Internship in Finland – one of the best decisions of my life

Moikka!

Minä olen Kristýna and I have decided to pass my internship in Turku in Finland. I have to say it was one of the best decisions I have ever done. Read through to find out why.

I was placed to Turku University Hospital T –hospital at Intensive Care Unit.  First day I came there I was really stunned. The hospital is really beautiful and new. Also the equipment of the ward suprised me a lot. It´s much more modern than in Czech Republic. I had four supervisors – 2 women and 2 men. At the beginning I was a bit nervous because of my level of English which wasn´t something I would be proud of and also if I will get on well with the nurses. It showed up that there was nothing to worry about. My English was improving day by day and all the staff was really friendly to me and I have had some really good talks and discussions with them. I was enjoying the shifts thanks to an individual tutor´s attitude to me and very comfortable atmosphere at the rooms. I can say that I saw and l learnt so many things there. This intership has broadened my horizons a lot.

However this exchange wasn´t just about working in hospital. I had some free weeks and weekends of course. As almost every erasmus student I went to Lapland where I experienced husky rides, saunas, ice swimming and almost all kinds of the winter sports. Lapland is wonderland and I will definitely come back. Unfortunately we haven´t been lucky with the northern lights there because of the cloudy weather but finally I could see the aurora in Turku which was even more emotional because it´s so rare in the south of Finland. I have to admit that I was crying – it is amazing feeling which is hard to describe. I liked this trip so I decided to go to cottage weekend few weeks later. We´ve been playing games in the snow and relaxing in hot tubs in the evenings and I really enjoyed barbecue in Finnish kota. Thanks to ESN group in Turku I went to see Helsinki and chocolate Fazer factory where we could eat as much as we could. I couldn´t see chocolate for a week after this. However there is no need to travel far away to see something interesting. There are many places to see in Turku and around. For example Naantali with its Moomin´s Island and tracks for the skating on the sea or Ruissalo Island with great sauna situated on the beach with ice swimming in the sea.

Luckily I also have had a lot of fun during the workings weeks after my shifts. There are many events for the students which are worth it to attend. For example typical evening event call sitz where you eat, sing, drink and play some funny games. What I really liked was an international diner where all the students cooked or baked something typical for their country. Oh my God I ate so much there, shame. I definitely like the campus sports card which allows you to attend all the kinds of sport you can imagine.

My intership was just two months but during these weeks I have met dozens of new friends and we made the friendships which are going to last forever. Now I can visit almost all European countries and I will have at least one friend there. Isn´t it great? Erasmus Exchange is amazing thing and even though it´s hard to take off from your comfortable zone at the beginning but if you do it  you won´t definitely regret!

Thank you all who has made my stay her sooo unforgettable!

Moi moi!
Týna, Czech Republic

The first sauna experience

 

I visited the sauna organised by Turun Avantouimarit ry on the weekend.

This sauna is along the sea. Speaking of Finland, I remember sauna because the sauna was introduced at the first orientation when I came to TUAS. It was especially impressive. Sauna is Finnish and is commonly called in the world. The famous Finnish sauna is Vasta. This is a bundle of white birch branches. Then, you hit Vasta on own body. Bur, this sauna doesn’t have it. My first impression of the sauna in Finland is very hot but not difficult to breathe. There are many sauna in Jpana with hot springs. However, Most of sauna in Japan is difficult to breathe. I was surprised to dive in the sea. The depth is about 2.5m and the my foot can’t reach the ground. I tried swimming, but I got up at about 5m. I had a sad experience when I dropped the key into the sea. I learned to wear the key on my foot instead of my wrist. I thought I should take sandals. The metal plate of slippers on the way to the sea from sauna is painful with bare foot. We can adjust the temperature in sauna (Only to raise temperature). The temperature was raised by to give the water for the stone. The sauna has three-tiered structure. The up stair is hot. However, we can adjust the temperature. I was able to refresh my body and to sleep at night. In a few days, because it gets dark quickly, my sleeping time is short. But the sauna made me relaxed. If you are interested in sauna, you should go the sauna with money and sandals and shampoo and swimsuit.

Written By Hiroshi Satake

Christmas party with my tutor

Christmas party was held by my tutor in their house. It is early for us. But, my tutor let me experience Finnish culture. At that time, I ate traditional Finnish meal. We ate Porkkanalaatko (this is Carrot Casserole) and Pernalaatikko (this is Potato Casserole). I have never eaten either of them, so I felt it was very fresh taste. I baked cookies. This cookie is called ginger cookies and contains ginger and cinnamon. When I made cookies, my tutor has various cookie cutter. There was an elf shaped cutter. I can’t use this cutter. I usually use like star, heart, angel and something like that in my country. This elf is the Santa Claus assistant called Tottu. Maybe, we can see the doll of torttu in K city market. I thought it was unexpected because I only thought Santa Clause and reindeer. And the famous Finnish Christmas snack is Joulutorttu. Joulu means Christmas and Touruttu means tart. Make a cut into 4 corners of the pie crust. And then, fold it like windmill, put the prune in the middle and bake in the oven. In addition, my tutor created the creative Jouluttu that is the sharp of X. I also ate and drink glogi with ginger cookies and Jouluttu. Glogi is a kind of hot wine. It includes cinnamon and is non-alcohol. Recently, you can see at supermarkets.

I learned the Finnish language from my tutor. It is Hyvää joulua! Hyvää means good and joulua means Christmas. I am happy that I can experience Christmas in Finland. In my country, we eat chiken and cake. We don’t have to eat and drink Glogi, ginger cookie and joulutorttu. So, I could touch a new culture. That’s thanks to my tutor. Thank you for inviting Christmas party. I will spend nice Christmas.

 

Written By Hiroshi Satake

Travelling: Tampere

I traveled to Tampere. The population is about 200,000. (The population in Turku is about 180,000) It’s a big city in Finland. But I felt like Turku street rather than Helsinki street. When I went to Tampere, I use Onnibus. Thanks to the Onnibus, I was able to go cheap. It took 2 hours from Turku to Tampere. Tampere is to the north of Turku. So, Tampere is colder than Turku. If you have the opportunity that you go to Tampere, you should wear warm cloth. There is the bus that is like foli in Tampere. We can buy 1 Day ticket. It is very convenient. When I visited there, Fish day was held in Laukontori. This event is like Fish day in Turku. I ate Finland’s famous salmon soup for the first time. It was very delicious.

On next day, I went to pyynikki observation deck. There is this observation deck on the largest esker in the world. This observation deck made from stone. We can feel history. There was no person going the observation deck. But, there were many people in the café that is under observation deck. This cafe has the famous for doughnuts. There was a lot of sugar around it and it was very sweet. I visited

Sarkaniemi amusement park. However, this amusement park was closed. But, I went to the observation deck in this amusement park. It is higher than pyynikki observation deck.

On the last day, I went to Moomin Museum. Moomin is also popular my country. There was a staff that supports Japanese. The clerk is friendly. We can get the information about Moomin in this museum on multilingual. I’d like to go to Naantali. If you are interested in Tampere, you should go Tampere.

 

Written by Hiroshi

Differences between TUAS and my home institution

I’ve been TUAS since end of August. For about four months, I took some classes and went to lab. Then, I felt there are a lot of things different from my home institution actually. At thins time, I’d like to introduce some of them. Firstly, classes in TUAS focused on group works and discussions. In fact, in Finnish for exchange student class, we made some groups and we practiced Finnish with group members. Furthermore, we were given assignments that we actually went to market and took some videos or pictures with group members. I was so surprised because it was first experiences that I went to somewhere with group member in class. But I think it’s very important things. Actually through the activities, I got to know other exchange students and communicated a lot. And I thought I learnt Finnish more than did it alone because we could ask someone who knows well and teach it to each other. It is very good efficient, I think. Secondly, TUAS is opened for everyone. In my home institute and other almost institute, students and teachers could come into the institute, I think. But in TUAS, there are many competitions, parties and something like that. In additional, people often come into labs as visitor tour. Actually middle school students or other students, some adults visited my lab twice or more. It’s good thing because we can show what we’re studying to other people. And it must be our motivation to studying or other activities. And school activities and sports activities were introduced in ground floor in TUAS. Through the event, I could know where and when we can play sports or we can do something. In additional, we could communicate with such people there actually. It’s also important thing, I think. Finally, we can enjoy buffet in cafeteria. At first time, I was surprised that we can choose whichever I want to eat. But there are a lot of kinds of foods every time. So, I couldn’t choose one. I had a good lunch time. In short, TUAS is so kind to all people including non-student or non-teacher more than my home institute.
Written By Shun Miura