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Chapter # 2

Talking time

Welcome back! So our German – Russian meeting was simple. We decided to talk about history. The topic for our discussion was Чернобыль – Tschernobyl – Chernobyl.

«a town near Kiev in Ukraine where an accident at a nuclear power station in April 1986 resulted in serious radioactive contamination in Ukraine, Belarus, and other parts of Europe»

We met for a lunch at TAMK canteen. We found an extremely interesting theme for each other. Also, we started to research some information, movies, pictures about it. I remember my History classes in my school it was so informative and amazing. I think all people should talk about it for the future as a huge bad lesson for humans. It’s so important in our days because we have a lot of nuclear and other dangerous energy which can potentially hazardous for all of us.

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9th meeting: Suomi100


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.


6th meeting, about time

We had some problems for this meeting because none of us were never free, but we finally had a meeting yesterday morning.

We prepared pancakes (again) and we had sunday breakfast together. We ate too many of them but it was such an interesting and delicious meal.

Pancakes with Nesquik
Pancakes with Nesquik

As I told in previous posts I had planned to show Lynn a Spanish TV show with lots of history and cultural referenes, so it was perfect for our Each One Teach One meetings.

So we saw “El ministerio del tiempo” in Spanish with English subtitles while we had breakfast. I stopped the show sometimes to explain some of the cultural references she could not know of.

I think it’s a very interesting show for a foreigner, and you can learn about different periods, not just the current one. She already knows about the painter Velázquez, the Spanish Independence War and some important characters from that period thanks to the show.

She already told me that she wants to see the next episodes.

The show's logo
The show’s logo