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Cooking estonian food!

On Sunday we got together at my language partners place. I decided to cook something that has been my childhood favourite dish – buckwheat and cottage cheese. I also brought some Estonian chocolate with kama and found that Prisma sells an Estonian based kohuke  (curd snack). During cooking we exchanged some famous songs from each of our countries.

Hearing my language partner and his flatmates speak German to me was very exciting, since I haven’t practised it for ages. I was surprised at how much I understood, even though sometimes the meaning of the texts arrived to me a bit late. I was too scared to answer in German myself this time. I could tell that my accent would be horrible. However, I have decided to at least try and speak German on our next meet-up.

To my language partner I taught the Estonian names of the food we had (tatar, kohuke, kama). However mainly we talked about our culture differences and some common grounds. We even managed to slightly cover such topics as politics and religion. I got to ask questions about some things my German teacher in school had taught and to check their accuracy. Listening to our countries songs anyway, I got a chance to also introduce my country’s anthem and translate it. I also introduced a massive event – Estonia’s Song Festival, which has held a special place in the hearts of Estonians and also touched the hearts of some foreigners.

I definitely learnt to be more confident in my German skills and step out of my comfort zone. I also thoroughly enjoyed listening to the uniquenesses of Germans and their culture.


This picture depicts the Estonian curd snack called kohuke. 
(The picture is taken from flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/anuwintschalek/8553573899) 

Making some Tacos dorados.

As It has been stated before, We truly love food. So this time I brought the ingredients to make some “Tacos Dorados” at Maria’s place. I bought “Mazeca” a brand of corn flour used to make “Tortillas”, Lettuce, cheesee, chicken breasts, cream and Potatoes.

First I show Jacqueline, Maria and Nedas how to prepare the dough. Latter, we form medium size balls with the dough, just big enough to get a tortilla out of them. The process is simple, in Mexico we use a metallic press that squishes the doug, but here we had to improvise.

We use instead a plastic bag and common plate, with the bottom part of the plate we push the balls down until we got a round shape. Later, I show them how to cook  the tortillas on the pan.

While we cook the tortillas, We boil on the side, some potatoes and chicken, later on Nedas, Jacky and Maria help me peal and mash the potatoes and pull the chicken.

The next step was putting the mash potatoes and pulled chicken into the cooked tortillas, roll them and deep fried them in oil.

At the end when we got to serve the food we decorated the tacos with the cream, the cheese and the lettuce. (One mistake I made was forgetting the salsa.) But in the end, it is the best recreation of the dish we could have made by ourselves with the ingredients I found here in Finland.

I believe that they  enjoy the tacos a lot, they even got a little bit creative and started mixing the chicken with the mash potatoes. While we cook, I show them some of my favourite tunes in spanish. It was a nice evening, and I hope that in the future they try to recreate the recipe by themselves back in their countries.



We love food, sorry. “Bavarian evening at @TAMK

This time Jacqueline invited us to an event she was hosting with some other German girls at the Catering Studio. This time the girls didn’t prepared the dishes but another student from TAMK did. They had a menu on the wall and although I wanted to tried the “Schnitzel” I went with the salad “Kartoffelsalat” once more. We spend the evening talking about our plans for Christmas and when did we planned to go back to our countries.

Futhermore, we meet with some Maria and Jacqueline friends that we met on Oktoberfest and we learn how to play a German game called “Kniffel”. the point of the game was to collect the same numbers or a set of combination similar to the ones in Poker.

You could only roll the dice 3 times and you can keep the ones you thing are good enough to score a good combination.

  We also had the opportunity to see Jacky with her “Dirndl” on, this attire is mostly use in celebrations in Germany  or big gatherings like Oktoberfest.

Billiard at Mallashovi.

This evening was a bit out of the blue but, we manage to reunite at Mallashovi. One of the most famous bars among students and sport fans. We came up with a way of practicing the numbers and colours in Spanish and German. While we played we asked to the other team what was the colour or the number in German or Spanish. and so we had a fun evening and we learn and practice the vocabulary.

Spanish English German
azul blue blau
blanco white weiß
marrón brown braun
naranja orange orange
amarillo yellow gelb
rojo red rot
verde green grün
negro black schwarz

I already knew before hand the numbers from 1 to 10 but on this evening I practice some new numbers:


Spanish German
once 11 elf
doce 12 swölf
trece 13 dreizehn
catorce 14 vierzehn
quince 15 fünfzehn
diez  y seis 16 sechzehn
diez y siete 17 siebzehn
diez y ocho 18 achtzehn
diez y nueve 19 neunzehn
veinte 20 swanzig


German food and Next level UNO.

After a long week of vacations, we gathered at Jacqueline’s place to try some German dishes. I arrive with Nedas at the given time. Maria was already there helping Jacqueline. Jacqueline’s roommates were also there. The first thing we tried out was the “Apfelsaftschorle”, I was told by Jacqueline that this is really common amongst Germans, they even water down wine with mineral water!

We were presented with the first dish ““Kartoffelsuppe.” It is a potage with a salty taste. The ingredients on the soup were:




bay leaves


vegetable broth.



I loved the dish even though it was a bit salty for my taste.

The second and third dish we tried out was “Maultaschen mit Kartoffelsalat” which was a basically a salad with the added potatoes, but my favourite dish was the “Maultaschen”  which was really similar to ravioli, but instead of the cheesy filling, they had a sort of ground meat filling. (If I can buy them somewhere around the airport in Munich on my way home I probably will.)

At this point of the meeting we were pretty full, but we power trough another dish and dessert. the last main dish we had was called “Kässpätzle”. This dish had pasta with a lot of cheese, some onions and it was cook on a pan. It was majestic, I truly love all of the dishes.

At the very end, we spend some time having fun. We played some UNO and we ate German chocolates. I learned that Ferrero is a German company that makes this chocolates called Duplo, they ressemble a similar brand that we have back in Mexico but with a different name.

Prost! Meeting at OKTOBERFEST!

Jacqueline, Maria, Nedas and I discussed the possibility of preparing german food for one of our upcoming meetings, but before that a really important festival in Germany was coming to Tampere, OKTOBER FEST, and we just couldn’t miss it. We decided that our 5th meeting would take place at Pleuvna, the bar that organized this event.

We met at around 7 pm at  Plevna.  When I arrived I noticed that the place was packed. I made my way to our table where I got to speak and drink with people from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. As for our group, we all drank a jar of beer, I order a traditional German Pretzel and Maria and Jacky order some traditional german dishes (which were not exactly accurate according to Maria),  and we spend the rest of the evening chatting and having fun!

During our meeting we could hear some traditional Folk music played by a live band, I could see that this music brought everyone together, since every single person from a german speaking country was singing along to the lyrics of some of the tunes.

Jacqueline also gave me some insight into the garments that are used by women during Oktoberfest:

This dresses are called dirndl, the marital status of the women wearing it is indicated by the position of the ribbon.

On the right side it means that the woman is taken, on the left side it means single, in the middle it shows she’s a virgin, and on the back it means she is a widow.

Over all it was a fun evening. Now I can cross “Drinking beer with germans” from my bucket list.

Meeting número 4, Ich fühle mich glücklich!

On our fourth meeting we met at Kaffila Café, this time all of us arrived at the same time. We got down to the nitty-gritty  and we began our mutual teaching. This time we discussed and practiced some adjectives that are basic for the description of a person and some adjectives for feelings. This are some of the words and phrases we saw.

Das Aussehen.

English Spanish


Tall groß
Small klein
Old alt
Young jung
Handsome hübsch /schön
Ugly hässlich
Sporty sportlich
Dark dunkel
Light hell

Mein papa ist klein, alt und fett. That is how I would describe my own father.



Inglés Alemán
Feliz glücklich
enojado sauer
Canzado müde
Hambriento Hungrig
Exhausto erschöpft
emocionado aufgeregt
Celoso eifersüchtig

After our lesson we discussed our next reunion, this time  we were prepared for a German inmersion into their culture, so we choose a great activity, we were going to go to October Fest…

#10 [Greek/German] Good old times..


It was time to finish this Erasmus, this course and the time in Tampere. Today we didn’t set any plan what to talk about. We just started and said what we were thinking.


We had a lot good experiences in this Erasmus. Starting with the Rauhaniemi Sauna in January. It was the first time we went to a Sauna and then jumped into the frozen lake, such an awesome time. Then we went to our first Ice Hockey match, which was Tappara against Ilves and Tappara won. From this day on we were huge fans and even bought some fan-merch. We participated in some activities from ESN, for example downhill sledging and bubble football. In general, January was the month when Eva and me became friends and decided to do each one teach one together. I learned a lot greek expressions in this month because 5 of my best friends were from Greece.


In February, we did our first trip together. We went on a cruise to Stockholm and back, all of this in one weekend. We continued talking about our personal life back home and the culture of our countries. We never posted anything about this because it seemed too informal for this project, so we met for official meetings.


On our second trip together to a cottage, I taught Eva how to play the guitar and she told me some card games. We went on a 3 hour hike through the Finnish nature and told each other how warm it is in our home countries, while it was snowing on our walk. I learned that Greece can get up to 40 degrees in summer and March was the month when I decided for sure to go to Greece in summer – even though I just got the information about the 40 degrees.


April started with random cats in a café and we found out how much we both loved animals. I myself have a cat back home and it seemed that Eva will get a dog from one of her friends when she comes back home. We spent Easter together and I saw all my Greek friends going to the church on this day, and even though I am not religious at all, I liked the idea of getting together in this way. My friends came to visit me this weekend and we did a roadtrip together to Turku and Helsinki. We had lots of fun and Eva told me and my friends some stories from back home while we were cooking something traditional together. Just kidding – we made pasta and afterwards an additional pizza. In the end of this month, we experienced the opening of särkäniemi park with hundreds of drunk students. In my opinion, riding rollercoasters together bonds you even more, because you have such extreme emotions during the ride.


Then the last and saddest month of all came – May. It started with a Finnish tradition, the Vappu. And while sitting on the grass and watching Finnish students getting dipped into the river, we talked about traditions from our home countries and the different festivals and events we have. In the end we experienced Tampere to the fullest. We went to an abandoned factory, walked through Pispala and had – what I would call – a super Sunday. We started with kayaking on one of the lakes in Tampere, then did a Sauna in Kaupinoja and to finish the day, we did a bonfire near the lake and stayed there until the sun rose again.

We experienced so much together and talked about a lot, that we can’t post here on this blog because it would take too much time. In general it can be said that this Erasmus is an awesome experience and changes you a lot as a person. First you learn so much about different cultures and you just see the persons and the nationality doesn’t matter, because all the people experience the same awesome stuff. Then you learn so many new words – mostly just insults, but sometimes even handy stuff – and your English improves a lot. But most important, you get so many new friends from all over the world and you now have the possibility to visit so many different countries and be sure to always have someone to rely on wherever you go.

Even though, this meeting today was not an official one and we just talked about experiences, I learned a lot. But now is the moment to say goodbye. No, that’s wrong. The right expression is: See you!


#9 [Greek/German] Movie night!

Geia su!

Today we decided to have a relaxing meeting. We met at home and started my Netflix account – no product placement – and looked for an interesting movie. As we are both Disney fans and haven’t seen this one, we started watching MOANA.

To describe it shortly – it is a computer animated movie and is described as a mythic adventure set around 2000 years ago and across a series of islands in the south pacific. The film follows the journey of a spirited teenager named Moana as she embarks on a quest across the Pacific Ocean to save her people.


Sometimes who we wish we were, what we wish we could do, is just not meant to be…
~Sina from Moana the movie


Out of pure joy, we decided to watch it in Greek with German subtitles. And luckily, we understood the movie! It was an interesting experience, to hear it in a language I can’t really understand, but see the text and being able to understand it.

In general the movie is a lot about family and it is also the first Disney princess (after Frozen) to not just wanting to find her prince in the end and live happily ever after. Even though the story is not really realistic, the idea is finally something new and people get to see, that there is more purpose in live than just finding a partner and die together. As I said, the movie states family as the most important part and Moana tries to save her friends and family, so after watching it, we drifted apart and talked about our families.

Eva told me about her big family with over 40 people and how often they gather together and meet. I found it very nice but I can see a big difference to my family. Usually we just see everyone if there is something big happening, a birthday, Christmas or Easter. Then the whole family meets, but it seems that Greek people meet the whole family in a big event once per month and eat a lot. It’s an awesome tradition and shows how different the cultures are, when it comes to family. For my opinion, most of the southern countries have a way deeper bond to their relatives and see family as the priority number one. I don’t want to say, it’s not like this in Germany. It is just different how we deal with this topic. We usually try to get independent very early from our parents and start building up our own family with children and wife/husband, while it seems that southern countries try to stay with their parents as long as they have the chance for it.

This all are just assumptions, I don’t have any proof for it. I talked to a lot of people during my Erasmus in Finland and that’s the picture I got from it.

Anyway, I think we all agree that Family and Friends are the most important things in our live and we should always appreciate them and be thankful for having them in our lives!

Keep updated and Greetings,

#8 [Greek/German] Home sweet Home

HEY and Geia su!

We were strolling around Tampere today and talking about that we really like that it is not too big and not too small. But it is still modern and has much nature. In our time here, we really started appreciating this city, even though I didn’t like it in the beginning at all. But maybe it’s just because of the bad weather in January. Now that it’s spring, the sun comes out and Tampere shows it’s best sides. We were for example seeing the most beautiful sunsets here.


As we were getting melancholic, we started to talk about our homes. I told Eva the history of the Oktoberfest, the famous beer festival in Munich every year and also about some crazy king we once had. For my opinion, her story was way more interesting. It was about the Gods of the Greek mythology.


The twelve gods of Olympus were the most famous and powerful gods in Greek mythology. They were known to live at mountain Olympus and drinking divine wine, while they were observing people from above. Every god had a symbol:


Zeus (Δίας) overthrew his Father Cronus and then drew lots with his brothers Poseidon and Hades. Zeus won the draw and became the supreme ruler of the gods. He is lord of the sky, and the rain. His weapon is a thunderbolt, which he hurls at those who displease him. He is married to Hera but is famous for his many affairs. He is also known as the god that punishes those that lie or break oaths.

Hera  (Ήρα) is Zeus wife and sister. The Titans Ocean and Tethys raised her. She is the protector of marriage and takes special care of married women. Hera’s marriage was founded in strife with Zeus and continued in strife. Zeus courted her unsuccessfully. Then he changed himself into dishevelled cuckoo. Hera feeling sorry for the bird held it to her breast to warm it. Zeus then transformed in his normal form and took advantage of the opportunity he gained, and raped her. Then she married him to cover her shame. Zeus was being particularly overbearing to the other gods and Hera convinced them to join in a revolt. Her part in the revolt was to drug Zeus, and when she managed that, the gods bound the sleeping Zeus to a couch, noticing to tie many knots. After that, they began to quarrel over the next step. Briareus overheard the arguments, full of gratitude to Zeus, Briareus slipped in and try to untie the knots. Zeus sprang from the couch and grabbed up his thunderbolt. The gods fell to their knees begging and pleading for mercy. Then Zeus seized Hera and hung her from the sky with gold chains. She wept in pain all night but none of the others dared to interfere. Her weeping kept Zeus up and the next morning he agreed to release her if she would swear never to rebel again. She didn’t have a choice, so she agreed. Since she couldn’t rebel again, she often intrigued against Zeus’s plans and she was often able to outwit him. Most stories concerning Hera have to do with her revenge for Zeus’s infidelities. Her sacred animals are the cow and the peacock. Her favourite city is Argos.

Poseidon (Ποσειδώνας) is the brother of Zeus. After the overthrow of their Father Cronus he drew lots with Zeus and Hades, another brother, to share the power of the world. His prize was to become lord of the sea. He was widely worshipped by seamen. He married Amphitrite, a granddaughter of the Titan Oceanus. He desired Demeter, who asked him to make the most beautiful animal that the world had ever seen, just to put him off. So, Poseidon created the first horse. In some accounts, his first attempts were unsuccessful, he created a variety of animals in his quest and then created the first horse. His weapon is a trident, which can shake the earth, and shatter any object. He is the most powerful Olympian god, after Zeus.

Hades (Άδης) is the brother of Zeus. After the overthrow of their Father Cronus he drew lots with Zeus and Poseidon, another brother, to share the power of the world. He had the worst draw and was made lord of the underworld, ruling over the dead. He is a greedy god who is greatly concerned with increasing his subjects. He is exceedingly disinclined to allow any of his subjects leave. He is also the god of wealth, due to the precious metals that mined from the earth. He has a helmet that makes him invisible and he rarely leaves the underworld. He is unpitying and terrible, but not capricious. His wife is Persephone whom Hades abducted. He is the King of the dead but, death itself is another god, Thanatos.

Hestia (Εστία) is Zeus sister. She is a virgin goddess. She does not have a distinct personality. She plays no part in myths. She is the Goddess of the Hearth, the symbol of the house around which a newborn child is carried before it is received into the family. Each city had a public hearth sacred to Hestia, where the fire was never allowed to go out.

Athena (Αθηνά) is the daughter of Zeus. She is fierce and brave in battle but only fights to protect the state and home from outside enemies. She is the goddess of the city, handicrafts, and agriculture. She has invented the bridle, which permits man to tame horses, the trumpet, the flute, the pot, the rake, the yoke, the ship, and the chariot. She is the embodiment of wisdom, reason, and purity. She is Zeus’s favourite child and she is allowed to use his weapons including his thunderbolt. Her favourite city is Athens. Her tree is the olive and the owl is her bird. She is a virgin goddess.

Ares (Άρης) is the son of Zeus and Hera. Both parents disliked him. He is the god of war and he is considered murderous and bloodstained but, also a coward. When he was caught in an act of adultery with Aphrodite, her husband Hephaestus publicly ridiculed him. His bird is the vulture. His animal is the dog.

Apollo (Απόλλωνας) is the son of Zeus and Leto. His twin sister is Artemis. He is the god of music, playing a golden lyre, of light and truth, who can not tell a lie. One of Apollo’s more important daily tasks is to harness his chariot with four horses and drive the sun across the sky. He is famous for his oracle at Delphi and people use to travel to it from all over the Greek world to divine the future. His tree is the laurel, his bird is the crow and his animal is the dolphin.

Aphrodite  (Αφροδίτη) is the goddess of love, desire and beauty. In addition to her natural gifts she has a magical girdle that compels anyone she wishes to desire her. There are two accounts of her birth. One says she is the daughter of Zeus and Dione. The other goes back to when Cronus castrated Uranus and tossed his severed genitals into the sea. Aphrodite then arose from the sea foam on a giant scallop and walked to shore in Cyprus. She is the wife of Hephaestus. The myrtle is her tree, the dove, the swan, and the sparrow are her birds.

Hermes (Ερμής) is the son of Zeus and Maia. He is Zeus’s messenger. He is the fastest of the gods. He wears winged sandals, a winged hat, and carries a magic wand. He is the god of thieves and commerce. He is the guide for the dead to go to the underworld. He invented the lyre, the pipes, the musical scale, astronomy, weights and measures, boxing, gymnastics, and the care of olive trees.

Artemis   (Άρτεμις) is the daughter of Zeus and Leto. Her twin brother is Apollo. She is the lady of the wild things. She is the huntsman of the gods. She is the protector of the young. Like Apollo she hunts with silver arrows. She is a virgin goddess, and the goddess of chastity. She also presides over childbirth, which may seem odd for a virgin, but goes back to cause Leto no pain when she was born. She became associated with Hecate. The cypress is her tree. All wild animals are scared to her and especially the deer.

Hephaestus (Ήφαιστος) is the son of Zeus and Hera. Sometimes it is said that Hera alone produced him and that he has no father. He is the only god who is physically ugly and lame. Accounts as how he became lame vary. Some say that Hera, upset by having an ugly child, flung him from Mount Olympus into the sea, breaking his legs. Others that he took Hera’s side in an argument with Zeus and Zeus flung him off Mount Olympus. He is the god of fire and the forge. He is the smith and armourer of the gods. He uses a volcano as his forge. He is the patron god of both smiths and weavers. He is kind and peace loving. His wife is Aphrodite. Sometimes his wife is identified as Aglaia.


Long story short – it’s very impressing to talk about the Greek culture and what they believed in, even though some things might not be true. But it’s a beautiful way to talk about history. For me it is more interesting than any religion existing.

Keep updated and Greetings,