How can it be ended?
We have been living in Tampere for three months and a half. It could seem a long time but in fact we still have the feeling that out first day was yesterday. How can it be possible? Maybe the reason is that we have been experiencing new situations all time, meeting new people and challenging ourselves with different cultures and different languages. We think everything we’ve lived here has made us grow as persons, which before embarking on this adventure we didn’t thought about it!
Party of Vappu
We know that we are not Finnish but obviously we would like to enjoy typical events from Finland or from Tampere like Party of Vappu. Because of that, all exchange students decided to meet in front of the Tampere’s river, lying on the grass and to watch how new university students are being submerged in the river’s cold water.
What surprised us most was the fact that at the end of the festival all students who organized the event began to collect and clean the park to leave it as it was before any party. In Spain these things do not happen…
Thanks to our Erasmus we have had to opportunity of travelling with marvellous people! One of the incredible trips was Tallinn. It wasn’t the longest one, in fact it was the shortest one, we only spend one night there, but it was enough for many things to happen, starting for the ferry problems, as we had lost the first one because we were at the wrong terminal twice. But at the end we reached Tallinn and we had so much fun during that night there and the journey back to Tampere.
Someone said sauna and ice swimming?
Of course we couldn’t go from Finland without trying the famous sauna and ice swimming! So thanks to our teachers from TAMK we had the opportunity to do it and made our farewell party.
At the beginning the idea of swim in the cold water from the lake of Tampere scare us a little bit but after getting into the hot sauna and sweat a lot we need at least deep us in the cold and good water. So for us it was a great experience, even some of exchange students repeat it more than once! It will be another thing that we will miss when we’ll be back home…
We are going to miss you
Of course we are going to miss you. We are going to miss your lakes, your sunrises, your sunsets, your cold, your forests, your beers and Karl Fazer chocolates. And I remark on Karl Fazer, probably chocolate with milk and strawberries was our favourite one.
Tampere has been the nucleus of our Erasmus and our home for some months. After being travelling for some days and because of that being very tired, we didn’t thought in returning back to Spanish home we were just thinking in returning back to our flat in Tampere, our new home.
Doesn’t anyone share the opinion that have had the feeling that Tampere was home is not the perfect consequence of having had a perfect Erasmus?
Tampere in our retinas
Now we are back in Barcelona, with our family and lifelong friends. Many of these people think we were brave to undertake this wonderful experience and opportunity because they think that these four months we have just travelled, went out for party and made friends around the world.
But only those who have lived the experience as we will know how difficult it has been to solve those problems in college, practices and accommodation in a language that is not ours. Nor they know what it was for us when we saw photos of family and friends having fun, realizing all the moments that we were missing.
But time passes quickly and we realize that all problems have solutions, they are not afraid to take the bus because we use Google maps; we also learn to go to the supermarket and buy only those things we need. We discover that every day is a new adventure.
The most important thing about this experience is that all these challenges can’t be achieved without the help of those special people who’re recognizing throughout the adventure. They end up being your family. Thanks to all these people we are more humble, generous and open to different cultures and ways of thinking.
Time goes too fast, we have learned to make the most of every day, see new places, try different food, but now we are already adapted have to say goodbye. Goodbye to our new friends, favourite places, food we liked, all the memories we have built…
At this point in our Erasmus, we wander among so many feelings that we do not know how to express them. We still longing for people waiting for us at home, more with each passing second. But also we started to miss the new friends that we have not yet fired. Many probably will not ever see them again and the feeling of helplessness that generates is so strong that sometimes do not know if we want or prefer to follow Erasmus forever. In the retina we have stuck the most beautiful corners of Tampere, Helsinki and Tallinn, in the ear a couple of dialects… and in the heart, them. Because during the Erasmus we realize that building our unique experience are not the most beautiful cities on the planet, parties or approved by the face (also good) but the people with whom you share…
So everything depends on us to continue to build new memories in different cities with our new family. Therefore this is not a goodbye but a see you soon!
Kiitos paljon Suomi!
Text and photos: Georgina Ros Branson and Elisabet Ferrando Sanchez