I traveled to Tampere by plane. First I arrived to Helsinki, then I transferred to Tampere. The second time I had the opportunity to sit right next to the window. What I saw was so amazing, I can’t even put that into words. Trees! Trees everywhere! Oh, and don’t forget the lakes! There were so many of them, every time I looked I could count at least five of them from the sky. And there were very small ones, just poking through the pine trees, and giant ones, mirroring the sunshine even more.
I felt welcomed from my first step at Tampere Airport. That huge ‘Welcome to Tampere!’ superscription helped me a lot in that. And of course, my tutor, who was so kind to take me home by car, and getting my keys for the appartement, not to mention the Survival Kit. She even helped me to get my bus card the next day.
I really like the weather here. In Hungary, where I´ve come from, we had the temperature above 30 degrees for weeks! It is so refreshing to have just 20 degrees, and the sun just shining warmly, not scorching.
I also like the sound of Finnish language, but whether we have Finnish-Hungarian kinship or not, I can’t understand it. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a chance to participate in the Summer School programme, but I’m sure I’ll learn many things here, even from Finnish language.
On the first evening I really felt like I need to have a little walk in the nearby forest. There is one, just next to our house. Oh, and not just one. There are many more, as I know it by now. So, I went there, and was astonished by the beauty of it. The sun was already starting to set, but it shined through the pine trees with golden light. The landsape looked just like I was imagining the forests in the fairy tales or in fantasy stories in my childhood.
Since that day I also had a chance to discover more things. For example, the beautiful Keskustori, the amazing panorama from Näsinneula Tower, or the outdoor concert of Tampere Filharmonia.
Tampere (and Finland with it) seems to be a strange place for me, but not in a bad way. Exactly the opposite. I feel like I must discover as much as possible during the four months I am lucky to spend here. 🙂
Text and photos: Anikó Naszvadi