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Finnish-German 1st meeting: Waffles, traffic and festivities

For our first meeting place we chose the famous waffle cafe called Tampereen vohvelikahvila. It was really nice to start the day with some delicious waffles and getting to know each other. It was really nice and easy to discuss  with Chiara, Meike and Sofia and I feel like we covered many different topics, such as Finnish candies, drinking habits in Finland and Germany and the traffic jams that can be pretty annoying in, for example, Munich. I learned that getting driver’s licence is quite different in Germany because you have this “trial period” when you must avoid getting any “points”. You get points if you, for instance, get a speeding ticket or drive under the influence. You can also get points from running red lights on bike, which was quite surprising to me.

Additionally, we discussed Finnish vappu and Juhannus (mid-summer) and German Karneval a bit. I learned that many people in Germany are having a lent before Easter but not everyone is doing it for religious reasons. Some people might just want to challenge themselves and see if they can live 40 days without, for example, meat or sweets. My groupmates told me that “Aschermittwoch” is the day that starts the lent.

We were discussing mainly in English but I also taught my groupmates some words (like lake=järvi) in Finnish. I also learned from them when they didn’t know the English equivalent to some German word and ended up explaining it to me, which was really interesting ^^ I hope that next time I will feel more confident in speaking German, too. Regardless, I really enjoyed our meeting and I’m already looking forward to Monday!


Our meeting has done so good! You can stay closer with the culture if you try it “inside”. I study Finnish in my class but language of traditional things open more for us.

Ranja is my guide in the cultural finnish world. In our 6th meeting we spoke a lot about education, jobs, travellings and so on. This isn’t so simple retell about every parts. But if tell in common it was nice.

At the beginning my study when I’ve gone to Tampere I wanna eat black sausages. And we wanted to try almost every time for the our meeting. And we have done it!

Tammelantori is the quiet place for local residents. There was people of all ages and families. In my opinion, this place is fine for weekend times and free time. You can explore the local outdoor living.


And the interesting links are below 😉

http://www.helsinkitimes.fi/eat-and-drink/4311-the-black-sausage-is-the-pride-of tampere

The Moomin Museum

I and Ranja have done our fifth meeting. There was in Moomin Museum and I found book about story of Moomins and can know more information about it. So Ranja have took her children. It added a lot of fun because it’s so cool see how children and adult smile together for simple things. That was so amazing before I didn’t know much stories. I was noticing that the Museum very modern there is a lot of hand made by Tove Jansson. Also we’ve listened Moomi stories twice – first Finnish and after that Russian. Unfortunately in the Museum illegal take photos but I saved my tickets from there. It was so good meeting.



After intense learning, we decided to do some relaxing topic related to facts and fun facts about 2 cultures: German and Finnish.

Here are the lists of facts that we discussed so far:

1, German culture:

  • In German, “thanks” means no. If someone asks you “Would you like a drink?” and you say “Danke”. That actually means “No, thank you.” But if you say, “Bitte” or “Please,” that means yes. So, to recap: “Thanks” means no thanks, and “please” means no. Wish I had known this before my trip to Germany 🙁
  • The middle finger is ILLEGAL. A driver can even report your license plate if they see you throwing up the one-finger salute, resulting in a lovely police letter and a fine.
  • Drinking alcohol in public is illegal.
  • October festival does not start on October.
  • On the first day of first grade, every child gets a giant cone filled with toys and candy.
  • People do not sing the whole national anthem.
  • People from the north will not understand people from the south fully due to dialects.
  • Other countries speak German as well.
  • Different names of same food in different parts of Germany.

2, Finnish culture:

  • There are more saunas than whole national population.
  • Finns love coffee.
  • People have to wave hands for the bus to stop.
  • Avanto-ice diving is very popular.
  • Skiing, ski, iceskating, snowboarding and icefishing are popular hobbies in winter.
  • Personal space: 1 meter from each other please!
  • It gets colder up north.