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.
Can you guys understand that 2016 is almost over? It feels like it’s still …2008! The years go by way to fast. I spent Christmas with my family in Vaasa and now I’m back in Southern Finland again for work.
Right now I’m pretty sick, which absolutely sucks. It’s the third time this month I’m sick and I’m pretty sure it is due to stress. Stress is not usually something I react to, but I’ve been working, traveling, trying to find time to see friends and going to school this past month. There is only so much you can do in 24 hours and I can imagine it’s taking it’s toll.
Hopefully I will feel better sooner than later!
I had a chance to visit the Christmas Market in Tallinn a few days ago. Tallinn is famous for having the first Christmas tree! 1441 is the year it appeared, if the legend is true…
The Christmas market was very cute, it had a lot of traditional handicrafts, candy and of course Glögg. In Tallinn Glögg contains alcohol more often than not, so make sure to check before purchasing what kind it is you’re getting. Make sure to taste the blueberry glögg, it’s a bit exotic! (But in my opinion the normal one is better!)
The market has a lot of cool performances on the stage. If that’s something you think you would enjoy make sure to check before what time the performances are.
I absolutely recommend the market if you happen to be in Tallinn during Christmas! It’s a great experience and gives a good look into Estonias culture and crafts.
Hello everyone! This morning we got up at 5:30 am and started driving towards Helsinki’s harbor where we took the boat over to Tallinn, Estonia! I have to admit I was a bit shocked about the boat, I haven’t been on many cruises but this one would have to be the worst one yet. Luckily it only took us 2 hours to get from Helsinki to Tallinn, so it didn’t matter that the ride over sucked!
So far we’ve had time to dine out twice, visit the old town twice and go shopping twice! I’m exhausted and I was thrilled to be able to take a bath and drink some hot chocolate when I got back to the hotel!
Tomorrow is going to be a loooooong day, we’ll be hitting the gym in the early morning before getting some breakfast and heading to the Christmas market! Hopefully we’ll have time to go to the old town for a third time before the boat leaves for Helsinki in the evening.
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.