It has been a long time since I was longing to come to Northern Europe. Now I have been in Finland for almost 3 months and going to leave in one more month. Tempus fugit. I would like to thank Finland, thank Turku and thank Turku AMK. You are the ones that gave me such wonderful days in my university life.
If it was not that I heard about the program of being an exchange student in Turku by accident, I may never have an idea and chance to live here even for a short time. And that was the first time I knew the name of Turku. The only things I know about Finland are Nokia, snow, Santa Claus, Angry birds and Northern lights. I became so excited after I made up my mind to come here.
The exchange student application work was a little bit complicated and took me a lot of time. But it was full of joy for me.
And I even prepared some wonderful small Chinese gifts for my future Finnish friends when I went to Beijing. I knew this would be my very first time odyssey!
Finally I arrived Turku! It was already 10pm in China but 5pm in Finland, but I was totally wide awake.
My tutors picked me up at the station. They were really nice and helped me to settle down in my apartment. Everything was totally new to me and it was really hard to fall asleep at the first night. No exaggeration, I still felt like dreaming and could not believe I was more than 7000 kilometers away from home.
I came to Turku quite early, almost 10 days before school starts. So I had a lot of time exploring the city with my tutors. They were really patient. We went to the flea market, the beach, the woods to pick blueberries and Ruissalo to see the sunsets. It was mid-summer in Finland. The temperature was really comfortable. The air was clean and everything in sight is green. That was really fantastic!
Summer in Finland is like a wildest dream!
For me, I invited my tutors to my place and cooked them Chinese dishes with my Chinese friends. We chatted and laughed until the day was fully dark. We really had a fantastic night!
I was really happy that they love the Chinese cuisine we cooked!
(maybe just my version of Chinese food ……)
It was really the first time that I met so many students from so many countries. Everything were waiting to be explored.
About what I study, it seems like a little bit difficult for me as I was studying totally different courses at my home university. But the courses here were still attractive. Life is keeping trying new things!
And the most impressive course in the Finnish course! Since Chinese language is totally different from any European language, Finnish is difficult but so interesting! I made mistakes but now I knew one more new language! 🙂
This is one of my Finnish assignments. It maybe only several sentences but took me a lot of time! Finnish is hard but I love it! Just like I love Finland!
During the 3 months in Finland so far, I have traveled in Helsinki, Rauma and Tampere. And I am planning to go Rovaniemi recently. Every city is unique but all beautiful in a Finnish way! Quite, gentle, peaceful and clean.
Time flies! Now the autumn semester is coming to an end. Finland gave me so much this time. I met so many friends from all around the world and I knew so many stories about people whom I may meet only for once.
So many words to say!
Now I think it was not only just traveling, but also a kind of life experience. Although we live thousands kilometers away, we still have same happy and sad stories. We can share all the happy or sad moments. I will miss Finland and miss all the people I met in Finland.
Thank you all! Paljon kiitoksia! Suomi!
Text & photos: Fangyu Li