Last adventure on our ERASMUS trip, Welcome in Russia, come with us :
Last adventure on our ERASMUS trip, Welcome in Russia, come with us :
I just made a short videos with some pictures from our trip to lapland, you can watch it here:
Erasmus in Finland is over but, for our happiness we need a little souvenir !
As you already know we spent some time travelling around Finland and we also spent a week in Tallinn. But that not all, you know now that Francois went to Russia, however I did not join him there. Another opportunity has been presented to me; I had then chosen to not follow them in this trip (in Russia) though I have the opportunity earlier to make a cruise to Stockholm in Sweden.
This trip has been organized by ESN Finland.
What is ESN Finland? Well ESN Finland is a national student’s organization working towards international students and mobility.
First let’s speak about the time we spent on the boat. When we arrive on board the first thing we have done there was visiting the boat, it was pretty impressive. The commodore rooms were very luxurious. In the Boat there are many stores, bars, two clubs, a casino, there is also a swimming pool with Jacuzzi and Sauna.
Then during the day we decided to go on the deck in order to enjoy the sea air and the sun.
But most of the time spend on the boat was dedicated to party’s. I think you can imagine what can give a boat full of students (Some Amazing Party’s).
So what about Stockholm you will say!!! We spend one day visiting the city, a very nice one, I especially liked the old town.
Let‘s make a bit of history about Stockholm. The earliest written mention of Stockholm dates from 1252, the city has been founded by Berger Jarl to protect Sweden from sea invasions by foreign navies. At the beginning the city was only located in one little ice land, the one of the old town. But the city increased quite fast. Stockholm became the capital of Sweden in 1634, nowadays Stockholm is the political center of Sweden and also the city residence of the king.
The city of Stockholm is now the European capital of culture.
This trip was definitively the best that I did.
Now we will speak about another subject. If you remember we were talking about floor ball and the team of Seinajoki, they are today once again champions of Finland. Also a word about Ice Hockey, yesterday the third game of the playoff opponent Oulu and Tampere has finished by the defeat of Tampere thus Oulu finished champion of Finland and Tampere is placed at the second.
That’s all I wanted to tell you today.
Today we back to Finland after a visit to Russia , which was … A.M.A.Z.I.N.G ? We were 16 ERASMUS Students of Seinajoki to go to St.Petersburg. French, Spanish, German, Czech and Croatian. Nice People, Nice Trip in Amazing Country, I love Russia and Russian love us ! and now ! Идти (Idti : Go !)
The first picture is Russian limousine and the second is an panorama of St.Petersburg taken from the roof of the St. Isaac’s Cathedral.
Let’s go eat now !
In Russia, the money is the « Rubles » 1€ = 54R, so everyting is so cheap in Russian for us, european people. For example, the food in MacDonalds, Burger King or KFC is 3/4€ less expensive than in France… So, The tipical meal in Russia for foreigners is the Borscht and Russian pancakes.
The Borscht is a kind of soup with meat and vegetables , she’s very widespread since the Second World War.
Now, « Story Time ! » So, St. Petersburg is a city with a strong history inherited from the days when the Tsar reigned over Russia , now all the Tsar had constructed have become the world-famous monuments !
Statue and architecture representative of the epoch of Tsarism.
Let’s go to the Catherine Palace, the Palace of Tsar
The Palace was the favorite residence of the last Russian Tsar , Nicolas II , this is where the Tsarevich, The hemophiliac son of Nicolas II spent most of his time, it is also here that Rasputin has spent most of his time when he worked for the Empress.
Now look up the atmosphere in St.Petersburg : го́пник ? What is that ? Gopnik ! The Gopnik Party are kind of improvised evening passing in the street has St.Petersburg is very friendly and very popular with young people in Russia (and us, the foreign students! :D) I will show in the second video, an example of Gopnik at 3.00am….:)
Next, in Russia, since the economic crisis of the European sanctions, the ruble fell, which allowed us to buy a lot of things with little money. For example, a pack of cigarettes worth Russian 68R (€ 1.20 …), before the workers’ paradise, now the consumer’s paradise!
Finally, I would thank Bigland never enough – Open Your Russia for organizing this trip, and all my Spanish friends, French, German, Czech, Slovak for all the good times in Russia, my dream came true and with all happiness possible!
Nice trip, Nice People and My Dream is Over. ERASMUS Adventure is Over.
A few days ago I was in Tampere in order to visit the city at the same time we have visited some museum there one of this museum was dedicated to the Ice Hockey which remind me that I didn’t make any article about Ice Hockey at all. Even though Ice hockey is one of the most important sport in Finland.
Moreover I was already in Tampere before to attend a hockey game in Hakametsä Stadium, this is the first ice hockey stadium of Finland (It was built for the ice hockey world championships in 1965. Five other world championships have been organized there) I was there to see the match between Tappara (Tampere, here in blue) and karpat (Oulu, here in white).
This game had been won by Tappara, actually Karpat is the first of the league and Tappara the second.
What about the game? Awesome atmosphere, a fan team for Tappara singing for the victory of their team.
A mascot walking around the stadium, cheerleaders dancing during the match and between each period there are possible to go to drink or get something to eat in different bar, or simply tour the shop that the stadium offers.
Thanks to Ice Hockey museum I could learn more about origin of Ice Hockey.
The history of ice hockey is quite complicated. Various ball games played with sticks have been played for thousands of years, and natural conditions have beckoned players to the ice. Ball and ice games from both Europe and America had an impact on the emergence of ice hockey. The game evolved into its modern form in the eastern provinces of Canada in the 19th century. Ice Hockey became one of the major sports in Finland in 1990 thanks to the success achieved in world class events.
At the beginning of 2009 Ice Hockey became the top sport in Finland, during this year according to the Finnish Ice Hockey Association, the number of licensed players was over 63.000 and there were 200.000 active players.
sportingly, see you soon.
Few weeks ago Francois wrote our first article about Tallinn, now it’s my turn to speak to you about this city, this capital. As he said you our trip to Estonia and Tallinn have been organised by our self during our free week. We go there with other Erasmus students from all Europe.
Francois made you a geographic situation of Estonia, he spoke you to the Russian influence and a bit about food. I will speak you about the old town, the medieval old town, the historical center. In other words i will replace this city in the history.
The origins of Tallinn date to the 13th century, when a castle was built by the crusading knights of the Teutonic Order (a German medieval military order). It developed as a major center of the Hanseatic League.
What is Hanseatic League? The Hanseatic League was a commercial and defensive confederation of merchant guild and their market towns that dominated trade along the coast of Northern Europe. This League born in 13th century and she disappeared during the 17th century.
Today the old uptown stay the administrative center, the old town has preserved his role of central life of the city. Surprisingly the city being well conversed in spite of fires and wars which it has faced, thanks to that the old town as began a touristic area with his castle, its fortification but also its old medieval house.
This makes this city a very pleasant place to visit.
Moreover you can see people dressing like a medieval era
and you can also go to eat in some restaurant which reproduces the medieval atmosphere, eating has candle light with plate hand made in clay, you are served buy costumed people and in some of those restaurant you can heard some musicians playing with traditional instrument.
Tallinn is a very good place to visit, this trip was definitively amazing .
This week it was the holiday in Finland !
With foreign students with whom we hit , we decided to organize ourselves a little trip to Tallinn Capital of Estonia !
First, where is Estonia ? Estonia is one of three countries that the Baltic countries are called with Lithuania and Latvia , these countries are independent only since the fall of the Soviet Union, which explains the very old architecture of the Capita.
( Architecture makes this charm )
This country is very close to Finland ( 2h30 Ferry) and temperature that is much appreciable than in Finland !
In Estonia, the culture is the legacy of the era to which the country was still under Russian domination, we can see, for example, a beautiful Orthodox Cathedral is the Alexander Nevski Cathedral, built during the reign of Alexander III Tsar of Russia.
Half the residents of Tallinn are Russians, which explains the enormous diversity of the city.
There is the Estonian food, which is special but delicious!
This food is due to the body and is relatively inexpensive (4€ for a pancake)
it is sold in Tallinn tea rooms which are very numerous and mostly relatively beautiful,
with a Russian style.
To finish this first part of our trip to Tallinn, we can say :
How could people go to Finland without saying a few words about Sauna? As a matter of fact, Sauna is a Finnish word, and probably the only word of this language which become part of the world’s vocabulary.
Throughout history many civilizations (Roman, Greek, Scandinavian, etc…) have been using sweat baths for hygienic and medicinal purposes. The first Sauna as we know appears in Finland in the 5th century when northern European tribes abandoned their nomadic lifestyle and settled down.
Today in Finland there is more Saunas than cars. To give you a quantity, Finland has more or less two millions Saunas. Every Finnish person has access to a sauna; they often have one in their own house or at least in a shared facility in an apartment block. You can even see Saunas in the parliament.
The Finns think that Sauna are for business as much as for leisure, they believe that due to its social nature and relaxing effect, the sauna is an great place for doing business. It’s not uncommon for them to make some political meetings into a sauna.
For us it could be a little bit difficult to understand and maybe a little bit strange to think we can make business in those Saunas and especially when you know that they are all naked in the sauna. It is true I have forgotten to mention before that in Finland you have to go naked in the sauna.
To speak about my own experience in the Finnish sauna: I went in two different types of saunas.
The first sauna was only for men so you have to go naked into the sauna. In general men and women are separated for the sauna; this could be a problem especially when you know that they make some meetings in sauna.
The second one is part of a special activity called Ice swimming; this one is mixed so you wear a swimsuit. You first spend some time into the sauna and then you have to go to a hole into an iced lake to swim.
The shock of dousing the body in cold water is supposed to have health benefits. But for my first time I had to go into this hole was very hard, the shock (temperature changes near to 70 degree) was too important for me however I finally succeed to go in this hole and swim a little bit (such an hard day).
Here you can see a germ friend who try the experience with me going into the hole and swimming (the photographer does not like to be picked photo, I am the photographer ^^)
This experience is very relaxing finally, not necessarily easy at first. However with the will, if we get used rather quickly. Therefore we renew experience has several times with increasing ease to go swimming in the chilling water.
For those who have the opportunity I would advise you to try.