My Erasmus exchange is LESS THAN A MONTH AWAY!!! Crazy! I thought I’d share where I am in the process right now with you guys. Going on an exchange is way harder than just getting on a plane and going.
So far I have done the following:
- Applied in my home university for the exchange.
- Applied to Kempten UAS.
- Done a language assessment test.
- Done a bunch of “GoAbroad” assignments: essays, powerpoints and budgets…
- Applied for housing in Kempten
- Had a huge headache thinking about courses to take, how to get money and everything else in my school and daily life that will be put on hold during my exchange. <— this has been the hardest so far. It sucks having a nice apartment, less than a year left of your studies and a job and just getting up and leaving. It’s a huge inconvenience but I know I won’t regret it.
And I still have to:
- Book plane tickets.
- Check up my scholarship
- …..write about 10 pages on my thesis and a bunch of assignments for school.
Hey guys! I just got my acceptance letter to Kempten University!!! I’m so excited but I’m a bit stressed out. I have one week of school left, a trip to Tallinn, a Christmas to celebrate and having to find time to work.
January and February I’ll just be working to save money for my exchange, which kind of sucks but it will be worth it. Right know one of my priorities is also to get some assignments done which are looooooong overdue. I have been seeing deadlines more like guidelines lately which means pretty much nothing has been done for school in a while.
And they put up the Christmas tree here in Turku a while ago, sadly the snow has melted away… I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a white Chrismas this year!
Gdansk was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G-!! I have to admit I didn’t have too high hopes about the city and I really don’t know why. I think it’s because I just don’t see myself going to Poland because I barely know anything about Poland! Which is awful, there is really no excuse for being ignorant about the world around me and it’s something I try to work on every single day of my life.
Back to Gdansk, Gdansk was huge! It’s almost the same size as Helsinki!! The houses were stunning in the old town. All of them were colorful and had a special kind of architecture. Gdansk was also cheap (compared to Finland!), the food was tasty and the people we came in contact with were friendly.
I have 2 things to complain about though.
I couldn’t find any fresh milk to put in my coffee, not sure if I looked in the wrong places or if milk just isn’t a thing in Poland? I was offered some powdered milk though, not really the same as fresh milk.
We also had a terrible experience at a restaurant on our last night eating out. I have worked as a waitress and most of my friends have similar experiences so we really knew how much the restaurant was in the wrong. We decided to be nice and tip the waiter anyway, because we had literally been in his shoes. But he proceeded to yell at us because he thought he deserved more than the 10% tip we gave him. By then we all just decided to leave and conclude it being the worst restaurant experience any of us had ever had.
I’m back from Gdansk! I have lots to tell you guys but for now this video I did will have to do.
Today I got to experience something totally new for me, being a tour guide! I have to confess I was a bit nervous in the beginning, especially when the buss drove away and I was standing with a group of strangers on the street… Luckily I had a classmate with me so I didn’t have to do it alone.
We showed them around Turku by foot and gave some background information about important landmarks. Let me just tell you this, there is SO much more you need to know than just the information and route!
- What do you do with people who walk slower than snails??? Are you supposed to chase them? Do you have to stop and wait every 100 meters??
- What about cranky people who don’t enjoy the tour? When you’re showing amazing views and they refuse to smile and just huff and look at their watch. Ouch.
- What do you do when people ask you weird questions that you really don’t know the answer to? There is always going to be that one question you can’t answer!
- Counting how many people are part of the group is a great idea, and do it in the beginning! Wondering if someone got left behind sucks.
Those were just 4 of the many things we were thinking about after our tour was over. I bet experienced guides have a few tips and tricks, but being a total rookie we sure didn’t know!
Gdansk it is! This November we’re going there, our whole class and I’m in the project that organizes the whole thing. Let me tell you this, booking for a group of 16 is a bit different. We still have to find somewhere to live and activities for the trip so the work is far from over!