Monday, 29 September 2014

Traveling to the Destination

This is going to be the first post concerning my Erasmus semester in Thessaloniki, Greece. 

On Friday (26th) evening I spent hours packing my suitcase along with two other bags. I don’t know why it took me so long to do especially because I already started packing on Monday, when I bought a new suitcase. I sort of knew which things I still had to pack, but there was a feeling inside of me that made me so slow.

In the end I slept only about an hour during the night between Friday and Saturday (27th) because of being so slow at packing and needing to wake up at 2am. I was tired, but nowhere near as tired as I thought I’d be. It was time for last minute checking. Soon I was ready to go to the airport. I was planning on going by a bus due to it being emotionally easier, but I ended up getting a ride from a very nice person. I’m very grateful for the ride, it made leaving Finland behind easier. Of course, leaving Finland was difficult, especially leaving the people!

During the day I got to see 3 different airports, which was nice and boring at the same time. My first flight was from Helsinki-Vantaa to Frankfurt. The changing time in Frankfurt was only 50mins, and I was quite nervous about it. It was my first time ever changing the plane and I hadn't heard so many good things about the airport. Some people say it can be quite confusing. I thought it was quite clear and 50mins sure was enough time to move from the place A to the place B. My second stop was in Wien. I had to spend over two hours there, and yes I’m thankful for the free WiFi.

The last stop was Thessaloniki. When the plane was landing, I was admiring the beautiful view of the sea. It looked exactly as I thought Greece would look like. It made me smile. All my flights were by Lufthansa, and I consider it as a good company for flying. I know they have had a few strikes these past few weeks, but those didn't affect my traveling at all.

All the time I thought my suitcase wouldn't arrive to its destination at the same time with me because of having so many flights. I was happily surprised when I saw my suitcase coming to me. Then there was rush to get to my tutor’s car quickly, because there’s a free parking at the airport for 30mins. The first thing I noticed was how similar the driving style is to Turkey. I was in Turkey back in 2010, and noticed the same organized chaos. I mean traffic in Finland seems so safe compared to the one in Greece. People don’t obey the speed limits, horns are used a lot, parking is crazy etc. I’m not saying driving in Finland is perfect because it surely isn't. Here I trust local drivers, I mean for them it's a well organized chaos. 

Finally at around 4:30pm I arrived to my studio apartment and signed the rent agreement. It's not the kind of a studio that I was hoping for, but that will be another story. I'm thankful for my tutor for giving me a ride to this flat, I'm not so sure if I would have found it by myself. 

When I was finally alone I noticed how tired I was emotionally and physically. I hadn't slept for a long time, so I was graving for some sleep. Instead of that I had to go grocery shopping due to stores being closed on Sunday. Later I ended up staying up late due to having so many thoughts in my mind. It was a difficult evening, but I made it. People who I talked with that evening made me feel a lot better, so thank you!

That conducts my first day of being an Erasmus student. More stories shall follow. 

A night view from my balcony.




Friday, 26 September 2014

Mail for the past few weeks

Hello everyone!

This will be my last mail update from Finland for a while as I'm moving to Greece tomorrow. I'm scared and excited at the same time. :)  :S

A few stamps:







And a few postcards: 

ISRAEL

ISRAEL


TAIWAN

CHINA

RUSSIA

During the weeks I sent letters to:
- Almante, Lithuania
- Ida, Norway

and received a letter from:
- Laura, United Kingdom

I will let you guys know if I receive any letters to Finland when I'm in Greece, tho I don't know if I will be able to reply them.

Feel free to contact me through facebook, skype, email, etc. :)


Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Reflecting Last Summer

Back in April I wrote down the things I wanted to achieve this summer. Next Summer
Now I'm going to reflect what I actually did.

Travel somewhere, outside of Finland
- I went to Poland 27.4.-2.5.2014. Had a great time there! 


Write as many letters as possible 
- I ended up writing less letters than I thought, which makes me feel sad, like I would have neglected my dearest hobby of all time. 

Spend as much time as possible on summer cottages 
- I spend lots of time at our summer cottage because we were painting the outdoor walls. I absolutely love spending time at a summer cottage! 


Meet friends that I haven't seen for a long time
- I did hang out with friends, tho not as much as I was planning to. 

Read at least one book
- I read zero books during the summer. Oops. 

Watch all my favourite movies
- Watched my favourite Finnish movie twice; 'Tyttö sinä olet tähti'.

Earn some money
- I worked 3.5 months on a grave yard, both in Kalvola and Hämeenlinna. 

Wake up early enough to see the beautiful summer mornings
- I woke up quite early every week day morning, but didn't really see the sunrise. 

No stress about anything, please 
- There were things that I stressed about, but mainly I was having fun and enjoying the summer.

Learn how to use a chainsaw 
- No, I didn't even try to use it.

Attend running events and get over the finish line
- Helsinki City Run, May 10th
- Military Run, June 7th

Pick up berries and mushrooms
- I didn't go to pick up any berries nor mushrooms. 

Stay up for a whole night
- On Midsummer I got pretty close to it. 


Swim in a lake and sea
- I swam in a lake a lot, and once in the sea. 

Eat a lot of ice cream
- There's no doubt of me not eating ice cream.


Laugh a lot
- Laughing is a part of me, couldn't live without laugh.

Go outside when it's raining 
- Yeah, I had to work in the rain on the grave yards. 

Look through all the photo albums that we have and take many new pictures 
- Check! 

Change the wallpapers in my room
- I did renovate my room during the summer :) 



Get an acceptance to be an exchange student during the fall semester
- I'm going to be in Thessaloniki, Greece from Sept 27th to Feb 2nd. 

Try out new recipes
- I didn't really bake or cook that much. 

Not to get sunburned
- Like this could ever happen, I always get sunburned at some point. 

Meet my relatives
- Of course, I had some nice moments with my relatives

Celebrate my birthday in a nice way
- Had a small party at my dad's. 


Start doing biking trips with my new bicycle
- This didn't happen due to being so busy after work and all other things that I had to do. 

TO BE HAPPY 

- I had a great summer and I was happy even though it was full of ups and downs. 






Sunday, 14 September 2014

A Week of Mail nr. 37


Received the nice postcard from Canada and also a letter from: 
- Ilona, Latvia 

One letter was send to: 
- Amit, Israel 








Have a nice Sunday evening!!

Friday, 5 September 2014

Erasmus exchange (video) + Mail

Hello! (:

I wanted to tell you guys about my up coming fall in a video form. Sorry for the video shaking a bit!

video



Now to the mail update, letters were sent to:
- Ayaka, Japan
- Sabrina, Italy
- Thilini, Sri Lanka

and received from:
- Mari-Liis, Estonia
- Catarina, Portugal
- Emilia, Finland

I also received a few postcrossing cards.

CANADA

USA

USA

TAIWAN

Stamps of the week: 











ENJOY THE WEEKEND!! :)



Thursday, 4 September 2014

Some Days in August


At the beginning of August I spent few days at a summer cottage in Ylämaa. (: I absolutely love going there, especially if some relatives come there as well. It's such a nice place, where I can simply relax, swim, take a sauna, barbecue and just be!

Here are some pics that I took during the days at the cottage.











And few pics from granny's garden: 







Need to wait for the next summer to experience this all again! :)