The first week in Helsinki, we had an introductory week to present the school, the city, how to move in Helsinki. We met our referent teacher and some student to help us. We resolved every administrative documents. Everybody was very nice with us.
The first week it was a class of all news erasmus students. There were person coming from Mexico, Holland, Germany, Cyprus, Belgium, South Korea, etc. It was so fun to see this mix of culture in a room. But the next week, the class was different, because we has been mixed with other student here since the last semester. Moreover, like we had the choice for the courses, we never aren't with the same person. It's not the same system in France.
Here the schedule is always the same. Generally, those are courses of 3 hours but it can vary according to the professor. For me, I have class Monday (8h-10h & 12h30-15h30), Tuesday (10h-11h30 & 13h-15h) and Thursday (9h-11h). I chose an intensive course, that I have had the two first week the Friday (13h-20h).
Concerning the holidays, we have had two week in february (22-6) and one week in march (29-3).
The problem that I met, it's here almost everybody is in third or fourth year, so they have the foundations, so it's more difficult to understand and to apply certain thing, so less interesting.
The famous monument in Helsinki (Part 5)
We can continuous with the TEMPPELIAUKION KIRKKO is a church into ruck, built in 1969 by SUOMALAINEN's brothers. It is really surprising to see that, the church is small. Inside: nave into granite, 180 windows, exceptional acoustic.
Now we go in a park in front of the baltic sea to see the SIBELIUS-MONUMENTTI. It's an art work of E. HILTUNEN in 1967, in tribute to J. SIBELIUS (compositor). You can see a tree of 600 silver pipes, which can produce noise thanks to the wind.
When you are in Finland, you note that Finns are honest, for example in the train nobodies try to fraud. But also, the punctuality is important, when you have a meeting, a appointment with the doctor or a reservation in a restaurant, it is important to arrive at time.
The modesty is a a significant value in Finland, people tend not to distinguish themselves in a group, they avoid bragging.
Concerning the gender equality, women and men are equal, there isn't discrimination. It's common for Finnish women to work even if she has children. Men and women are both responsible for the care of the children and the home.
- SKABMAGOVAT: The third week on January, there is the aboriginal film festival, in Inari, in Sami.
- Celebration of RUNEBERG: The 5th of February, dedicated to the famous national poet. They fly the flat and eat the 'Runeberg cake' made with almond and Rum.
- TERVAHIIHTO: During March, in Oulu, there is a competition of cross-country ski, dating back over than a century.
- The Reindeer Race: The last Weekend of March, in Lapland
- PAASIAINEN: Easter Sunday, the Finns go to the church, make painting on eggs and eat mämmi. The previous Sunday, the children dress up as witches and 'bless' the neighbor who gave their candies.
- BIENNALE in Tampere: Just the even-numbered year, this festival celebrate the new finnish's music.
- VAPPU: The May 1, dedicated for students and employees, show the beginning of Summer. The most of Finns make picnic in parks.
- JUHANNUS: Saint-Jean is the bigger celebration during the weekend next to the 21 June. Finns go to campaign, dance around Joy lights to celebrate the longest day.
- Helsinki PAIVA: The 12th of June, celebration of Helsinki with a lot of manifestation and activities around the Esplanade Park.
- RUISROCK: The oldest rock festival of Finland, during the beginning of July on an island next to Turku.
- UNIKEONPAIVA: In July, in Naantali, the laziest (often the mayor or other important person) is thrown into the sea early in the morning.
- Neste Oil Rally Finland: In Jyväskylä, during the beginning of august, there is the local race world championship.
- SIIRRETTAVIEN SAUNOJEN: During August, there is a competition of sauna construction.
- Market of Herring: The first week of october, the traditional outdoor market in Helsinki since 1743.
- ITSENAISYYSPAIVA: The 6th of December, the Independence Day with fireworks and concerts.