We are heading into the last week of October, it’s crazy to think that it has been almost two months since I moved to Jyväskylä. This was definitely a new experience for me; although I have been on exchange before and traveled to different countries around the world this was the first time I had been to a country where English was no the native language. While on the campus and with our group I have not had to make to many adaptations, and it was easy to get into a routine. Outside of the campus the language was a large challenge in the beginning, but with six weeks of Suomi 1 under my belt it is easier to have basic interactions at grocery stores, restaurants, and the bar in Finnish. Not having to use Google Translate while walking up and down the aisles of the grocery store is a huge plus.
One of the best times since arriving hear happened last Monday, it was Canadian Thanksgiving and we decided to have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to celebrate. I was feeling a little bit of pressure as the group was looking for me for guidance of cooking and recipes, but I had never cooked a Thanksgiving dinner before. Maria was the host of the event and everyone pitched in around the kitchen to cook chicken, stuffing, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, pumpkin and sweet potato soup, and of course desert, which consisted of a pumpkin pie and an apple pie, made my Hanna and a chocolate cake made by Philipp. The time spent in the kitchen was full of lots of laughs, some wine, some confusion trying to convert American recipes into metric measurements, and more wine. Despite no previous experience in cooking a Thanksgiving dinner it all turned out excellent. The evening was fun from the cooking in the kitchen to enjoying it around the table with some wine. The evening ended with everyone being to full to move and simply lying on the couches and floor for a while before a game of triominoes finally broke out to end the night. I was really appreciative of everyone for wanting to take part in a Canadian holiday, and I had lots of fun sharing this tradition with the group.
This past week saw us welcomed back from the break with back-to-back exams on Monday and Tuesday. Having survived this we were able to turn our attention back to the other large project, which is getting closer and closer, the Moose Cup.
As a program our current challenge is the organizing and running of the Moose Cup Floorball Tournament, all the members of our program have taken on leadership roles within the various groups of the organizing team. This has worked well, as we are becoming familiar with one another’s working habits we are able to successfully work together towards staging a successful event. On Sunday evening we arranged for free admission to the Happee game for all the individuals in our class so that everyone would become more familiar with floorball. The turn out was less than ideal but it was still a good opportunity to become familiar with the sport.
All in all things are going well in Jyväskylä and I can definitely say that I am glad that I made the decision to move to Finland and take this program.