Once again we decided to cook. Apperently cooking is very fascinating thing to do. I think it really unites people and brings a lot of joy! So we decided we need to make anither Russian dish for Vanessa because w were talking so much about it. The dish is called syrniki (сырники). It is a Russian-Ukranian dish made of quark (cottage cheese), flour, eggs and some vanila exrtact. The look like really fluffy pancakes, served with honey, jam or whatever you prefer and taste amazing! While we were cocking them we had a conversation with girls about food culture and traditions of Russia and Germany, then Vanessa decided to share some anecdotes that German people have about Polish people and gypsis. I think national jokes really describe people’s attitude to life and makes overall impression. We also talked about the appearance of Russian and German people and decided that the light colored eyes are dominant in both nations.
It was a great breakfast and good start of the day!
For this meeting we decided to finalyy make some Russian food for Vanessa. A lot of people have heard about Russian pancakes or how we call them “Blini”, but not that mane people actually tried them. So we decided on who should buy which ingredients: flour, eggs, milk, marmelade and fruits. The blini were so delicious we completely forgot to take pictures of them! We all really enjoyed making then and especially eating:) They turned out really sweet and nice. I will attach a pucture of what they should look like.
Vanessa said that she really liked them, but they are different from what she is used to. I’m not surprised about it, but still happy to share out traditions with other people.
On 19th of March we decided to have a small lunch together at the university. When we came to the place, we realized that there was some special event and people have made a separate table of vegeterian dishes to try. Non of us is a vegeterian but we decided to give it a try and wee pleasantly surprised. Burgers were really good in delicious.
During the meeting we decided to discuss our future plans, looked up some German and Russian recepies to cook and talked about our experience so far. It was a small chat that i really enjoyed and also the change of the food can sometimes pleasantly surprise you!
On the 10th of March we went to the Pispala cafe to enjoy the new place that was recommended to me by my friends who already went there. We really wanted to try waffles, but unfortinately, they do not serve them in the afternoon, but they offer some of the Asian dishes. We decided not to spend a lot of money and odered vegetarian spring rolls that were the cheapest. I also took Aperol Spritz. The area where Pispala cafe is located looked pretty nice, so I also took some pictures of it. The weather was chilly but sunny, which made it even prettier
Unfortinately, the spring rolls were absolutely tasteless and we did not like them at all. But our meeting was still really pleasant. We discussed the differences between Russian and German girls, etiquette, dating rules and norms. Vanessa pointed out that Julia and me have very smooth and gentle moves, which I, personally, never noticed. Nessy also helped us with the homework for the German class in TAMK.
Overall we had a really nice meeting. In the end we took a bus with Julia and Nessy took her bike. She is really sporty and always goes by bike. I really admire it and think that it is really cool.
It was 7/03, winter is still here but show is slowly melting into rain, that’s why my teacher Selina invited me to explore Vintage clothing shops. I’m really in small, cosy, rich for historical moments things and the idea of “doing Vintage shops hooping” was really for me.
We visited 4 different shops, enjoyed talking with sellers, tryied some clothers and.. what else do girls need?) After we decided to go a cute “Kaffila” for driking a hot coffee with traditional laskiaispulla and learn Russian and Finnish.
Speaking about Russian: we started with an alphabet and pronunciation of difficult sounds.
Speaking about Finnish: Selina told me about the difference between speaking and literary Finnish, for ex. in real life it’s better to say “mä on Sasha” instead “mina olen Sasha”, that’s why now I knew more useful for real life phrases =)
On the 6th of December it was Finnish Independence day and we thought that it would be a nice idea to arrange our last meeting then 🙂 We met in the city centre and went to the coffee place in Tampere Hall to enjoy the last cup of coffee in this company together this year because the second period is almost done and we will have our winter holidays. We shared our plans for Christmas and New Year, summed up all our meetings and made our own feedback for EOTO course what we’ve learnt and what did we like about it. We all agreed that it would be nice to continue getting together for language practice and just for fun as well.
After coffee we attended the Christmas market in the city centre, it was full of nice stuff, we learned some new words about Christmas and holidays and didn’t notice how time flew and suddenly fireworks started! That was amazing!
After watching it we said bye-bye to each other, wished luck in future language studies and went home. 🙂 Thank you EOTO for the opportunity to meet nice people!
We were planning to have lunch at school together for a long time and finally, we did it 🙂 I again asked my friend to join us, so we had a long conversation about music, travellings and hobbies. It was interesting to know that Maksim listens to Russian music band Kino, which I like as well and Viktor Tsoi is a legend in Russia.
We discussed countries as well because it was a cyber Monday and me and my friend got really cheap tickets to Amsterdam! we were excited that moment that couldn’t talk about something else 😀
After all, my friend said that she really found the idea of this course super cool because it’s not only the opportunity to learn the new language, but also a chance to meet new friends 🙂
Every Saturday evening I know that I will meet Maksim and Ilona and I really look forward to these meetings, that makes it even sadder that these are our last meetings. But we are trying to have fun, enjoy each other’s company and do our best in studies.
That Saturday I was after work and felt sick, but our meeting is a must! I couldn’t skip it, I had a small surprise for guys, one of my Russian speaking friends joined us and actually, she was a great help for me in explaining some really difficult things to guys. We went quickly through some exercises and even though we faced a really difficult grammar topic as a dative I was so glad to see that guys almost don’t have difficulties there! So proud of their progress! 🙂
As it is the end of the 2nd period, we all having problems to find the time which suits everyone. This time we decided to meet at Pyynikki Observation Tower, so we could study drinking coffee and having one of this delicious doughnuts and also we were planning to go up to the top of the tower, but since it’s getting dark really fast now and the weather was freezing, we decided that we feel pretty comfortable inside as well.
It was Saturday’s evening, so I wasn’t that surprised that place was busy when we arrived, so we didn’t have much choice than study outside for some time, well….it wasn’t too bad, taking into account that we had a cup of hot coffee 😀 We continued to study with our favourite book and this time we translated text and discussed relevant topics. The difficulty of the text was that it was full of Russian sayings, which are really tricky to translate sometimes. Sometimes it is difficult even to explain because mostly it goes from the culture. However, we managed to find some similar phrases in Finish as well.
Eventually, we got cold and changed our location 🙂 But when we moved inside we mostly were talking and sharing our stories and some cultural experiences.
I really like d this meeting, it was super cosy and warm 🙂
In order to have more time for studying, we decided to arrange our meeting in the evening this time so nobody would be in a rush. We wanted to meet in Pella’s cafe, Maksim was a bit earlier to the meeting and he said that the place is really crowded, then I offered to go to the cafe Europa, I’ve been there a few times and I saw that there are usually a lot of students working on their assignments. We are continuing the work with the Finnish-Russian books named “Пора!”This time we decided to pay more attention to exercises and vocabulary. And that was more challenging than just reading 😀 But I think we managed pretty well!
We remembered hot to say days of the week, months, seasons, talked about favourite subjects at school, practised how to say time and many other useful things in everyday conversation. I really liked studying in that cafe, it is a very cute place, but probably it is better to come for studying during the daytime because in the evening (especially Saturday evening) they put music on and it’s time to relax1 😉