17th of May
Time really does fly, and we had our last meeting since I’ll leave on the 21st. First, we each said our take on how the course went, it was nice to know they enjoyed learning about my country’s culture, though it was noted how Portuguese is quite complex to learn in sparse meetings. From my part, I do feel like I managed to expand on what I knew not only about the language but also this country’s culture. A curiosity is how I was usually 5 or 10 minutes late since I failed to account the bus timetable beforehand, and Tiiu usually mentioned she’d probably be late she always arrived earlier. A prime example of stereotypical Finns’ punctuality and southern European tardiness. We talked about our plans for the summer, even delved into how driving schools work in each of our countries, before returning to chatting and noting how we take things a bit for granted in our home countries, like how I visited museums and such while here but back home I don’t really do that because I feel like they won’t go anywhere, much like they haven’t really checked out museums in Tampere. I hope that going back home I am able to keep my explore everything mentality, but for now I’m just really glad to have met Kaisa and Tiiu, it was nice to get to know them and to be in their group for this course.
Our last meeting took a place on 10th of May. It was a happy day to celebrate for Elisa because she has already finished her all classes at the University. Also, we are going to leave Finland soon so it was a nice opportunity to finish our meetings in a chill way. We met in Kulttuuritalo Telakka because there was a Finnish folk-music concert this day. The atmosphere was incredible! Random people were trying their best on the stage. We took a table close to the small stage. The concert wasn’t loud so we could talk properly. There were also playing some movies about folk-music on the big screen on the wall.
We went through a lot of the topics. We moved the theme of climate change, Finnish people, Polish people, behavior, lifestyle, education system and more and more. We shared our feelings about our staying in Tampere and how Finland looks like by our eyes.
I would never learn so many useful things about Finland if I wouldn’t participate in Each One Teach One. It was a great experience for us to meet Finnish family and spend a time with them. To learn their culture, language and habits. Thanks to Elisa we met people from Finland and we could see their point of view. We can say that we know Finland very well!
Hope that we will not lose our contact after we leave Finland and we will keep in touch!
On May 17th we had our last meeting. We decided to grab a bite in Bar Burrito and just enjoy each other’s company for the last time. The food was actually really good, I do recommend the place. The company was even better. This EOTO -course has been quite a journey and the best thing that came out of that is the friendship. I might not be able to speak fluent German, but at least I’ve learned a lot and now have a good basis on which to build. In my opinion that is good enough and I just need to continue studying.
Thank you Amelie, hope to see you soon somewhere 🙂
It was our last meeting, and Maristella’s last night here in Finland and time for us to say goodbye. The next day she was going to Spain for Christmas and new year’s eve. So logically we discussed about her experiences here in Finland and in Europe, and how nice this experience had been for all of us.
She had travelled a lot in Europe while living here in Finland and that was so inspiring for me! It’s funny even we live here close to these cities she visited, we keep them so obvious that we don’t usually travel there, Norway or Iceland for example. We prefer warmer places. I’s definitely inspired to go to Iceland after all she told us.
This experience was great, I got to know so much more about Brazilian and Latin American culture and also something new of Spanish culture. I also was able to improve my English and Spanish skills which were also my goals. However, the best thing was to get to know Maristella. She is such a lovely person, and I learnt a lot from her attitude. I hope me and Ida are going to meet her again someday.
The last meeting was a week before Christmas. So we decided to listen to German Christmas songs, eat Christmas cookies and candies and drink some gluhwein. After listen to few Christmas songs we noticed that quite many were translated to Finnish too. We were listening songs from YouTube so there were music videos with the subtitles. We could easily follow the lyrics. There were a quite lot of words in the songs which no-one uses in real conversations. Theresa told us that it is because the songs are so old or the used forms fits better to the songs.
While eating cookies we talked about Christmas traditions. Some were just the same but there were some totally different. Christmas socks and leaving cookies or a shoe outside were traditions we do not have in Finland or at least not in our family. Weichnachtsmann is Santa Claus but the story behind it was a bit different than our Joulupukki :).
It was time to say goodbye and thank you. I really enjoyed studying German. We had a great teacher, a nice group and interesting lessons. I am happy that I took this course.