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My first two months in Finland went by in a flash. It still feels like it was yesterday when I arrived here in Pori and I was freezing in the train station. Now, I am still freezing but maybe its because its 15°C colder than it was then.
This time I would prefer to use pictures to tell you how I pass my time here:
All in all, I am having the best time of my life. I have the opportunity to travel, to learn a new language and to meet people from all over the world and that makes me so happy. I still miss home and my friends, but here I believe I am making great memories and I am learning and doing stuff that I wouldn´t be able to do anywhere else. I love the nature and despite me hating winter I truly love how Finland looks covered in snow. I am still dreaming of summer, though.
P.S – Thanks to everyone who has made this experience so extraordinary for me. I hope that EVS continues to exist and even more poeple are able to experience what I am right now. See you soon 😉
It has been 10 days since I came to Pori, Finland. At first, I was thinking that it could not be so much different than my home country Bulgaria, but now I see how unfamiliar everything here is for me and I LOVE IT! I arrived at the late hours on the 5thof September or maybe it is more right to say on the early hours of the 6th. I was tired after 16 hours of travelling and dreaming about a shower and a bed, but even then I couldn’t not notice how breathtaking the city I was going to live in was.
My first actual day started with a tour of the city. I saw every spectacular building and view I had only glimpsed at, the previous evening and one thought ran around my mind – “I am so blessed to be here. The 9 months I was applying for an EVS were worth it. I AM GOING TO BE LIVING HERE FOR A YEAR!!!”
The second day I was here, I tried the bike and it was hilarious. It turned out I couldn’t reach the pedals – the bike was too big for me. Thankfully, my flatmate was taller than me and we changed the bikes. That wasn’t the end, though. I was riding the bike like a drunkard and I was constantly on the verge of running into a person, another bike or into a car. Also, because I am short and the smaller bike is still kind of tall for me, the only way I could go down from it is by jumping, which resulted in the bike falling a couple of times and bending my basket on one such fall.
Up until now, I have had two lessons in Finnish, which is great because before them I couldn’t understand even one word of what the people around me were saying. It is strange realizing that for a long time no one around you will be speaking in your mother tongue. So now, I can count in Finnish, I know the alphabet and I can greet you, which is definitely more than what I knew before coming. As I am speaking about languages, I also learn new stuff in Italian as my flatmate, Cristina, who by the way is also writing in this blog, is Italian. However, what is probably the most amusing thing for me connected to languages is actually teaching people here about the Cyrillic. As it is a completely different alphabet than the one they are used to and as there are some sounds you cannot find in any other, it is great hearing them trying to pronounce Bulgarian words and explaining the way the sounds should be made.
Now, let us get down to business or so to say. For the last couple of days I have mostly visited the different youth houses and gotten to know the youth leaders there. I am slowly but surely getting used to the bike and navigating throughout the city. It’s kind of hard getting to know the youths and interacting with them due to the reason that we do not speak their language and most of them are unsure about their English and because of that they refuse to use it. I am hoping that once, we know more of the language and had spent more time with them, they would open up and it will be easier to communicate.
What I absolutely love about Finland is how perfectly well nature and architecture blend together.
Thank you so much for the time and attention you gave while reading my ramblings about my experience here. I hope you will continue reading as next time I will write about my first month here in Finland and do not hesitate to ask me if you have any questions regarding EVS, Bulgaria or you just want to talk about whatever.
I´m Cristina, I´m from Italy and I´ll be an Evs volunteer in Finland for the next 12 months.
In Italy I´ve collaborated for one year with the Eurodesk Center of my area and, within my tasks, I had to do a lot of meetings with the guys in the High Schools near Verona, my city.
I explained to teenagers all the countless opportunities of the Erasmus+ Plan, and every time I spoke with them about the Evs something weird happened to my mind.
I was thinking about all these amazing and different projects in all the countries of the European Union, and I thought how an experience like that could have been such an incredible adventure. On July, in a really warm day of the Italian summer, my attention was enchanted by an Evs opportunity in Finland.
I had been in Finland five years ago for a family journey and it was a journey that I will carry in my heart forever .
So I read the project, it was great and it fitted on my skills at the perfection, so I thought, why not?
The first days in Finland were a little bit difficult for my state of mind, different country, new people, different weather, different customs and all that for one year.
After the first week that feeling of confusion started to disappear to leave place to a spirit of discover this incredible country, so beautiful and unique.
This is my third week in Finland and it is going better day after day.
Me and my flatmate, Verzhinia, a Bulgarian girl who is doing the Evs with me, are introducing ourselves into the different activities, meeting the youngsters and the youth workers in the Pori´s Youth Houses.
The first impressions about the work were really positive and I´m really excited to see what is waiting for me here in Finland.
I will try to fulfill my purposes and my expectations from this experience living 100% every day here, meeting new people, travelling, learning a new language and having a lot of fun!
Pictures of the amazing finnish landscapes