Sometimes you move so fast that you don’t even realize you’re moving.
This is what the past three days have been like since I left the country. In case you didn’t know, I’ve decided to extend my studies abroad for a month into the country of Finland. Before starting school, I had some time to explore the area. This past weekend I stayed in a hostel in the city of Helsinki before making my way into Jyväky1lä for my study abroad program at JAMK University. There I met all the international students from SJSU as well as students from all over the world. The weekend was meant entirely for the students’ free time, so many of us decided to get together and explore the city. After being in Helsinki for two days, here are my first impressions:
- The weather reminds of the Bay Area, but much more colder and windier.
- Finland has quality beer. I’d have to kick out some of my favorite American beers for some here. My favorite is Lapin Kulta.
- 11PM in Finland means 7PM in the Bay Area.
- Probably one of the cleanest airs I have ever breathed.
- The night life is hectic fun. This may be also be because I went on a weekend when many college students were graduating from Universities, which is a big deal here in Finland. It calls for elaborate celebrations and drunk Finnish teens.
- I never thought that I would have Reindeer as a meal.
- Medieval architecture is immense and lovely.
- 11PM in Finland means 7PM in the Bay Area (Yup, I know I put this twice. Got to emphasize because it’s very trippy).
- Finnish employees have genuinely kind customer service
These are some of the things that stood out to me while I was here. I can’t judge now, and I’m going to have to come back to this post after a month…but I would seriously move to Finland. From the weather and the people to the lifestyle, it speaks Markymethod. But then again, this is Finland in the Summer. I don’t know if I could deal with the long, dark winters. I may have to come back later during that season to make that call. Either way, Helsinki rocks.