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It`s party time

Topic for the seventh meeting was differences between Finnish and Spanish ways to celebrate.

In Finland is common that when you are young —> your parents organize your birthday parties and all your classmates come to celebrate you to your house. After elementary school, parents are not so ambitious to organize those anymore.

In Spain things are pretty different. When girl turns 15 —> her parents spent a lot of money to organize her birthday parties. There is two ways to do it:

  1. Parties abroad for few friends
  2. Huge parties for 50 to 100 people

More common way is to organize big parties. One show is dancing. There is a rule that dad and daughter dance first and after that other guys can dance with the girl. Other custom is to buy 15 candles for a girl. She gives all those candles to her most important people when they eat birthday cake. Sometimes there is fights when someone doesn`t get a candle (better to choose wisely).

Here is our own party picture for you 😉

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-Minttu <3

 

 

 

 

EPISODE 5: Viva la noche!

EPISODE 5: Viva la noche!

There are two things that come immediately to a foreigner mind when you say the word Spain. Football and Party. As we didn’t know much about football we decided to talk about party and nightlife. At the beginning we just showed each other a few clubs, where are them and what can you expect of them. But, suddenly when we started to talk about our favourite places memories came to our minds. Epic stories about how friends danced over the tables of a bar, how Sánchez was flirting with the hottest girl that night or just the conversations that we had about how tasty is the Mahou/Estrella Damm invaded our Each One Teach One session.

After an hour of epic stories we find out that there are two kinds of parties and of course different options in each group. So that we made a list of the most important places depending on the kind of party you want to have:

Catalonia (Barcelona)
Mainstream places: Port olimpic (OPIUM) + Razzmataz
Alternative places: Pubs in Gracia (a neighborhood) + Fabrica moritz.

Madrid
Mainstream places: Tartufo + Serrano 41
Alternative places: Pubs in Malasaña + Matadero de Madrid

In both of the cities the party is quite the same. The most popular places are big discos where music is louder than your mother’s shout when you have to tidy up your room and the alternative places are always related with some kind of artsy and hipster ambiance. But what we realized is that the main point wasn’t the place, it is the people.

Learn where are the best places in Barcelona was easy, and teaching Pablo where are the most hipster places was easier than stealing a lollipop to a baby. It seems that Pablo, as a hipster himself, has a special talent to find this places.

 

Meeting #7: MIAMI – We are coming!

Today wasn´t the first party we were going together, since we all made very good friends in the time we have been to Finland so far, but it was the first time we did it with some kind of educational purpose. As usual we started with some pre drinking and playing some beerpong, before we head to Miami club.

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So our educational aim today was it to talk a bit more about ordering different drinks and do little smalltalks… Maybe also to learn some simple pickup lines 😀 We had a really great time, laughed and also drank a lot.

For everyone who wants to know some more about famous Mexican drinks, here is a little list:

Tequila – the most famous liquor

Tequila Sunrise – 8 cl Tequila / 8 Ice cubes / 5 cl Grenadine syrup / some fresh citron juice / 20 cl Orange juice

Michelada – Beer mix with lime and tabasco, famous as hangover killer

Cervezas – Mexican beer, most famous ones are Corona, Sol and Dos Equis

La primera reunión y la noche mexicana

Our Spanish group consisting of ten people from five different countries – Finland, México, Germany, South Korea and Malaysia – kickstarted our first official meeting at Coffee House near Keskustori last Friday. We introduced ourselves, discussed about our EOTO plans and got to know a little bit more about each other’s countries. We have three languages as main learning goals: Spanish, Finnish and German.

Therefore, as part of our Spanish learning process, Paola and Sofia invited us to celebrate México’s Independence Day together on the follwing Tuesday (15.9.2015).

La Noche Mexicana

Despite the rainy weather, our group gathered with 20-30 others  (perhaps even more?) at one of Lukonmäki’s grilling place to enjoy delicious Mexican dishes, listen to Spanish songs and get to know new people. I have also learnt some clapping games, e.g. Choco Latte (which our Korean member, Sohee, is really good at) and a game that has to do with sailors and sea (which I would like to learn the words from Paola or Sofia). In addition to that, now I can also do “Piedra, papel o tijera!” with my Spanish-speaking friends in the future.

Besides that, I was told that during their Independence Day, Mexicans dance-sing-drink-party and shout “¡Viva México Cabrones!” as part of the celebration. And cabrones, I have learnt, is a term/slang that could be used in either a positive or negative way.

All in all, it was great party, as we get to see and meet people from different nationalities coming together to celebrate an important day for our Mexican friends. ¡Muchas gracias, Paola y Sofia!

Blog post and illustration by: Chrystal Giam, 13Media

#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 ♥