This meeting was our last one, and Michelle was soon in a plane going home. We wanted to check how the EOTO spring party was, but unfortunately we got there too late, and the Olympics had already gone by. Also, most of the snacks was eaten so we decided to take a bus to the city centre to grab something to eat.
We both felt like fish and chips so we went to Aussiebar in Hämeenkatu. It was re-opened only few weeks ago and I had not been there since their relocation. We spent there hours, talking about everything. I’m going to be an international tutor this autumn so I asked Michelle if she had any tips for me. She told me that I should inform my exchange student about the TAMKO card before arriving to Finland, since it’s easy to apply it online. Also, she mentioned that there are warm clothes to be loaned from the social counsellor’s office.
We also talked about Michelle’s exchange experience. I asked her what she is going to miss about Finland and the answer was easy: Carelian pies with egg ‘n’ butter. What she will definitely not miss was the weather. Since we live in the Nordic countries, the climate is colder and it feels like summer never comes. Michelle felt like it was still winter as for me it was spring. It was interesting to see how the cultural background influences one’s mindset about seasons.
We had a very nice EOTO experience and we got to know each other well. The last meeting was pleasant and we bid farewell to each other with a warm hug.