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Night tour in Tampere


On November 24, Mari and Joonas and I had a night short tour around city center at Tampere. It was very cold for me on that day’s night. We gathered in front of McDonald’s near keskstori at 18:00 and at first went to a big Christmas tree in center square. The Christmas tree was ornamented with illuminations. I watched such big Christmas tree for the first time, so I was extremely impressed!!! And also, I wondered how it has been carried here.

We took a photo all of us there and decided to go to a Finnish souvenir shop!


On our way to there, I learned Finnish from Mari and Joonas with some shop signs or advertisements. For example, I learned like

nyt = now” “ale = sale” “sata = hundred ” “tori = market or square” “jouloku = Christmas tree” “keskus = center” “saving = säästö” and so on.

Then, I could understand the meaning of “keskustori (= keskus + tori) is center square




Unfortunately some souvenir shops already closed. Therefore we went to KOSKIKESKUS. In there, we saw an interesting advertisement.



The advertisement was reflected to mist from a projector.


AINUTLAATUINEN MEDIAPINTA NYT MYYNNISSÄ!” means “unique media surface now on sale!

In there, we went to the Tiger and bookstore and then I learned words from a lot of stuff that is an eraser and diary, belt and so on


And we could see that some buildings was painted by light when we walked outside.


Particularly, the light painting of the place that Joonas recommended in the last was looked like being REALLY painted the building with. I was so excited!




Lastly, we went to the LidL and bought some foods with learning a vegetable’s name.

I usually bought eggplant without understanding the price, but could know the price because I understood the name on that day! I was very glad!!!

And I ate Finnish traditional bread and was over on that day. Though souvenir shop was closed, but we could see some light ups that we can see only at night and learn about a lot of words and culture! I spent so great night with awesome partners!! Kiitos, Mari and Joonas!


Kiitos 🙂

9 in 1 – New record in visiting museums

On sunday I met with Laura to enjoy the benefits of Tampere birthday events. Many museums were for free or discounted, so we decided to do a museum-tour and get to know some finnish culture.

When it comes to finnish culture, the mommins shouldn´t be missed out, of course! So we started in the mommin museum. Actually, I have never heard of the mommins before I came to Finland, but at first sight I fell in love with this little neat figures. Laura explained a few characters of the mommins and the person constellation in the mommin world. In the meantime she explained it to me i also learned some words in finnish, like “meri” (sea) and the different seasons.

After that, we went to vapriikki, where we only had to pay 2 euros to visit all of the museums there, which were about 8 of them! Exactly: Aphrodite museum, Ice-hockey museum, Tampere Civil War museum, Tampere history museum, Innovations museum, Tom of Finland museum, another museum from a famous drawer whose name I don´t remember, and the posti museum.

As Laura is a big ice-hockey fan, she could tell me a lot about famous hockey-stars in Finland and some historical events. She also told me about the never-ending fight between the two hockey teams in Tampere, Tappara and Ilves and that I have to decide on which side I am.


I also get to know Tom of Finland in a museum, who is a famous drawer in the queer scene. I didn´t know him before, but Laura told me that he is very famous all over the world. There are even some stamps from him, which are very controverse and lead to a debate in Finland. They were also wondering, what will happen, when they send letters to Russia with a gay actor showing his back on the stamp. But apparently nothing serious happened.

All in all, I didn´t learn many new words in finnish on this day, but I learned a lot about the history of Finland. Especially in the museum about the civil war and the history of Tampere.

At the end of the day, I realized that we have spent almost 5 hours in museums and visited 9 different museums in one day! That is an absolute all-time record for me!