Hi, I am a student from Germany, arrived in Tampere at 1 August. I landed in Helsinki and took the Express Bus. Because this is my first time in Finland, anyway in a Scandinavian country I was really excited. During the drive with the bus I noticed the landscape, there are big differences to my home country. Much more woods and so less cities. My first real contact to a Finn was the guy from Airbnb, by whom I booked two nights to stay. Against all odds, which was formed from guidebooks I read before, he was really open minded and talkative. He picked me up at the bus station, brought me to his apartment and then walked with me through the city center and took me to Café Europa. I heard from the prices for alcohol before, anyway I was shocked.
The next day I explored Tampere on my own, checked how to get to TAMK for the Summer School starting the next day. My feelings about Tampere were pretty good. I thought, that it is a lovely city and I will enjoy the stay here. To orientate was easy. From TAMK back to the city center I wanted to take the bus, but nobody told me that I have to wave at the bus drivers. Second shock! – as the bus just went past. In my own town the bus still stops always, if somebody is waiting at the bus stop.
At my first day in Tampere I explored lovely places in the town and also learned more about differences from my home country. Prepared with this knowledge I began the Basics of Finnish Course the next day, looking forward to learn more about Tampere.
Text and photos: Vanessa Rodewald