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Hälsningar från Sverige

In southwest Sweden the temperature is around 9 degrees of celsius, although it’s late November. Grass is still greenish, and apart from few snowflakes and few cold days, there’s no signs of winter.

fullsizeoutput_23ef  Dock of Halmstad

Halmstad, the city that I’m staying, has started to feel a bit small, which is understandable when talking about city of about 60 000 inhabitants. Great thing is, that Gothenburg is less than two hours away, Copenhagen and Malmö around two and a half, Oslo around five, and smaller cities like Lund and Helsinborg even closer, and easily reached by public transportation. Weekend get-aways and day trips away from Halmstad have been nice change of scenes.

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The university life itself consists of lectures, group works, seminars and is rather similar to uni life in Finland. I’ve occasionally talked swedish with my Swedish course mates, but apart from general small talk and everyday tasks (eg. ordering a coffee, doing groceries) I’ve been mostly using english. Even though I’m studying construction architecture in Tampere, and here in Halmstad I’m studying construction engineering, I’ve find the courses here useful and interesting, especially the one’s that are focusing on sustainable development and green building. I’ve noticed that those subjects and sectors might be in more central focus here than they are in our school.

Not only the uni life, but the life and culture in general, is very close to finnish ones, and that must be the reason why I haven’t felt homesickness almost at all. Observing my exchange friends from around the world, the cultural differences has been significantly bigger for them than for me. Every now and then I find their complains about the coldness and high price levels a bit baffling, cause for me this has probably been the warmest autumn so far, and the average price level might even be a bit lower than in Finland. The fact that I’m originally from a small town, makes it easier for me to adjust to living in a small town that is sort of “hibernating” during winter months, unlike my friends from bigger cities that are really struggling.

Although I haven’t felt homesickness, I’m looking forward to spent Christmas in Finland among my friends and family. I’m also trying to find an apartment from Tampere, since I’m moving back there after Christmas, which is not the easiest task (tips for available flats or flat mates are more than welcome). So far I’ve been adjusting myself to Christmas mood by teaching my Hungarian flatmate finnish lyrics of famous Christmas carols, and drinking Glög.

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A farewell cake my friends made me before moving to Sweden

 

 

 

Tjenare från Stockholm!

Greetings from Stockholm,

I have had a great times here in Stockholm. It wasn’t that big culture shock to come here because the culture is quite the same as in Finland.

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I have met many new friendly persons in school and in dormitory.  Yes I live in dormitory,  I have room, toilet and shower but we all share kitchen.

I was in school two weeks and after that I did placement. I did my first placement in Byle gård and second placement in Sophiahemmet. In Byle gård we have patients who have cancer and in Sophiahemmet is health center.

I like this city too much and after exchange I stayed here for the summer to work.

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Having fun in Malmö

My exchange has started very well. Malmö Academy of Music is as good school as what I heard it would be before coming here. Althought information doesn’t move between school and students any better than anywhere else. 😉 The school has made practising very easy for students and that’s why most of my days are pretty long. My teacher is awesome and very inspiring, and I have progressed a lot in my playing thanks to him. The school has five other french horn students and it’s really nice to work with them.

12647105_10153995016879662_7336307590606391351_nLast week we had our first symphony orchestra project. Our school had first time a concert in the Malmö Live which is Malmö’s brand new concert hall. That was one of the best experiences that I have ever had. The concert hall was as good as every musicians has here said.I have already got lots of new friends from the school. Here is people from many countries and I have friends from Sweden, Finland, German, Estonia, Spain and Latvia.

 

12541039_10153954472979662_2830295893536506699_nAlongside the school is important to do relaxing things and with friends from school we go to listen Malmö Symphony orchestra’s concerts that are ones a week because all the student’s of our school can get a free ticket if the concert is not full. I have been in every concert that they have had this year. A friend gave me also a free ticket to Malmö Opera’s Billy Elliot -musical. That was awesome! Tomorrow I’m going to explore Copenhagen and the Royal Danish Teather. I go there to see Verdi’s Falstaff with my German friend.

Malmö is not very beatiful city but it has lots of nice places. Especially the central is really nice at the evening time when it is already dark.

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Malmö has history of factories and just next to my school is one factory. First I thought it is really ugly but I have learned to appreciate its high chimneys while I’m some how got lost with my bike.

12643029_10153991303804662_3205363831491082699_nHere everyone has bike, and the cycle paths are really good. Many times I get much faster to where ever I’m going with the bike than with a buss. For example from home to school takes 15 minutes with the bike but with the buss (with all the walking included) it takes about 25 or 30 minutes.

In the winter time the darkness comes really fast so it is very important to have all basic cycling equipments in order. Have to be very shiny for safety reasons!

 

 

12651178_10153998174704662_6267118038860533478_nThis week we had a semla dag. Semla is a bun that has lots of cream and almond paste (or jam) in it. they are really big thing here. My landlady had baked them on monday and one was waiting me in the fridge when I got home. Next sunday is Valentine’s Day and me and my friends are going to bake some more semlas. ^^

 

 

12688234_10153997227219662_4037261403369475766_nSome times is good to work somewhere else. For example in the fast food restaurant that has tablerunnes, a candle and a rose in the table. I still have 3,5 months time to find lots of more lovely places in Malmö. <3

Enjoying Stockholm!

 

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My stay in Stockholm has been full of joy, exitement and learning new things. This has been a great opportunity to have a taste of life in Stockholm and to see how Swedish people live.  During my tranings I have improved my nursing skills and my Swedish. By learning more Swedish has given better chance to blend in and talk to people from all age groups.

My stay here has taught me also a lot about Finnish culture and many others. My accomondation with other exchange and Swedish student has given me possibility to talk about other European cultures and Chinese culture and compare them. My corridor friends has become like a family to me and I’m going to miss them a lot when I go back to Finland.

Stockholm is a very beautiful and old city and there is lot to do and see. I haven’t done everything I wanted to during my stay but that just gives me a reason to come back to Stockholm!

Picture I added is from Kungsträgården when the cherry trees where blossoming♡

Best regards

Juliaana

Hälsningar från västkusten!

Four months in Trollhättan have gone really fast because time flies when you’re having fun! Every day life in Sweden is pretty similar than in Finland and I avoided the culture shock here. Small shock was when I started my studies in University West because the structure of the academic year is very different than in Finland and the courses were very challenging. Outside of school, I’ve done some travelling in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Swedish Lapland and it’s been awesome! I definitely know my Nordic surroundings better now. Even though my exchange was pretty close to home it was still far and I’ve enjoyed every moment!

International students exploring Gothenburg
International students exploring Gothenburg
Lapland
Lapland
In Narvik Norway, closer to Helsinki than Oslo!
In Narvik Norway, closer to Helsinki than Oslo!
Waterfalls in Trollhättan
Waterfalls in Trollhättan

Adjö!

Anna-Mari

Hälsningar från Malmö!

Happy

Greetings from Malmö, Sweden!

The weather here is terrible most of the time but luckily good friends always save the day! I’m living in a student house and I’m sharing a kitchen with 27 other people from all over the world. Sometimes it’s getting on the nerves when there’s so many people sharing the kitchen but on the other hand that’s where you get to know people. These are the people I’m spending most of my time with.

At school people have been really nice too but the program I’m studying in is not so good. I have learned a lot of Swedish which was my main goal. But I haven’t learned so much new stuff when it comes to light design or theatre production. Practically everything we do here is group work with instruction “do something in the group and we’ll see on Friday what you have done”.

Around 0:58 you can see “the Swedish way of groupworking”. First it was a bit hard to adapt this method but I’m slowly getting used to it…

 

I use my spare time with my new friends and in the gym. It was a good idea to get the gym card because it’s keeping me active and I can go to sauna whenever I want! In the beginning it was also a really good way to learn to know my new friends better when we had something to do together. And of course one great plus is what regular exercising does to one’s body!

I still have few weeks left and I’m going to enjoy it as much as I can! I’m already dreaming of another exchange period which hopefully would be somewhere bit further than Sweden. I really hope the weather is getting better for my last weeks!

Puss och kram,
Helena

It’s a perfect time for ‘Fika’

I arrived in Sweden on 26th of August earlier this autumn, and ever since I have been living in a rather small city Trollhättan that is located in a Southern Sweden, 30 minutes by train from Gothenburg. The amazing location of Trollhättan was one of the main reasons to apply for studies in Sweden; I knew how crazily easy it was to travel to other Scandinavian countries from there. And that on the other hand was something which fascinated me greatly; to see the different cities so near, but still far enough that I have never travelled to those before.

 And traveling is the thing we have done here a lot – so mission accomplished! Now after three months in Sweden I can just be extremely thankful for all the great adventures.

 What comes to studying here, well that part didn’t go exactly as planned beforehand. As I arrived here and had my introductory lectures, it was clear that I had to change half of the courses, as my previous studies did not give strong enough knowledge base for those. Also the level they require in the exams here in Sweden showed up to be extremely high; our first lectures had always those motivational speeches saying that “more than 60 per cent fail the exam always but don’t worry, you can do as many re-exams as you want”.

Also studying besides the exams have been completely different than we Finns are used to. Here in Sweden everything is all about writing your own reflections of the books you have read and afterwards we have seminars where to discuss about the literature. Challenging and interesting!

 

 

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One week to go here before it’s time to say goodnight for a moment and celebrate Christmas with my loved ones <3

 Ps. I thought for a moment to make this blog post into a real Christmas edition with only pictures from Christmas markets around Scandinavia but after all that wouldn’t be fair since there wouldn’t be any photos of the Finnish ones?

– Jutta