We met at Janica’s home to celebrate a Christmas Party!
In the begining she showed us a Photo Album of her Exchange to Argentina. It was very fun to see all the pictures and to listen to the stories she told us! She was staying in Buenos Aires, but also had some time to travel to Uruguay and Brasil- It was very funny because when I saw the picture of her in the beach in Montevideo it happens that I live 2 blocks away from the place the picture was taken!
From her visit to Argentina Janica has a mate, so she had it ready when we arrived. Getuar had never tried mate so I was very excited to see if he would like it or not. The mate had some sugar in it, so it was not the original one (it is very bitter) but it was ok for him.
We spent the evening listening to Christmas songs and telling each other how do we spend Christmas time. We had some Finnish Christmas food: joulutorttu, glögi, ginger breads and chocolate. It was a lovely evening and I didn’t wanted to end!
It was very nice to meet Janica and Getuar so I will be forever thankful to this course of giving me the chance to meet them! I hope we can meet again in the future!
At the end of the meeting Janica was so nice to gave us a ride back home 🙂
In December we had a little pre-Christmas party at my place. We taught Kurumi to bake finnish Christmas pastries. We put plum and apple jams to the pastries. That was the first time Kurumi made christmas pastries and I think she was very good at it!
A month before this meeting Kurumi taught us to make Japanese food. That means both of these meetings were very similar to each other. Only difference was that a month before this meeting I was learning and now I was teaching. The most challenging thing in teaching was English and especially vocabulary. Luckily Eetu helped me if I didn’t know some words in English!
Of course we had gingerbreads and glogg, too!
When we were finished eating we started to study colors (both in Japanese and Finnish). Before this meeting only color I knew in Japanese was shiro (which means white). During this meeting I learnt eleven more!
Last Wednesday we went to the Bilingual Pub Quiz in O’Connels Bar. It is in english and finnish, so very recommendable for language learning interested people and foreigners 🙂 Some other friends joined me and my eoto-partner Paula and her partner Krystian (polish) as well. It was a good group and we had a funny time together although the questions were quite difficult to answer.
There were two rounds à ten questions with topics like music, news, celebrities or general knowledge. We were a bit fighting at the question where we had to find out which island is searched by only knowing the shape of it – first we thought of Sumatra, then we wrote down “Borneo” and in the end it was Java!
Because of the questions I repeated the numbers in Finnish again which is always useful:
Recently, Joulutori opened in Tampere and of course we didn’t want to miss it, so our location for the 8th meeting was determined easily 🙂
I went to Joulutori on the opening day with another exchange student (Sanne who also did EOTO :D) and found out that there were some German stalls with German-speaking people and food there, so I decided to introduce them to my students.
I started our conversations in German only while we walked around and chatted with the stall owners (in German of course haha), so Maija and Kaisa joined and purchased some goods while talking in German, it was very funny because they had to turn everything into German so suddenly, but they did well! 🙂 There were Lebkuchen, Marzipan, gebrannte Mandeln and Krapfen/Quarkbällchen at Joulutori – pretty normal food you can find on any German Christmas market, well done! 😀 I bought some Quarkbällchen (that’s how we call them in the state where I come from but they actually have many different names that German people call them) and treated Maija and Kaisa to try them and they liked it, I’m so glad 😀
After walking around a lot we decided to sit down in a wooden house, drink some Glögi and talk about the German holiday calendar and compare it to the Finnish holidays. We found out that our calendars are pretty much the same with all the Christian holidays. Exceptions like Independence Day or Thanksgiving exist of course but talking about our different cultures was very interesting and fun 🙂 I learn so much about Finland and Finnish culture despite having this set up as a one-way learning/teaching group only, I like EOTO a lot because of this 😀