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Oh no… Another sip…

I may say this was the best EOTO to date. I have always enjoyed playing FIFA, I have played it since I can remember. Nicolai told me about the FIFA drinking game he used to play back in Denmark and proposed that we did it as it has always been a lot of fun. We invited the only other friend we had left in Finland as everyone else had left for their respective countries for holiday due to it being summer. All 3 of us had a great time and evidently, the game got harder and harder as the day went along due to a nice amount of alcohol being consumed. The rules of the game are simple, you make a mistake, you drink. Depending on the severity of the mistake, you may have to drink more than one sip!

It is bittersweet to end EOTO. On one part I have enjoyed it and learned more than I thought I would, but on the other hand, as Nicolai mentioned in his vlog, it has been in the back of our minds the whole summer due to how busy we were and as the second year has just started, our schedules will be even more filled.


ROKA Sushi

For out 9th meeting, we went to my favourite restaurant in the whole of Tampere, Roka Sushi. This restaurant is owned by a Spaniard and an Argentinian! The Argentinian used to be a co-worker of mine in Restaurante Salud in the centre of Tampere. I am happy he has finally opened his own place as he did mention it to me the few times we worked together.

The sushi here is marvellous, but not only is the sushi fantastic, it has other dishes such as robata and other meat dishes. People may say it’s pricey, but it is worth every cent.

I ordered my favourite sushi dish and Nicolai ordered a meat dish. I was of course not disappointed with how my food came out and Nicolai was shocked that a place so delicious existed here in Tampere. In addition, I can’t forget that they serve the best miso soup I have ever had the pleasure of tasting and the best part about it is that it is free.

There is a warm and friendly atmosphere at Roka sushi and I would recommend everyone that reads this blog to go and try it out

While we were enjoying our food we decided to learn a bit more Danish and Spanish!

Galaxie Pool

As I am sure everyone is aware, a bunch of exchange students have come to TAMK for this semester. Nicolai and I happen to have two girls in one of our HR courses. A task was for us to get to know each other and chit chat, so we decided to go to a pool bar near the train station in Tampere.

Personally, I found it quite enjoyable as I got to meet two new students which  I will be spending 6 months with and I and Nicolai decided to throw some EOTO action in too. Even though the main point of this event was to socialize with the new students, we did practice some language skills too.

Just for reference, Nicolai is the one crouched next to the blonde girl (Sasha) and I am the guy behind Nicolai. I apologize that we have the same picture, we only took one…. should have taken more.



Nicolai and I volunteered at the academic conferences of EARLI and JURE as part of one of our courses for the Human Resources module. It was an interesting week! I had to be part of a lot of interesting and educational sessions presented by PhD candidates and other researchers. I can’t say the same for Nicolai though, he was unfortunately stuck on cloakroom duty the whole week.

One thing we have in common was that we were Santa’s little helpers. Despite what we were assigned, our main job was giving directions to the participants. We decided that we could do an EOTO meeting out of this and learn how to give directions in our respective languages:

I am quite surprised that I am actually learning and remembering most of the Danish phrases, even though my pronunciation is in my opinion quite poor, I am improving! Looking forward to going to Denmark again soon and see if anything that I learned will come in handy. We managed to do this vlog over our breaks while eating lunch.

Ice Dragon

As we didn’t particularly feel like following our pre-made plan, we were discussing other possibilities. It came out that Nicolai is also a huge Game of Thrones fan and as the new season was starting soon, we thought it a good idea to watch the show at my house. We were thinking of how we can turn this “meeting” into an EOTO blog. Nicolai mentioned we could translate words typically used in GoT into our respective languages. I thought it was quite a good idea and a fun way of learning even more words in Danish.

I am sure we will meet up again to watch the next episode of GoT, but it will most likely not make an EOTO blog as we have already done this one… but you never know!

Nicolai and I thought it would be a great idea to have our 5th meeting about traditions/holidays in Spain/Denmark. We had initially planned on going to Friends and Brgrs for this meeting, but decided that it was in our best interest and comfort to do it at my place.

The Danish traditions that Nicolai talked to me about was that if youre 25 and unmarried, you get cinnamon sprayed all over you! To make it even more outrageous, if you turn 30 and you remain unmarried, well instead of cinnamon, they use pepper! I had never heard of something like this, but seems like they may be a little social pressure to get married in Denmark.

As for Spain, I showed Nicolai some very strong Spanish traditions. One of them is the “Procesiones” during Easter. Where the whole of Spain takes to the streets and march along them for hours and kilometres on end, with huge religious statues and carriages. There is also a marching band specially for this occasion that follows the march. It is normal to hear the band from even kilometres away as the instruments they play are usually composed of drums, trumpets, etc. Interestingly, the participants must wear a type of religious uniform that you will see in the picture below. There is a similar occasion during the Three Kings on the 7th of January, but during this tradition, they throw sweets to the crowds.l,m,m2ndpic

Additionally, I educated Nicolai on one of our other fantastic Spanish tradition – “San Juan”3rd pic

I don’t particularly know the background behind this tradition, but it occurs on the 21st of June. Everyone gathers at a beach and starts a bonfire. I understand that by just simply reading it, it doesn’t seem like an experience, that is why I will post a picture underneath. People of all ages participate in San Juan, it is not solely for youngsters or elders. The crazy thing about this is that it is the day where the hospitals and police are most busy as many people decide to jump over the fire naked, resulting in horrendous burns. Large amounts of alcohol and food are also brought to the beach as people are usually there for 12-24 hours. Barbeques are there and also tents/sleeping bags. I have only done it twice out of the 18 years I lived there, but those to times were fantastic and if anyone in Spain is there during the time, I highly recommend they experience it.

In this photo, you can truly see how big this tradition is as bonfires and people extend as far as the eye can see.

This is what I meant by people jumping over the fires, which often result in horrific burns.4th pic

Overall, Nicolai seemed to be deeply interested in these two traditions. I want him to come to Spain during summer one time when I am there, so we can experience these traditions together and more!

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Both of us thought it would be handy to know full sentences in our respective languages if we were ever to visit each others countries.

Personally, I believe I struggle a bit with the Danish pronounciation, but Nicolai assures me that it isn’t as bad as I perceive it to be. On the other hand, Nicolais Spanish pronunciation is quite amazing, but I must admit, it is not that hard to pronounce Spanish.


I am looking forward to our next EOTO session with Nicolai, I believe we will meet in a café/restaurant next time and our next session will be longer and more interesting!



Thank god for the Internet

For our third meeting, we decided to do it over Discord. Initially, we wanted to do it after our courses, but we both agreed that we would prefer to do it at home.

The topic for this meeting is how slang is used in Denmark and Spain. Spanish language, like other languages in rich in slang words which are mostly used between friends and family.

A few examples are:

A word that you will always hear when going to Spain is “vale”. You can use “vale” to say: sounds good/alright/ok/fine.

Spanish                                                English                                                                  Danish

Vale                                                       Alright/ok/fine                                                  Ok/ I orden

¡Venga, vale!                                     Alright, fine!                                                       Ok, Fint!

Que vá, tío                                          No way, man                                                      Det kan ikke passe

Tío/tía                                                   Bro/Sis (Normally means uncle/auntie)   Makker

¡Venga ya, hombre!                        Come on, man!                                                 Kom nu, mand!

Buenas o ’nas                                    What’s up                                                            Hva så?

Pasta                                                     Money                                                                 Penge

Ven pa’ca                                            Come over here                                                Kom herover

Ser buena gente                               To be a cool guy                                                At være sej/fed

Ser un coñazo                                     To be a pain in the ass                                   At være irriterende

Estar en pelotas                                To be naked                                                      At være nøgen


I particularly enjoyed this meeting. We had fun and Nicolai seemed to be enjoying the way Spanish people say these kinds of things, and his pronunciation is actually spot on! Although for me, it was rather difficult as everyone knows Danish pronunciation is quite a challenge. One little mistake and the word means a completely different thing! Overall, is was an enjoyable experience and we later went to the avanto with a couple friends to get a taste of the Finnish culture! 😀

Cinnamon Buns and White Doves

For our second meeting, Nicolai and I decided to meet in the centre as I was already there due to helping my exchange student with some bank issues.

We had agreed that we would make each other food this time, at Nicolai’s place. When I went to Copenhagen last summer, my friend picked me up from the hotel where I stayed one night and handed me the biggest cinnamon bun (Kanelsnegl!) I had ever seen. I enjoyed every bite and was delighted that Nicolai was going to make some Danish cinnamon buns.

On the other hand, I decided to make him a “Blanca Paloma” (white dove). A sandwich from my favourite place to eat in my hometown. It consists of ciabatta bread, ham, turkey, aioli, mayonnaise, tomato, cheese, lettuce and egg! It’s a nice delicious sandwich that always makes you want more.

Next time we make food; it will be difficult to top it.

First Meeting in SOLU

Our first meeting was conducted in Solu, the building of the student union in TAMK. Students’ favourite place to chill!

As we both mentioned in the preliminary plan, we wanted to start things off with how to greet each other in Spain and Denmark. The way we did it was we first put everything in English and then translated it into our respective languages. Pronunciation in Danish is quite challenging, but I already knew that. On the other hand, Nicolai pronounces Spanish quite well :).

Spanish (Español)                   English (Inglés/Engelsk)                                   Danish (Dansk)

Hola                                            Hello                                                                     Hej

Buenos dias                               Good day                                                             Goddag

Buenos dias                               Good morning                                                    Godmorgen

Buenas tardes                           Good afternoon                                                 God eftermiddag

Buenas tardes                           Good evening                                                     God aften

¿Quieres comer?                     Do you want to eat?                                          Er du sulten?

¿Hola, como estas?                 Hey, how are you?                                             Hey, hvordan har du det?

¿Que tal?                                  How is it going?                                                  Hvordan går det?

Adios                                          Good bye                                                             Farvel

Hasta pronto                            See you soon                                                      Vi ses snart


Nicolai mentioned that meeting and greeting in Denmark is actually quite similar to Spain. I thought that it would have been just a hand shake between both sexes all the time. Funny to learn how most of the greetings in Danish derive from English, so it was quite easy for me to understand them.

Gareth Hunter