Student life and summer in Turku, Finland


It’s May, the mid. This time I set to home after my evening shift at work, and so does the sun at about the same time or prepares itself to set so to speak. My mind usually serves me with the anticipation of next day’s morning shift to work, but then I get distracted to a level where I stand still, filled with appreciation and gaze upon the sunlight and it’s amazing aptitude for surrounding my surroundings with beauty, intense beauty!

I am from Nepal. Let me tell you this, the sun in Nepal does not last longer than 19:00 o’clock after its rising at around 6:00 o’clock in the morning. Hence, it is obvious for me to get astonished to see the sunlight and the sun itself so bright at around 22:00 o’clock, and even later. Last year, once I saw sun at around 00:15 o’clock, I literally went crazy and started calling some friends to give the unbelievable news of sun going crazy too. I thought so!

Usually after first week of May, the school is over for the rest of the summer and then students here start their summer jobs, not all of them obviously, some go abroad to catch that glimpse of excitement they’d been holding onto for long winter, I presume they seek their satisfaction over there. But, some of us, like me, take few summer courses and also work some places along with that. Actually some summer courses are real fun, the best part is that it’s part of the course to wander around and capture the summer increasing your own experience.

The summer is beautiful in Finland, I might add that the whole country looks like a beautifully created summer park. The people around look awesome, the views take your breath away and sometimes deja-vus occur, reminding some sort of scenic portraits. The beaches in Ruissalo, Uittamo and few other locations hold a lot of people every day, especially from second or third week of May. People often go camping, spend time in their cottages. Few festivals such as DBTL, Ruisrock – “a 3 days concert in Ruissalo” shake Turku city with the roar and screams of happiness and joys along with those highly loaded speakers to rock the summer. The summer here in Turku rocks, it’s awesome, it’s mind-blowing and it’s fun!

You come here in summer, you will find joys and will be filled with awesomeness and thrilled with views. That’s not it about the summer of Turku though! There’s more!

Text and photo: Ashish Shrestha