Monthly Archives: April 2013

Skiing experience in Finland

by Femi Adefolalu, degree student in Environmental Engineering

A man training to ski, in the background three other trainers, blue sky with white clouds, white ground

Fun!

The coming of winter can be scary, considering the early dark period and the cold aggravated by previous down pour of snow. When the dark days are winding up and there are more sunshine brilliantly radiated by the white, then wish the winter season should continue. One of the greatest delights is skiing experience which one should always look ahead for when winter is coming.

Imagine gliding on a radiate white and smooth floor on your track moving fast past trees like train on its rail track especially when moving down a hill with your sliding shoes and your control poles fasten to your hands; the experience can be liberating!

Three smiling students in winter sunshine with skiing sticks in their hands

Hello tracks, we are coming!

For a beginner you may suffer many childish falls and some bone bruises but the experience is fun packed and put many laughter on your face; do not take life too seriously! It will be worthwhile when you learn the skill and graduate from a beginner to pro, then you can stylishly glide and always bubbles for joy when winter is coming.

Teemme couscous-päivällistä / Making Couscous Dinner

by Joanne NH Wong, degree student in Media

The first chapter in Finnish, the second the same in English etc.

Tänään olemme päättäneet tehdä couscous-päivällistä. Minä ja minun poikaystävä Slava kävimme kaupassa ostamassa ruoka-aineita. Me seurasimme reseptiä, joka löytyy pirkka.fi:sta: Teriyaki-kasviscouscous. Me ostimme punaisen ja keltaisen paprikan, kesäkurpitsan, kidneypapuja, vähän valkosipulia ja sipulia, ananaspaloja, 1 pakkauksen couscousta, tuoretta basilikaa ja teriyakikastiketta.

Today, we have decided to make couscous for dinner. Me and my boyfriend, Slava, went to supermarket to get ingredients. We followed the recipe from pirkka.fi, kasviscouscous with teriyaki sauce, and we bought red and yellow paprikas, zucchini, kidney beans, little bit of garlics and onions, pineapple cubes, 1 pack of couscous, fresh basil, and teriyaki sauce

Package of couscous

Olen aika innoissani, koska en ole koskaan tehnyt couscousta ennen. Otan couscousin ostoskassista ja luen paketin ohjeet. Tämä on silloin, kun minun suomen kielen koulutus alkaa. Itse asiassa aina kun menen ruokaostoksille, opin uusia suomalaisia ​​sanoja kaupassa. Ohje on helppo: ensiksi keitä 2 dl* vettä, 0,5 rkl** öljyä ja 0,5 tl*** suolaa kattilassa. Ota kattila pois levyltä, kun vesi kiehuu. Sekoita ja lisää 2 dl couscousta joukkoon. Anna turvota kannen alla noin 5 minuttia. Voila! Couscous on valmis!

I am quite excited, because I have never make couscous before. I took out couscous from shopping bag and read the instructions on the packet. This is when my Finnish language training starts. In fact, every time I go grocery shopping, I learn new Finnish words in the shop. The instruction is easy: first, boil 2dl of water with 0.5 tbsp oil and 0.5 tsp salt in a pot. Take it off from stove when it’s boiled. Add 2dl of couscous into the boiled water. Leave it covered for 5 minutes. Voila! Couscous is ready!

Instructions how to cook couscous

Ohjeet suomeksi ja ruotsiksi

Sitten Slava on leikannut kaikki ainekset reseptin mukaisesti nyt. Me lämmitämme pannulla oliiviöljyä, kuullotamme sipulia ja valkosipulia muutaman minuutin, sitten laitamme paprikaa ja kesäkurpitsaa. Lisäämme ananaspalat ja kidneypavut, molemmat valutetut ja huuhdellut.

And my boyfriend has done chopping all the ingredients as instructed in the recipe now. We heat up a pan with olive oil inside, sauté onion and garlic for a few minutes, then put in paprika and zucchini. Add pineapple cube and kidney beans, both drained and rinsed.

Sammuta liesi. Teriyakikastike kaadetaan nyt vihanneksille ja  sekoitetaan hyvin. Seuraavaksi joukkoon lisätään  keitetty couscous, sekoittamalla kaikki ainekset hyvin yhteen. Lopuksi ripottelemme silputtua basilikaa ruokaan.

Turn of the stove. Teriyaki sauce is now poured into the vegetable and mix well. Followed by the cooked couscous, stirring and mixing all ingredients well together. In the end, sprinkle chopped basil leaves onto the dish.

A colourful portion of couscous with black olives, sweet pepper and basili

Yum-yum!

20 minuutissa nautimme päivällisestä jo ruokapöydässä!

WIthin 20 minutes time, we are enjoying our dinner already on the dining table!

*dl = desilitra

**rkl = ruokalusikka

*** tl = teelusikka

 

 

How to enjoy winter below -20°C

by Bokyung Kim, degree student in Media

One of the most common misconceptions about winter in Finland is that it is boring. Once winter starts in Finland, the sun is hardly to be seen in the sky and the daytime is getting shorter and shorter. In addition to the darkness of the winter the degree is always below zero and lots, lots, lots of snow everywhere everyday. However, it does not mean you will have boring winter in Finland! Today, I would like to share my know-how to enjoy winter in Finland 🙂

Three students wearing their skates in a shelter, snowy background

Sun is shining and the ice rink is waiting!

1. Try Winter Sports!

Finland will be truly heaven if you love sports. During the winter season, Finnish people enjoy lots of winter sports. Needless to say, ice skating and downhill skiing are the most common winter sports and you can enjoy them almost everywhere in Finland. There are lots of ice rinks and ski hills around the city and most of them are free. If you want to try more challenging and exotic one, I would suggest you to try ice hockey or cross-country skiing in the frozen lake!

 

Nine media students - boys and girls - posing for a photo at their pre-Christmas party.

Let’s party: have a nice pre-Christmas!

2. Enjoy Authentic Christmas!

As you might already know, Finland is the hometown of Santa Claus and celebrates Christmas as one of the biggest holidays. During Christmas season, in every city square in Finland Christmas markets sell the authentic and unique Christmas food, decorations and handmade goods. Also, don’t forget to enjoy Pikkujoulu! Pikkujoulu is a pre-party for real Christmas and usually friends gather all together and celebrate Christmas before real one comes.

Buns called korvapuusti, partly under a linen.

Korvapuusti is one kind of pulla, filled with butter, sugar and cinnamon.

3. Time to Know Joy of Baking!

If you don’t want to do any outdoor activities during the winter season, then it is time to know joy of baking! Finnish people love baking and they have lots of recipes for desserts that will melt your frozen heart! Pulla and Munkki are the most common desserts in Finland and usually perfect pair with coffee. Pulla is a sweet roll flavored with cinnamon and Munkki is a moist donut without hole. Once you come to know joy of baking, your kitchen will be filled with smell of heaven!

Those 3 tips are the ones actually helped me a lot to go through the most challenging period for foreign students. At first you might feel depressed for darkness and cold weather in Finnish winter, however, once you decide your mind to fully enjoy every moment, you will find yourself being in amazing place with endless wonder! 🙂

Coffee places for working in Finland

by Yulia Pak, degree student in Media

A student boy sitting at a cafeteria table writing his home work

Jungsoo writing Finnish exercises at cafeteria table

Working in coffee places is a special culture, at least for me. Firstly, I would like to specify what do I mean under “working”: come to coffee places to do study or work, if person is a writer, for example. As for me I spend plenty of time in coffee places by doing my studies, thinking, making notes or just meeting my friends. Coffee places can tell a lot about mentality of people and in every city or country I check how popular is this culture. Of course, I did the same in Finland. I’m not really good in making good and understandable structure of texts therefore I will write all articulately.

Which coffee places are appropriate for working?

The main criteria are quite easy and obvious: a lot of sockets, wi¬fi and light. It is good to have bright day light and when it is dark to have individual light for every table. Individual light creates a feeling of personal space which is really required for working. Personal space can also be created by good arrangements of tables. Good and calm background music is also really needed. Additionally, when I’m looking for coffee places I prefer old style places with a lot of design elements which make comfort.

Findings in Finland.

Here I would like to write some my findings about this culture in Finland. When I came 7 months ago to Finland it was difficult to find any place to study but during this time two new Wayne’s coffee places were opening and they have almost all criteria for working. But still there are not so many. Another appropriate places simply don’t have sockets or wi¬fi. Most of the people that I met in Wayne’s just come to communicate not for working. If people usually come to work to cafes because they need to isolate theirselves from home or they want to find a special mood for working. May be it is possible to say that Finnish people are really home lovers! They better bring atmosphere of comfort to home than try to find it somewhere else. I think like this because Finnish shops are full of homy style stuff but it is difficult to find cafes in this style. In this way, I really appreciate the fact but as a foreigner here with my crazy love to cafes I would like to see more cafes for working than bars.

 

An introduction to the amazing Kirpputori

by Yonathan Wolowelsky, degree student in Media

Sign with the text Kirpputori

A must-go for me in each new city I am arriving at, is a flea market. Even if I don’t need to buy anything, I like the to go to a flea market. Breathing the air of old 60s vinyl players, magazines from the 3rd Reich and clothing I will never wear. It makes me feel excitement and relaxation at the same time. Usually around Europe  flea markets are open-air and open only during weekends. Even though these flea markets have the best merchandise and the most authentic environments, it is still a bit a bummer to wait the whole week for the opportunity to watch reindeer fur on a 50 percent sale.

Outdoor flea markets in Finland are even less practical. It is well known that there is only around two weeks a year you can actually go outside without a massive warm clothing on yourself. Therefore the Finns invented the Kirpputori, an amazing form of indoor flea markets. Usually they are open every day or every weekday, you can find everything you (don’t) need. Fill your house with all the furniture needed and pay so little, so you could actually afford paying the rent.

Tampere is no doubt a heaven for Kirpputoris lovers. There are so many Kirpputoris in town, each one has its own character and its own specialization and you can spend days and weeks just walking in and around them!