For our fifth meeting we went once again to a new place, restaurant living room. We hadn’t met there before and it was actually a totally new place for me. It was a spacious place to meet and talk in peace as the place was pretty empty in the afternoon.
It was hard to stick to only our EOTO languages Finnish and Portuguese but we quickly changed from English when it happened. During our meeting we talked about the cold weather and what an international friend could experience while visiting Finland during the “summer”. It was still early summer and there were news that in Lapland a ski resort is opening a hill or two for some midnight skiing. That is something amazing even though a bit disappointing that the weathers had been so chilly still in June.
Going away from school really makes these meetings more relaxed and it makes speaking not only Portuguese but also Finnish more natural. I do not need to think as much what and how to speak but rather just speak normally. Also these different environments make it easier to come up with new conversations as we are surrounded by food, art and so on. I hope we continue to manage meeting away from school in the future as well.