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If I could turn back time

“If I could turn back time”, sang Cher many years ago. I believe, we all have the same feeling sometimes, a wish of being able to take a few steps back and perhaps do something differently (or left undone). Here in Finland we have our opportunity to turn back time and to re-live one hour […]

Originally posted on jimmynotjames:
Our 2nd month in Jyväskylä…… To say things started gently would be an understatement.  The first few weeks were great for settling into the apartment (all 20m2 of it), finding the best student cafes (probably Ilokivi if you can handle the wait) and getting lost in a city where it is near impossible to…

Foreigners

Well, Taking advantage of the problems I had with my last post and taking into account Aulis’s suggestions, this time I’ll try to write about a little bit more academic stuff. Studying and living with people from other countries and traveling abroad is a totally new experience for me and it has been a little […]

We are a Family

Chi Yang I have been in Jyvaskyla, Finland for a about one month. 24,August was such an unforgettable day in my life, because I left my family, friends and boyfriend to a totally unfamiliar countryFinland. And I will start a new life here in Jyvaskyla! For the first few days, my Chinese neighbors and student tutor Hillamaria helped me a lot to settle down and manage a daily life here. And what I felt most exciting and happy thing was the meeting for my new classmates in the SpoSMapro. It’s my first time to study abroad and of course the first time to be among an international group. They really impressed me a lot. First, we study together and have a good interaction with each other. Specially in the social interaction skill course. We find out our similarities in one group such as sharing our same goal to graduate from JYU among the whole group. We have certain stereotypes towar d each culture. However we are still enjoying the surprise as a gift from the cultural shock. Second, we play together and have nice experiences after class.We go to parties, bars , pizza houses together in our leisure time. We would like to know more about each other. We come from six different countries, Finland, Germany, Holland, Britain, Columbia, China. However destiny lets us meet here in the city of Jyvaskyla. We cherish this precious friendship among our group, gradually finding our identity as one member of this international family. Third, we celebrate together and have a wonderful night to celebrate my birthday. I was moved when I opened the door to see my dear classmates standing outside with a basket of gifts. They are lovely persons and lovely birthday presents as well.The Chinese red wine made me feel at home and Finnish marshmallows are so nice.We celebrated in my country’s style. We ate some dumplings that night and played a game that was once very popular in China. Interesting stories always have ups and downs. That day I imagined everything was going well, however I got sick that night and had to lie on bed at once to have a good rest. Everybody cared me a lot, thoughwe had to end that birthday party so early. I got so many blessing words the day after the party. I felt honored and happy to have this big family! Now let’s pass on the custom of our family. Would you like some Finnish marshmallows,  Mexican Nachos, Dutch lasagna or Chinese dumplings ?  

“A day without laughter is a day wasted”

Three different experiences… Time flies by so fast, all I have to say. It has been over a month moving in to Jyväskylä and almost four weeks of starting the studies here as well. A lot has happened ever since and the studies have been keeping us all very busy for sure. No more lazy […]