Yesterday evening we (me, Mutsumi and Tero) visited Cafe Europa. Cafe Europa is a bar offering some foreign drinks/beers, snacks and laid-back atmosphere. They also have a selection on board etc. games that can be played for free (you need to pay 10€ deposit, but you will get it back when you return the game). At first we tried to play a game called Munchkin which is some kind of fantasy card game. However, that game was way too difficult for us to learn in short time so we decided to play High Tower instead. I don’t remember whether that’s the official name of the game or not but you can see what I mean from the pic below.
Unfortunately, I lost in the game so I need to bring snacks for our next session:) But the game itself was a lot of fun.
Our language studies/discussions this time were related to cold winter and trips/travel plans. As so as, Mutsumi visited St. Petersburg on last week and I have also visited there twice this year. I told that on December I’m going with my family to Lanzarote which will be the first long-distance trip abroad for my children (they have already visited Sweden). I also learned a new concept in Japanese language, a verb called deshou which can be used with other verbs and adjectives. This site explains how to use it.
Our plan is to have another gaming session on Thursday because this first one was so much fun!
After 4 months in a foreign country were we have lived through a bunch of new and crazy, fun and sad, mentionable and better not mentioned situations and experiences we finally stepped on one of our last milestones. The last meeting of each one teach one has come. And what place would be better as location as the bar we had met the first time, even before each one teach one began – Ravintola Mallashovi. During our time here in Tampere this bar has become to one of our favorite places in the city. With its charme, calmness, variety of pub games and cheap drinks it had owned the german title “Stammkneipe”.
And so we went there on this Thursday evening. Talking about the time here, playing games and thinking about our meetings we had. For myself it was really astonishing, how fast the time passed from our first meeting at the football game until today. We also came to some conclusions. One of it was that Spanish is definitely easier to learn and teach than German. Not only grammar and vocabulary are quite difficult but pronunciation as well. You also have think of the fact that spoken German differs a lot, depending on the area were you want to travel to and the several dialects are often very hard to understand. I think that´s something, someone who really wants to learn it has to consider. Another point was the documentation of our meetings. I think it would have helped if we had something like an agenda in the beginning of every meeting that somehow could have given a line for us on which we could a bit orientate. On the other side that maybe would have destroyed our free and collaborative working attitude. Last but not least some words to the planning of the meetings. I guess we all have made the experience that especially in the end of the semester the time for the meetings got less and less. Since everyone was much clamped to his tasks, exams and presentations for university. The arrangement of the last meetings we had was always kind of stressful because it was hard to figure out a good date. So as a conclusion of that we would say, it would have been better if we had started earlier and much more frequent. Netherless we managend it and brought it to an appropriate end. The rest of the evening we spent playing darts – a game that can get very dangerous if you play it with Oscar 😀 (insider joke) and also one game that we all will miss very much cause we don´t have it in Germany – Tablecurling.
So that was my each one teach one experience. And as difficult it is for an author to find a good ending line for his book it is difficult for me to find one for this blog. I just want to thank the whole each one teach one – team because you make it possible for us to get these extraordinary experience. And I also want to thank my team, which in this time here became my friends. I will miss you all guys and I really hope to see you again!
“The world is a book and those who do not travel , only read a single page of it .”