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EOTO Part V: Austrian-Spanish-German meeting

Yesterday we had our last meeting. Since we already made our triggers and have talked a lot about our countries and cultures, we just met to hang out and tried to include some sentences in the foreign language in our discussions. Therefore, we met at a pizza restaurant and had dinner together and evaluated our meetings. To summarize our learning outcome, I learned and refreshed the basic small talk sentences in Spain and got an insight into the Spanish culture and also in their politics. But the most important thing is that I met two really nice people and I guess that we had a great time learning together.

EOTO Part IV: Austrian-Spanish-German meeting

Today we met at the Tamko Solu and joined the Tamko EOTO Pre-Christmas Party. First of all, we baked some Finnish Christmas delicacies and drunk Glögi. In addition, we brought some snacks and shared them with the other groups. While baking and eating, we got in contact with the other groups and listened to their stories and learned about further cultures.

After some time, we appreciated again the Finnish culture and went to Sauna and listened to Christmas Songs. All in all, it was a nice afternoon with a lot of different impressions about different cultures and their Christmas traditions and a lot of fun.

EOTO Part III: Austrian-Spanish-German meeting

Since there have been recently elections in Spain, we decided to talk about politics in this meeting. Therefore, we met at Zarillo’s and had dinner together. I learned about the Spanish parties and the importance of certain parties in order to form a government in Spain as well as I get a deeper understanding of the political difficulties and problems, which Spain has to face nowadays.

After the political discussion, we watched the match of the European qualifiers between Finland and Lichtenstein and joined the public viewing at Keskustori and celebrated the qualification for the European championship 2020 of Finland with the finish people and enjoyed the atmosphere.

Second Meeting AT-DE-ES

Second Meeting AT-DE-ES

The second meeting was again a food preparing session. This time we baked an original Austrian Apfelstrudel at Janas place. To improve not only our cooking skills but also our language skills and our feeling for language, everyone of us presented typical music of their nations and we taught each other the lyrics and their translations. Since we have different Spanish speaking levels we also tried to teach Jana the basics to start a small talk conversation.

In this meeting I also refreshed some vocabulary basics and had a nice lunch. Because I had to leave a bit earlier to play football, I agreed with Guillermo to continue the session in the evening while cooking paella, where we met some other Spanish people and ate with them. Now we are able to name some furniture.

At the next meeting we will start with the triggers.

First Meeting of our Spanish, Austrian and German Group

Our first Each one teach one meeting was a success. We met at Guillermos place to cook together. At the begin we just tried to get to know each other and talked in English. After a small introduction with the first Spanish/German phrases, we started cooking. We made a Spanish Omelette and German Frikadellen. While we prepared the typical dishes we had a lot of fun and taught each other the names of the ingredients. The best part of the meeting was the tasting. For that, a Peruvian and Hungarian girl joint us and we experienced some differences between proper Spanish and South American Spanish.

In conclusion I can say that I learnt how to cook a Spanish Omelette and refreshed some vocabulary at this meeting. But the most important thing is, that I met really nice people, with whom it will be a pleasure to meet more often!