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Our final meeting

Hi!

Our tenth (and unfortunately the last) meeting was only two days before Kurumi left from Tampere. We decided to go to Pyynikki’s sightseeing tower. We spent nice time in cafe and we enjoyed drinks and Pyynikki’s famous doughnuts.

That meeting was different from our previous meetings because at this time we hadn’t planned anything special for our meeting. But as our conversation flew I learnt that I can alwayl learn different things from the other countries and cultures and teach something about my country and culture. We talked for example Kurumi’s experiences during her exchange student year in Finland. She told which has been her favorite places and experiences in Finland. That helped me because now I know which places I should recommend for other exchange students in the future.

We also talked how did our course has went as a big picture. We really didn’t made to make all things I planned before course but I think I have learnt a lot of things of Japanese language and culture. Now I can speak a little Japanese and I can cook some Japanese foods all by myself. I know also many things of Japanese music culture, festivals and movies. I also taught many things of Finnish language and culture. As I taught I hope my poor English improved even a little (but I’m still fighting with it).

As we all were quite busy, we didn’t make to finish our course during one semester. It took a whole academic year. But I am very happy that I took part in this course. This has been one of my favorite courses in a university of applied sciences because studying experience has been totally different from the other courses.

The 10th meeting: Turtola Citymarket bakery

For the final meeting, we chose the small bakery cafe at Turtola Citymarket. It is one of the few such places that is near to both our homes, and I had long been curious about it. Unfortunately, it closes early, so  because of our schedules we were left with just enough time for our meeting. But the huge plus was the delicious “bun of the day”, so I will definitely keep this place in mind for the future.

As usual, we spent a very pleasant time talking to each other, this time about “Harry Potter”. Just one topic – because Ida came very excited about having bought tickets for the play in London… for next summer! So, as we are both fond of fantasy and have both read “Harry Potter”, it was a very mutually inteersting conversation.

It was, however, in Swedish, which at times made things a bit complicated for me. On the other hand, Ida did not use many magical terms, and, according to her, the names in the Swedish translation are closer to the original ones anyway than in the Finnish translation.

Ida has read those books in English, Swedish and some in Finnish. I read them in Russian and English, and only bits in Swedish. However, I did understand what she was saying, even if she had to repeat it from time to time 🙂

So, that was the end – as Ida is going away for the summer. I hope we do keep in touch somehow, though. It has been really nice to get to know her 🙂

12/12/2016 – 10th meeting Hungarian/French

The last meeting, unfortunately!

We went to the café called ‘Olympia’ for our last meeting, close to Pinja :/ We didn’t really talk about a special topic but more about our personal life and differents subjects. Just as really good friends. In fact, thanks to Each One Teach One course, I have meet Tamas and Rebeka and they are so nice! We have become really closed after four months.

Tamas and Rebeka are unique. With them, I had the chance to discover a new country, Hungary. They explained everything about it.

At the end of the meeting, Rebeka told me that she will go in Erasmus in February in France. And I also told them that I have find an internship in Budapest, Hungary! So it is not the end of our friendship 😀 I hope that I will see Tamas and Rebeka in Budapest before that Rebeka leaves Hungary.

Thank you guys, it was such a great time with you ! <3

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#10 – Last meeting and Pre-Christmas Party

We’re nearing Christmas, holidays and me leaving Finland.

For our last meeting I invited my students Kaisa and Maija to my own place for having a small Christmas party 🙂 I still have some German Christmas candies, cookies and cakes from my visiting friends so I let them try out these snacks.

As a special treat, I had Glühwein from Germany. It’s flavoured red wine and super typical for Christmas in Germany, they sell it in every store/supermarket during Christmas season and at every Christmas market. It has to be heaten up in a pot since you only drink it warm ;D

While sitting around in the living room of my apartment we were listening to German Christmas songs, read the lyrics, sang along and talked about the meanings. Christmas songs have a wonderfully cozy touch to them, so we had a very relaxing evening with some sweets, wine and good music.

Here you can listen to a nice mix of the most popular German Christmas songs 🙂

>>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hf_-e9EWPjI

As a little Christmas gift I baked some cookies for Maija and Kaisa like I did for all my exchange study friends, the whole load looked like this 😀

When I asked for feedback they said that all in all, they were able to refresh and expand their German language very well and in a very funny way, which makes me feel glad that I was able to help them out. EOTO was a really new but positive experience to me. I am glad that I chose this course, EOTO is about more than just learning or teaching languages, it’s something that made my stay abroad more valuable.

I even received Christmas presents from my students, thanks a lot, Maija and Kaisa for the chocolate, it was sooo good! ♥ It was very, very fun with you, I could do it again any time! To have all the meetings, to talk and laugh about the German and Finnish language and just to hang out, talk with you about life and universty and walk around in Tampere. It has been a pleasure! I wish you all the best, let’s keep in touch! 😀

With this entry I want to finish my EOTO blogs, hope you enjoyed it, kiitos for reading! Hope we see each other again sometime, somewhere! 🙂

~~~ Theresa ♥