I’m in Turku for a while now and I still like it here. I came to Turku together with my classmate. When we arrived in Turku, our tutors were already waiting for us at the airport. They brought us to our apartment and helped us with our luggage. That was really kind of them.
The second day, we met our tutor group. The other exchange students came all from the Netherlands or Belgium. It was nice that we all spoke the same language, except our tutors, they couldn’t understand a word from what we were saying. It was nice to meet them all. Our tutors gave us a tour in the city and showed us our school. We have eaten hamburgers together in Hesburger, the “Mc Donalds from Turku”, and went to a bar, to have a drink. It was a great day!
On the second week, we had the orientation days. We got a lot of information and met a lot of new people, all exchange students. And so many Dutch people. I didn’t expect that. There were Dutch people everywhere. I was happy to meet all the other exchange students and I was excited to get to know them better.
Together with a couple of other exchange students, we went to an ESN-event, the “Amazing city race”. Because they didn’t expect so many students, there weren’t enough papers for all the groups. So we had to form bigger groups. Our group was extremely large, but that gave us the opportunity to get to know a lot of new people. We played a lot of fun games and it was a great evening.
In our first weeks here, we also went to see the saint Henry’s church. It was a beautiful church, surrounded by nature. It was the first time, we saw the beautiful nature of Finland.
Text & photo: Suzanne Peeters