Yesterday afternoon our small group had its last meeting. Originally, we wanted to go to the Näsinneula to do something typical for Tampere again. But unfortunately it opens frist on 8 May and we decided to go to Moro sky bar instead.
I hadn’t been there before, so the view over Tampere really flashed me. From above, you get a completely different feeling for the proportions of a city and where things are. For example, I was very surprised how close Lapinkaari (where I live) is to the train station as the crow flies, while Lapinkaari by the lake gives you the feeling of being at the other end of the city. For me, many new connections were made from above where something is located, so I am very glad to have been there once. After we ordered our cocoa and tea, Jasmin explained some basic things about ordering, such as the word “mukaan” for “to go” or the different sizes of a drink (medium-sized = keskikokoinen, small = pieni and big = iso).
Our conversations afterwards were, as always, varied. For example, we talked about work in the summer and also about the bachelor’s thesis in comparison to Finland and Germany. I found it very interesting that, according to Jasmin, the bachelor’s thesis in Finland only consists of literature research and interviews and surveys only come up in the master’s thesis. In Germany, on the other hand, it is quite normal to conduct surveys in the bachelor’s thesis, but it also happens that only literature research is conducted or the bachelor’s thesis is written in a company. Accordingly, the difficulty of the bachelor’s and master’s theses is not so different in Germany, but it is in Finland. We also talked about how different the job opportunities are for a person studying social work in Germany and Finland, since that is what Jasmin is studying. In this context wie also discussed the topic of care and the Youth Welfare Office, which is responsible for supporting families in Germany, but also for foster childs and adoption. Another topic we discussed was the topic of dentists, the costs of dentistry and how different the systems are in this area in Germany and Finland.
After our stay in the bar, we took a short detour together to Lidl and then said goodbye. Jasmin gave us a farewell cake with lingonberries (=puolukka) and wrote us a card, which I was very happy about and I find it very sad that our ten meetings are now over. In this sense, Each One Teach One fully met my expectations. I learned basic terms and concepts for food (like apple = omena, street = katu, sun = aurinko), cooked, baked and tasted typical Finnish things (korvapuusti, makaronilaatikko, munkki, etc.), saw a lot in Tampere (Pispala, Moro Sky Bar, Näsinpusito, etc.), listened to Finnish music, learned a lot about the cultures, reflected more on my own language and above all had a lot of fun! I hope to meet Jasmin and Chiara more often in my life, as I think we had a really great time together!