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Second meeting at Kaupinoja sauna


A lovely little road at Kauppi.

Today we met with only Anni and Olivia and I have to say I´m a very happy person now! We went to the famous Kaupinoja sauna (1st time for me) and I finally got a chance to go winter swimming in avanto! We dipped our selves in the freezing lake Näsijärvi for about 5 times and at one time I even took some swimming moves.  It was horrible and wonderful at the same time. Sauna was a cool experience as well and we went there every time after we were in the lake.


We had good talks again about differences in our cultures and we wanted to know a lot what Olivia thinks about Finland and what has been the best things about Finland and Finns. I think the best lessions about this course is getting to know each other and our countries and some lessions on the side. For example when we were on our way to Kauppi, we went to a store to buy sausage and stuff so we had a little teaching lession in the store about Finnish words and sentences as well as in German.

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Anni and Olivia enjoying the good stuff.

I like our group very much and I hope the next time Hanna and Zsofia will be able to join us again. We are going to a hockey game so that should be fun! 🙂

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Anni and me fresh off the sauna!



Fist group meeting

Hello people!

So we met with Zsofia from Hungary, Olivia from Switzerland and Hanna from Finland at the central square Public Corner to play some music quiz and getting to know each other. Unfortunately our newest member Anni couldn´t make it since she had the flu.

Olivia and music quiz

Olivia is teaching us German, which is kind of funny for me, since I don´t know any German. Well I know “Ich weiß nicht” – which I sometimes use with a funny voice. But I´m happy if I learn even something! Well I learned some numbers in German. JEI!  

Zsofia again is “teaching” us some Hungarian. Yes. That is an interesting language.. It´s even harder that Finnish! But it´s fun when she says some things in Hungarian. Maybe I don´t have high expectations in that language… Sorry Zsofia! 😀 But I will try those swear words at some point..

Most interesting part of our date was the part when we were talking about what´s the price level in Switzerland and Hungary. Switzerland is very expensive place to live in and Hungary.. Well that´s a paradise! You can have a bottle of wine in a restaurant for 10 € and foods don´t cost a thing. Why can´t it be like that here in Finland..


We actually won the music quiz and we all had 9 € gift cards. Of course we ordered something to eat but I wasn´t too happy with my tapas snacks plate. First of all, we had to wait our orders 45 minutes even though there was like 5 customers besides us and our orders wasn´t that big orders.. I´m really strict when it comes to good food! 😀

food if you like to call it that

I think we have a great group with great ideas for our next nine meetings!

I will publish my next blog next week when we next meet up for some sauna and ice lake swimming (avanto in finnish)! Stay tuned..