Meeting on October 7th, 2020
Niina suggested having our first meeting at the Espresso House Ratina which I think was a pretty nice idea (with huge consumption consequences, but more about that later 😂).
First things first: As I was quite new in Tampere at that point in time, I must admit I had problems finding the café. I did not know there are two buildings that belong to Kauppakeskus Ratina which was the reason I spent a significant amount of time in the wrong one asking Niina via WhatsApp for directions. Fortunately, I was able to find them (Niina came together with her sister) after I went through various furniture stores and probably illegally crossed a construction area :D.
We three are all Media and Arts students here in Tampere why we of course immediately had many topics to talk about. It was very fun and interesting getting to know them and time indeed flew by. We talked about our school paths, where we lived before and then started with some basic vocabulary in each other’s languages. Hei, Kiitos and Perkele! were probably the most valuable outcomes of this very first meeting for me. At first glance, it seems easier for me to learn Finnish than learning Russian because we share a very similar alphabet and pronunciation is also easier. Furthermore, both languages share the quality of building extraordinary long word constructions like Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz which is an official German word for the “Beef Labeling Supervision Task Transfer Act”.
But back to my introduction topic. October 7th was the first day I have drunk coffee for a couple of years. I never used to be that kind of “coffee drinking person”. Today, one and a half months later, I am taking the precipitous road to addiction and I am not ashamed 😂 But honestly: I began to truly enjoy the Finnish kahvi culture and really do not want to miss it anymore.