Nyah kertoo blogitekstissään kuluneista viikoistaan Suomessa; paikoista, ihmisistä ja ruoasta. Suomalaiset leivonnaiset näyttävätkin tehneen Nyahiin lähtemättömän vaikutuksen.
“We’re done!” Ian and Melanie’s voices pierce through the calm air. I looked around at the others filming the scene and thought back to our past five weeks in Finland. Five weeks – It doesn’t sound like much time, but when it comes time to represent in on paper, I feel I don’t have the words. The adventures I’ve had – places, people, food, and lessons – deserve a skilled writer to describe them, but they got me.
My favorite place I have been in Finland is also the first place. Sofia, the hotel where our orientation was held, was the best introduction to Finland I could have ever wanted. The rocky beach was a perfect place to take in the sun or take a nap, and the paths around the compound were lined with the most beautiful flowers. Not only was the scenery breathtaking, but the weather was also ideal - warm sun with no rain.
After the orientation at Sofia, I was taken directly to my new home in Espoo. After staying here for nearly six weeks, I can confidently say that the Kilo region of Espoo is the best place to live. Everything is conveniently nearby whether it is urban or natural.
Espoo may have the perfect balance of nature and city, but the most beautiful town I have visited in Finland has to be Porvoo. My words would not do the majesty of it justice, so I’ll have to settle for pictures.
The people I have met have been most influential on my experience. Whether they are my fellow afs-ers or just people on the streets, they have all truly touched me and made my time in Finland great.
I truly feel that because of the people, my fellow students and my host family, the places I have gone don’t matter. They are the ones who made my experience so great. In the case of my host family, they were the ones who gave me the insider information on where to go and bridged the gap between my American ways and the Finnish ways, and if it weren’t for them, I would not even be here. In the case of the other afs-ers, they are the ones I spent most of my time with. Each one of them brought a different aspect to the group, and made it whole. Together, they brought my time in Finland alive, and taught me that it’s not where I go but who I’m with.
Before the nostalgic tears destroy my keyboard, let me talk about something more upbeat – food! Finland may not be able to be the best at everything, but let me tell you, they know pastries! Cafes line the streets of Helsinki, their lovely aromas cutting through the heavy cigarette smoke. Inside, the glass cases are the only things separating me from the lovely desserts. Korvapuusti, mustikkapiirakka, strawberry cakes, and everything else imaginable. Finland even has multiple cake buffets, where customers can pay for one plate of endless cake!
Seeing as my host mom, is an avid baker, food was a large part of my Finnish experience. My host mother and I usually spent our free weekends replicating these desserts, and thankfully, I was able to get recipes.