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Sharing pizza and cultural issues :)

For our first meeting me and Sami, my partner in the course, ate pizza at a restaurant in the city center.
While we were waiting our pizza we talked about what we want to learn in this course and the purpose of it.
Sami told me that he want to learn spanish because he wants to visit a Mexican beach in Yucatán to dive, he also shared that diving is one of his favorites hobbies so he would like to know a little bit the language for understand and talk when he have the opportunity to go.
In my case, I want to learn basic words in finnish because I would like to return to Finland to study a master or to do my practical semester and even almost everyone here speak english it’s important to understand finnish.
We both agree that learn about the culture and tradition is also an important thing in this course.
When the pizza finally arrived, we shared some topics about Mexico and its bad reputation that the media shows here about the insecurity. I also explained how is the life and weather there.
About Finland, we talked also about the weather, education, security and way of life.
In this first meeting we learn about both countries but specially we had a great time eating and talking.

Second episode: Actually learning, kinda

Few days ago we had our second meeting.

We met near TAMK and walked to the city to visit a local watering hole. During our quite a long meeting, we again discussed about the images people around the world have of citizens of our countries (Relating to some recent news) and the prejudices. But this time we also spent time learning some language. We went over greetings, numbers and how to compliment people. I cant say I remember all that still, but with learning we already did and some repetition, it should be quite easy. We also spent a lot of time talking about traveling and staying in Mexico and how I should totally get to Yucatan soon as possible.

At the watering hole we sampled some generously portioned containers of traditional Finnish brewery products. Later we also ended up getting familiar with a traditional Mexican distillery product, on its own, and even preparing some famous beverage mixes out of it. Each One Teach One, what a beautiful excuse to do all kinds of stuff. Again we had a great time and a lot of fun. Cant wait for the next time.


First meeting

Some days ago (To be brutally honest, quite many days ago) we had our first meeting.

During the first meeting we didn’t focus on actually learning the language yet. Instead we further discussed the plan how we are going to execute the course. On top of the plan we spent a lot of time talking about our cultures, the images of our countries around the world and the prejudices related to our countries, Finland and Mexico. We also had a lot of catching up to do, since we hadn’t hanged out for a long time, so that took a big chunk of our time too.

We had good time talking and we had some pizza too. I forgot about taking photos until the very end, so here I will present you a gorgeous unfocused close up picture of Sofia’s last slice. Enjoy. (Looks delicious, right?)

Mmmm, pizza