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Kauppahalli & Pyynikki

We started our third meeting by tour in Kauppahalli with our friends. It was part of Jisoo’s “Finnish cuisine” course. We walked around store hall and got to taste some cheeses and cold smoked horse meat! Then we had good and cheap lunch in there. There was three Finnish, and two Korean students in our group so we talked a lot of our countries differences etc.. It was really nice and fun afternoon!


After tour we headed to Pyynikki observation tower by bus. We had some donuts and coffee in the cafe. Then we viewed landscape upstairs of the tower!


Sorruounded by Dutch in a Finnish closed market

Have you ever been to the Tampereen Kauppahalli? Go there! It’s a  very nice place in the city center.

Here you can find a lot of goods, from high quality foods, shoes, to souvenirs and a lot of affordable cafè (in some of there kahvi costs only 1 euro!).

I had my fourth EOTO meeting with Sanne, but this time there was something special (apart from the different setting): there were two Sanne’s friends, Rianne and Lieke, who were visiting her from the Netherland, so this time I had 3 teachers, great!

We spoke a lot about their hometown and the they taught me some words to improve my poor vocabulary. In particular I learnt brother (broer) and sister (zus) and different ways to create the diminutive form of a word ( adding -je, -tje, -mpje, -pje, -itje). Maybe it could be a secondary aspect of a language but… everything has started from a discussion about the size of the cup of coffe we were drinking in this very cosy place, protected against the cold wond outside.

When it was my turn of teaching I stressed on useful terms for a turist in Italy. It’s definitely better to know those words because often Italian peole don’t speak nor understand English at all. So we spoke about church (chiesa), sea (mare) , main square (piazza centrale), street (via or strada) museum (museo), hill (collina), mountain (montagna), lake (lago), dinner (cena), lunch (pranzo), breakfast (colazione), restaurant (ristorante), hotel (albergo, or hotel as well) and so on…

I think it was not too boring for our guests, they seemed quite interested and they helped Sanne to teach me as well. And remember to go to kauppahalli!

Carlo Soregotti




Casa Calabaza

Our second meeting was a couple of weeks ago. We met near Sokos and we went to visit the market hall, Kauppahalli. We wandered around the different stalls and learned vocabulary of different foods in Spanish, and some in Finnish also. There were some typical Finnish berries like cloudberry and blueberry and we talked about how there is not a lot of berries in Brazil. We learned the basic vocabulary of vegetables and fruits and some other goods in Spanish. Calabaza=pumpkin.

After the Kauppahalli we went to have a coffee in Sokos. In Spain or Latin America they don’t drink that much coffee than here in Finland, and I’m sure it might seem a bit funny how we always drink coffee, and we always have a “coffee break” instead of just a “break” for example. Haha, just a one detail we talked about this time.

This time we talked a lot about the differences between the Spanish, Finnish and Latin American culture, especially about the social behavior. The most significant differences are surely in social behavior between Finnish and these other two. In Spain and in Latin America people are very open minded, and talkative, and they have a lot of temper. The Finnish culture is completely different, as we are even afraid to look in to each other’s eyes when we are talking. Also the social culture is in completely different level in these countries. As Spanish speaking people they do everything together, in Finland we do everything alone. In Spain it was very difficult for me to get used to it at first as my local roommates were expecting us to do everything together, and I, as a Finnish “lonely” person, felt I needed my own space. But I got used to it, and it was so great to share your life with them, a lot more fun than being alone. I’m sure the Finnish culture might be a bit weird for people who have got used to live more “social” life, or at least I felt like it when I came back.

Our second meeting was also great, I really like the members of our group and the atmosphere is always relaxed and nice.

Hasta la proxima!

Visiting kauppahalli

For this meeting we decided to visit kauppahalli. We walked around a bit and saw some traditional finish foods. Since Erwan didn’t know what glögi is, I explained (kind of a mulled wine, made both with alcohol and without) and recommended him to try before he leaves from Finland. Sadly I didn’t see any at Kauppahalli so we could have tried that time. After walking around we sat down at a cafe for some tea and snacks and begun the lesson.  We ate karjalanpiirkka (Karelian pie), which was also new to him.

This time Tilda was also able to joins us, so Erwan was teaching us some French. He talked to us about his trip to Russia in French which is really good practise for understanding. It’s also one of the things  I miss living in Finland, you almost never hear French here and I learn best by listening the language. We also made some sentences in French (or tried to) and finally started to paractise passé composé which is new to me. Before I only knew the present tense and futur proche so it’s really useful to be able to talk about things in the past-tense as well!

Tilda was already familiar with passé composé so she was also giving advice on the grammar. There’s a lot of things and conjugations to remember (and exceptions, because well, it’s French) but all in all it seems not too bad! There’s of course the irregular verbs that are going to be challenging  but not impossible.

Looking forward to our next meeting! 🙂












































02. City tour with Finnish girl 02.10.14

I met Tuija at Tamk after my class finished.

And we want to go  diffrent place  except Tamk!  We decieded to go out and take bus first.

I’ve never been to sokos market and Kauppa Halli and I wanted to visit there.

Kauppa Halli is Tampere traditional market, which sells almost everything related fruits, meat, breads, and etc. There was really excited and active.  Also, I could buy bread with cheap price:D

After watching market, Tuija recommended me the nice cafe, named K bar.

It’s near from Keskustori and We can drink free coffee with only 2 euro. The server was so kind and mood is quiet to study.

We chatted about each country’s drink culture and restaurant culture.

Korean traditional alcohol is Soju. It’s 18~21% and really cheap with good taste.  I want to show soju for her later and drink together:D

And I was surprised that we can seat and server come when we pay at restaurant. Because we always pay with receipt as going to counter when we pay.

Also we talked about Tuija’s German life. She lived in Germany for a semester as intern. She recommended me Munich to travel.  Frankfurt is big city, but there is not good to travel.


Second meeting 2.10.

Today’s meeting was to learn differences about Finnish and Korean culture. Today we didn’t actually taught new languages, but our English skills is getting stronger all the time when we discuss. First we met at the school and then took a bus to the center. The idea was to get something to eat and coffee. We walked by Hämeenkatu and I told a little story of Tammerkoski. If you guys noticed, it was empty for a few days. Couple times in a year they empty the torrent (koski) and at the same time people can go there to find stuff they maybe have thrown there 😀 Like for example rings, bikes, keys, whatever you can imagine..

It’s a nice way to talk different things and get to know each other just by walking. When you see something, like e.g. the torrent, you just start talking about that and then you think about other country, that how is the things there.

Anyway, then we went to Sokos. Sokos is a kind of a shopping centre, in many floors, but the whole centre is a one big store. There is a nice “restaurant” in the lowest floor. If you want to eat good salads, you should go there! I showed to Hui, how the ordering goes there and what does the lunch include. Just showing normal practical, things. At the same building as Sokos, there is Kauppahalli (market hall). We took a little tour there and discussed about things and food what they sell there. I haven’t been in Korea and I don’t know how is the food culture there. Actually, they also have a lot of food ingredients what you can buy, like at the Kauppahalli. If you want to make some special dinner and you need some special things for that, market halls are great place to buy those. Cause normal supermarkets don’t always have all the “exotic” ingredients.

Then we went to Bar K. http://www.bar-k.fi/kkkk It’s one of my favorite places to go to spend some time and drink coffee with friends. You can also go there in the evenings to have some fun and maybe drink some alcohol. The restaurant culture is a kind of different in Korea than in Finland. Here you go to the bartender when you want to order drinks and you’ll pay it immediately. In Korea the bartender comes to your table to take you order, brings order for you and you don’t have to pay it immediately. They’ll bring you the check at the end of an evening, if you want. And you can just leave the money to the table; you don’t have to walk to the desk to pay it.

In Finland people often goes to bar to drink and don’t usually order anything to eat. But in Korea, the thing is like the opposite. You go to eat and drink at the same. If you want to drink, you’ll order also food. Food and alcohol walks hand in hand, if you can say that. Or maybe better way to say it is “If you want to eat, then you’ll order also drinks”. Alcohol is a bit cheaper in Korea than in Finland. The food in market halls is kind of at the same price, but in supermarkets the food is cheaper in Korea than in Finland.

Then about phones and Internet. Here in Finland it’s quite cheap to have mobile data. In Korea it is much more expensive. Your mobile operator (calls, txt-messages and the Internet) can cost even 50-60€. That’s quite a lot.

Earlier I didn’t know that there are saunas also in Korea. Korean people likes to go to sauna. But one thing there is different; they don’t throw water on the stones. In Finnish culture, the more you throw water, the hotter the sauna gets and the one who can stay there longest, is the winner 😉

So this is how it was today, just chatting and comparing cultures. I noticed that there is a lot of same in Korea an in Finland, more than I even expected. Nice meetings today, and next time something special! =)