The end of April means the beginning of spring and Finnish students celebrate it very hard. There are events the whole week; the city is full of students who are dressing in their overalls (also a Finnish student tradition, each faculty has their own color).
BBQīs, rowing competitions, partybus, parties, mobile sauna, sparkling wine, traditional food and drinks are all part of the celebration that ends with a picnic on May 1st. Vappu is a remarkable event because itīs the end of a long wait and the “outdoors monthsī have arrived.
One of the most memorable nights in Finland was the night when the menīs ice hockey team won the World Championship. Downtown was full of people screaming, hugging and cars honking … Finnish flags were waving proudly because Finland won the golden medal, but most importantly they won against Sweden 6-1! I donīt know what made Finns happier, winning the world championship, because ice hockey is the most important sport or crushing Sweden, the eternal rival & enemy. I have never seen Finns so happy, smiley and hugging each other like that night …it was a nice experience to see Finnish people so expressive and of course we became part of the celebration …
Some of my friends are leaving soon, so we decided to make a trip to Hailuoto to share a weekend together. Hailuoto is an island in the Gulf of Bothnia, approximately 50 km from Oulu. We went there by ferry but during winter itīs also possible to reach the island by the ice road through the sea, which can be an exciting experience.
The place is so peaceful and gorgeous sunset delighted our eyes that evening. The range of colors on the sky completely stunned me … I would say that after northern lights, we witnessed the second most unforgettable sight in the sky.
And last but not the least, is that at the beginning of April I applied to the International Business programme and Iīve been accepted! The Master starts in September and itīs a two year programme. Now my plans have changed, 5 months have turned into 2 and half years! This is something that I didnīt expect, but Iīm so happy because this is a great opportunity to expand my knowledge in the business field and combine it with my Marketing background. Finland is well recognized for its high level education and this is definitely an international environment where I can develop my skills and enjoy another stage of student life. Other good new itīs that I got an extension on my job contract, so I will work during summer in Finland.
Next week Iīm going to Spain to visit some friends …
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