You know, sometimes I’m just wondering… Am I doing my Erasmus exchange or am I on holidays? Or maybe 2 in 1? Let’s check on that. My usual day starts around 11 a.m. Rays of sunshine gently wake me up through the window.
View from my window
I lazily stretch and decide to get up. Then I prepare a fresh smoothie from bananas and frozen strawberries for breakfast (healthy lifestyle) and come back to my bed to nap just a few minutes more. When I feel ready to face the world I get up for good and prepare to go to university. As Finnish education system is quite different from my back home, I usually have only several hours of regular classes per week. That is pretty comfortable because I can actively spend my time doing sports, going for a walk around the nearest forest, going to sauna.
Take your card, sport suit and join us!
Right after school I am heading for one of several shopping malls just to have good time with my friends wandering around the shops. Then we go to Kauppatori to buy some fresh vegetables and fruits at reasonable price. When I come back home I take a short rest before going to yoga classes. At the beginning of the semester I bought a sport card from Tuli ry sport’s club that allows me to take part in all activities organized by them. I love it! The price is low and the classes are great and, what is important, they are taught in English if there are any non-Finnish students present. You can relax doing yoga or burn some calories during energetic Zumba classes.
One of my favorite activities here is swimming because the swimming pool is almost private – there are very few people coming so you have the whole space just for you. When I am back from yoga and swimming I take a walk to the nearest forest to enjoy the wild nature in here. I can admire birds singing around me, blooming spring flowers and experience this unique silence that makes you calm and happy.
In the evening I often have a sauna session. There is no better ending of the day than relaxation in pleasantly hot sauna. Soo does it sound like a busy school day? Or more like wonderful day of your holidays? Greetings from Turku!
Text and photos: Joanna Dziag