are a lot of tasks and assignments, but it seems that the quantity compensates for the quality compared to Finnish Uni tasks. Maybe one of the weirdest things here at Uni for me is that they are offering wine and beer with school meals.

Altogether I am enjoying my time here in Madrid and wish I could stay a bit longer. Maybe I look my next internship here.

Saludos,
Jan

Góðan dag frá Íslandi

Goðan dag frá Íslandi – Good day from iceland..

What can I say about Iceland and where I live? Its unbelieveable. Iceland seems to be that place on everybodies bucket list where you HAVE to go.. And so you should. This place is a thing of beauty, a gem of a place where I have been privileged enough to visit, let alone live for 5 months. I have loved my experience so far that much that I made the decision to stay and do another semester over here and do my free choice credits and potentially internship.

Coming here has reignited my dream which I thought was impossible. At the age of 28 its hard to start playing ‘professional football’ as its the end of a footballing career for many, but for me I tried out for two teams, one in the top league here, and one in the league below. For the upcoming season, I will be on a paid contract and I am waiting to hear back from the other team, so who knows! Either way, without this Erasmus I would not have had that chance in Finland, especially with the smaller salary over there!

The view outside my house is literally this. Living on a hill provides us with these views 24 hours a day. And its perfect.

The people I have met have been amazing, I have made so many friends, partied, studied, deep talk, disagreements, debates. Everything. Some stand out people, two Spanish fellers, 2 Finns, one who lives in helsinki, Graduated from TAMK in 2019, is friends with Marita Tuomala’s son and somebody who I worked with and also studied in TAMK. A small small world. I am having the best experience, And would recommend this place to everybody. Natural waterfalls, Mountains, warm waterfalls, Fjords, jellyfish, whales, stunning scenery, natural baths, volcanoes and so much more. 

Of course, everything cannot always be great. Its so expensive, but who cares. Erasmus Grants and student loans are there for you to get the most out of your student experience and create memories that you will not be able to create when you get into a full time job. And that is exactly what I am doing. No regrets!

 

 

Akureyri, the place I live. The northern city, 10000 people only. Wouldn’t change it for the world. From the hustle and bustle of London, to the Tampere Mayhem with all of the works going on, this is a nice breather just before I turn 30

 

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Then we have the northern lights, immediately above my student apartment in the picture. AMAZING.

And finally, on the 30 minute flight to Reykjavic, this was as we took off. This mountain range is a 10 minute drive from me. Beautiful.

 

Greetings from Vienna, Austria!


The exchange in Austria in Vienna got off to a great start and I got to know wonderful people from all over the world in the first week. Orientation Week began in February 2020. I admired the beautiful cultural architecture of Austria and the endless offer of the city to experience the most amazing things together with new acquaintances. Studying and celebrating stayed well balanced and I got to know the wonderful city of Vienna.

Unfortunately, the corona pandemic struck a couple of months after leaving for the exchange, as a result of which my friend and I had to return home. Unaware of what Korona is, we said goodbye to each other and to the wonderful Austria. I completed the course at an Austrian school as a distance learning from Finland. In terms of studies, everything went great and the course offer in Austria was something new and we were able to continue running the courses in international teams. It was unfortunate that the experience did not end all the way because of the coronavirus. Still grateful for what it was already two months to deliver! Thank you!