We went to the city center to enjoy the fireworks on Friday(26.10.2018) and That was the first time I saw too many persons in Tampere…I was so shocked.
Unfortunately,I was late for the show.There were some singers sang the songs before the fireworks but I didn’t have the chance to enjoy the songs.It also took me a long time to find my friends in the crowded. I had to say the fireworks were so beautiful!This also the first time I saw fireworks in Finland….an unforgettable memory!
It also took us a lot time to find Jenny and her friends in the crowded .After the fireworks,we hang around the city to have a sightseeing of interesting lights which were near the place of fireworks.We also went to the building of Finlayson and a cinema…I really want to watch a movie in it and eat the popcorn,but maybe the ticket is a little expensive.
We also arranged the next time we meet, see my friends next Wednesday:)
This time we enjoyed our time at the Tampere Festival of Lights. I had trouble of finding them since there were so much people! There were music, light art and some fireworks! Li and Cui had their usual gang with them (Sisi and Huang).
It was very nice event even thought stage was little small and quite far away. Pete Parkkonen sung very nice love songs. Firework was amazing and more prettier than our Independence day celebrations. They said they liked it very much.
After event we walked around the city admiring lights of the city that were now lit. Because it was already so late, not many places were open. We talked about the purpose of the Light Festival, little bit of local history and just general stuff.
We ended up going to Plevna Cinema to warm up and decided our next meeting date.
(Picture is from Valoviikot facebook page, I forgot to take fotos :<)
For our 9th meeting we decided to go to see fireworks to the centrum in 6th of December and talk about the history of Finland whereas relevant to the theme of independence.
Before meeting Fruzsi and Boti I had to think what to tell and how, because I knew that I would need to talk about such events as getting independence from Soviet Union in 1917, ending up to a civil war in 1918, defending the independence first in Winter War in years 1939-1940 and then in Continuation War in years 1941-1944. However, I found this topic a rather political – as those times in Europe were rather confusing by all means – so, I started to feel a bit hesitant to talk about any of this not to say anything wrong or be one-sided. Luckily my friend wanted to share his experiences of his military service, so there was at least something to teach.
History was one of my favorite subjects in primary school. However, for me as a teacher the biggest learning outcome this time was probably realizing that even if I’m a Finn, I don’t remember the history of my own country. I remember events mentioned above roughly, but not in detail. I found myself thinking what happened, but especially why it happened and what would be a neutral way to talk about it.