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Going where my heart is…

 

I left 2 months ago to take upon a new journey which life had put in front of me, and I can still remember the excitement and the sadness I was feeling. I remember how I cried leaving my husband behind, but I also remember the feeling of strength I had for going towards the unknown all by myself. And here I am, feeling those same feelings yet again, feeling sadness that this journey has come to its end but so, so excited to go back home to the arms of my husband and the warmth of my furry children. I must say that in overall I have enjoyed my time here, people have been good to me.

 

 

What was it that I came here to do, well, I worked in Chichester College in the Business department and I was working closely with the Admin Assistant and I got the chance to see what her job entitled.  First weeks I was walking on eggshells just to get my bearings on things, didn’t really know people, didn’t really know what was happening and how this office here worked, what was it’s purpose etc. Day by day, everything just started to clear, at least a bit. I got my own desk where to work and just that made me feel more like I belonged here, having a desk where to come every morning. Little by little, I got to know the people I was working with and I started to remember people’s faces and their names. There are still people on the department that I don’t know, we have 4 office rooms here where people are working so I’ve grown custom of the office that I’m in. My office is filled with crazy people (meaning it as a good thing) and one Irish who is the whole office’s sweets guy. People would literally come to this office and ask if he would have something to eat and if he weren’t at his desk people would help themselves to his drawers. This person is sitting right behind me so he is always offering snacks to me.  Their sense of humour is just fantastic and I must say that I have had fun in this office, but it’s home time for me. (A little private joke we used whenever we felt tired).

 

 

I have done a lot of archiving, photocopying, scanning, sending emails, and learned how to post mail here. I have also done of my share of answering phone calls and did a bit of research via phone. I have mastered skills on spreadsheets, updating, creating, making formulas etc. I have sold books to students, I have been typing letters and mailing them, using word mail merge. I have done a bit of inventory, splitting PDF files. I also helped a student in her mock exam, by reading it to her out loud. Therefore, I think I have learned a lot and many different things. I have had proper professional training and have gotten the support of my colleagues, and learned the office life in the UK. I must say that I have not really worked in an office before, so I do not know how it is in Finland, but I am pretty sure it would be similar to this; hard working people with good sense of humour and coffee (well, mostly tea here). I just think in overall this school cares for it’s students and want them to succeed as well as in their studies as in life in general.

 

 

 

I have been in the workforce for many, many years so I think I really have not changed in that regard; I know how the world works in working life, and I still consider myself a trustworthy, diligent and conscientious worker. If I had done this work experience in Finland, it would have been easier, but only because we would have shared the same language, but besides that, I believe I have managed well. I am sure my English skills have improved while being here, and I am writing English better than before, because I’m writing the blog every week in English, plus of course I have to write at work also. My listening comprehension skills have improved; I understand the conversations around me but I could very easily just phase it out and then it would just be a noise in the background.  Speaking of my verbal skills, I’m still very harsh on myself and I think I could do better, it isn’t as natural as I would wish it to be and I believe that would correct itself if I would stay here.

 

However, how could I stay? If my husband would pack our dogs and fly here with me! We would get a nice little cottage of our own and we would name it the Lynx Cottage. Many people here have named their houses and you could see the sign outside their homes, the house where I’m staying is called the Clayton Cottage. You don’t have to name your house, it’s not mandatory, but many people do. We would have a nice home, with fence that would go all around it, so that the dogs could run freely in the yard and we would have garden there and a palm tree! We would take nice strolls outside on the public footpaths that go through the fields and our dogs could run freely there as well. We would have different coloured door, something bright, inviting, and black frames on an otherwise white layout. We would have a fireplace because it gets so damn cold in here sometimes and we would have hot water bottles at night. We would have a gas stove and a washing machine in the kitchen. We would have to get a car and learn how to drive on the other side of the road so that we could pick up our friends at the airport who would come and visit us. We would enjoy the very interesting and incalculable British weather and we would not miss the snow in Finland, if we would, we could always visit. We would learn to be more polite and we would get drinks in the pub with the locals and share stories.  The airport would be a short train ride away and we would have better options to fly elsewhere for holidays. Yes, I could see the life I would have here…

 

 

 

I do miss home though, I miss my car, I miss driving my car and singing to a country song out loud. I miss my home, I miss my hobbies, and I miss my sisters, my mum and dad, my friends. I miss sauna, (I’m going straight there when I come home), I miss salmiakki and Finnish candy in general and not just the candy itself, the opportunity that I would be able to get it whenever I wanted. I miss the familiarity of my surroundings back home. I even miss those crazy sounds our neighbours make. I miss my husband’s cooking and his jokes. I miss the constant attention of my dogs, when they are all around my feet and following me everywhere, I miss the smell of their paws. 

I must say being here for those two months, I have seen a lot. Not just Chichester, but I also saw Brighton, Arundel, Portsmouth, Isle of Wight and London on my journey here. I have seen a castle, I have seen beautiful sceneries, and I have seen old buildings and ruins. Actually, where I’m staying, right across from it is this 2000 year old ruin, called Fishbourne Roman Palace and it’s the largest Roman ruins in UK and on my last Sunday here, I finally went to see it. I must say even though it was nothing more than old mosaic floors I can imagined how it once stood there. In addition, if I would be living here I would be rather proud of those old historic ruins because that is something I’ll never get to have in Finland.

Today’s my last day in the office and I spent last evening baking Finnish Pulla, and I think I did alright with the ingredients I had, I couldn’t find ground cardamom, so that’s what they are lacking. I also had a wee problem with the baking sheets, because the Pullas got stuck on it which is weird, because I bought the paper just to prevent that from happening. People seem to enjoy them and that’s what matters.

I just want to thank everyone involved in my exchange journey, in here in Chichester and in my school in Jämsä. I want to thank the patience of my teachers who answered calmly in every of my constant questions, before, during and after this trip. I’m also so grateful for the people in here who were patience as well and so, so nice and I will cherish each and every one of them for the rest of my life. I just can’t believe that I got the chance to have this opportunity at all. I have always considered myself someone who was born in the wrong country but I think I might be true Finn after all.

But now it has come the time to go where my heart is. Home.

Final report from Poland

So it was pretty awesome 8 weeks in Wroclaw,Poland. I did work at kuehne&nagels warehouse. Before i did leave we had so much to do, go to this class about exchange, book flights and make sure we don´t fall behind the others in our class. I did pack packets and collect stuff from the selves. (kuehne&nagel poland is one of the biggest warehouses of bosch) at our workplace we had our own guide who told us everything we needed to know.  We did stay in touch with school by whatsapp and by phone. I did learn little bit Poland and my english got better. I did grow as a person so much cause in here Finland i did live whit my parents and they help me when i need it but in there i have to solve every problem myself and i learn to be more independent. In professional way i learn how to evaluate weight and capacity. So it was awesome experience and i would do it all again.

Loves Iida

Goodbye to Denmark

Today is my last day in Denmark. I sit in a hotel room in Billund thinking the time I spent here. The pictures are more than words, so I show some of my good memories in pictures.

Riding tour with Icelandic horses. Seldrupgård, Beder.

Aarhus – European Capital of Culture 2017

Den Gamle By (The Old Town) is a national open-air museum of urban history and culture in Denmark through three decades. The best museum I ever visited!

The Botanical Garden and Tropical Houses are near of Den Gamle By in the centre of Aarhus.


Aarhus Cathedral is the longest church in Denmark and it seats 1200 people.

Wonderful Copenhagen.




Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.
Ulla

Final report from Ibiza

My job learning in Ibiza is over now and I’m back in school. Its weird to be here, but I love it. Whole job learning trip was amazing experience and I learnt so much in there. Apartment was good, only washing machine was weird. My working mates was all so good and everyday someone came to take me to working because it would take like more than one hour to get at office with a bus.  Only problem in there was that fact, all workers didnt speak English at all, or only little things. But i survived, because i learned some words in Spanish.

What i did in there

So I was working in company called Badi.es 9 weeks. Company makes electrical works, they put air machines, tubes for water, security cameras and Internet works. I was most of the time working in supermaket called Hiper centro. I was doing lamps in there, some sockets, pulling cables. and at my last week in there I made my skills demostration. It went good, my number was 3. Only at first working days felt so long, because they make 8 hour, but with one extra hour that you spend for eating of sleeping or what ever you want. But when i get use to it, it was totally fine.

The whole experience was great, and i’m really happy that i decided to go. And I can recommend everyone to go, Because what ever happens to you, you have people who you can contact in Finland, and in the country that you are.

Hotel Reina Cristina, Cadiz, Spain

What a wonderful time I have had in Spain! So great working place, nice work mates, many new friends from the staff and the customers. I can never forget last month in Algeciras! The manager of the hotel wished me to come there for a holiday with my family, perhaps we´ll go there some day.

Spanish night

The work as a waitress in Reina Cristina was so pleasing for me; somehow very well-known from my working years in Finland, somehow very different from the Finnish style. The hotel and the staff took me well received and I felt more like home straight from the beginning of my practising.

My last working  evening  I arranged a little moment for them who were working with me. And believe or not I made a speech in Spanish!! The English guide Liz helped me to write it.

Wines, red, white, rose…
Working times. Read Cristina, that`s me!

This evening was my last here in my training period. I wanna thank you, all my working mates of a immemorial time. This is not a good bye, this is “see you later”!

Esta noche es mi ultimo noche trabajando con vosotros.                                                                        Quiero decir gracias a todos.                                                                                                                                No es adios, es hasta luego!

My working mate from Nigeria
Setting for the breakfast
Memorable March 2017

Went for a job – came back with a story

I just can’t believe that my internship in Holland is over now and this will be my last post to the blog. Unbelievable. You have no idea how much I’m going to miss that all, but I’ll try my best to tell you properly about my last week experiences.

Enjoy.

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Alkmaar

When my last week started, I was very sad. I started to realize how my time was running out in there. I got my last week schedule and to be honest, I actually was disappointed. All my shifts were in Sky Lounge. The reason why I felt that way wasn’t the place, it wasn’t Sky Lounge workmates either because I really liked them, but it was just the fact that it was my last week and I didn’t had a chance to work with people I had spent the most of my time in main kitchen. But Sky Lounge was nice, I really liked it. They showed me how to make dishes, most of them were deep-fry foods but also sushi and sandwiches with different fillings. I also saw my main kitchen workmates always in the morning, because we had to brought all the groceries from downstairs to Sky Lounge. And I secretly volunteered every time when something was missing and someone had to go to get it from main kitchen 😀 Clever, huh?

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Hasselback potato with chive cream, bacon and cheddar

My friend Roosa came to Amsterdam on Wednesday the 7th. I had a day off on that day so I went to Schiphol Airport to meet her. Then we had to hurry up and catch our train to Alkmaar. In Alkmaar I showed my accommodation to her and she left her luggage to there. And then we had to hurry up again to the train to Amsterdam. Chef was so nice and arranged tickets for us to Anne Frank House. The tour in the House was a nice experience but on the other hand (if you know the story) we were able to feel the unhappy atmosphere in there… Definitely worth visiting.

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Zita pasta with roasted winter vegetables, mushrooms and goat cheese

After Anne Frank House we took a lot of pictures and then I showed my favorite shopping street to her, the Kalverstraat of course. In the evening we went to my workplace’s restaurant because Chef had made a reservation for us. I ate halibut and Roosa ordered Zita pasta. We also ordered two Creme caramel vanillas for dessert. Yum!

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Pan fried halibut with a lukewarm crab salad and foam of bouillabaisse

Okay, then my last workday. It was Friday the 9th of December and I started at 10:00 in Sky Lounge. Chef Marcel came to see me in Sky Lounge, he did an evaluation and we filled couple forms. Then we discussed about my internship and how did I perform. I won’t tell details here, but he said that I did a very good job and I easily became a part of the team. He also said that I have to let him know if I’m ever planning to go back to Amsterdam because there will be a job for me. And that’s not all! He gave me a goodbye present, which was a completely new Wüsthof kitchen knife. I was so surprised because I didn’t expect anything!  Apparently I did something in a right way 🙂

When the clock was something like 12:30 people told us that they needed help in main kitchen so Daria and I went there. I was super happy. Main kitchen and all my friends, yay! I don’t even remember what tasks I did there, just some ordinary things I think, but I enjoyed every minute of it. I really did. And even though my last day was the saddest one, it was also the best one. I worked with my best friends, Jerry, Ippe, Ernest and Adrian and we had so much fun, we made jokes and laughed like I would stay there forever. And I really loved that.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station

When the clock came 18:00 it was my time to go. I took a tour in the kitchen, hugged everyone and said the last goodbyes. We added each others on Facebook and changed phone numbers too. I didn’t even notice that it was almost 19:00 when I finally got to my locker. And I started to cry. People had come so close to me during these two months and I couldn’t believe all that was really over. Those were the tears of happiness and sadness at the same time. I’ll miss those guys so much. But I’m trying to comfort myself saying that you never know what happens. Maybe we will see some day, at least I hope we do.

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I Amsterdam Letters

So Friday was my last workday and that meant I had 4 full day offs and then our flight would leave on Wednesday morning. Roosa and I traveled to Amsterdam every day, we shopped a lot and went sightseeing. We also decided to buy another (the third) traveling bag which we shared, because our new clothes and presents didn’t fit to our own traveling bags anymore. We even named our new bag! We chose the name ”Kasa” which means a pile or a mound in English (best friend humor haha). Nothing personal, the inspiration for the name was just the appearance of the bag. It looked just like a big black mound :’D Jeroen also visited in my accommodation for the last time on Monday. He asked about my experiences and I told him how I fell in love with Holland. I also returned his knives and the bike he gave me two months ago.

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Wednesday, the day of departure. Schiphol Airport was pretty easy, even though we had to ask some help from information desk. We found the right gate and the plane and so began the journey to cold Finland. When we landed to Helsinki Vantaa Airport I immediately felt the coldness. It was kind of a difference, because when we left Amsterdam it was 10 degrees and in Helsinki it was -4 degrees. I already think if I should book flights back to the Netherlands…

So that was all! I hope you enjoyed my posts and got a good impression about internship abroad because I really did. If someone asked me to describe my trip with 5 words I would simply say ”pure love for two months.”

Regards,

Sirpa

Goodbye Chichester

Today it’s our last day at working in West Dean gardens. It have been nice and we have learnt a lot new things in gardening and in everyday life.

Tomorrow we are leaving early on the morning and we will get a train to London. We have booked a hotel for us so we can enjoy a day in London. Our flight leaves on Saturday at Heathrow airport around 6pm.

It’s nice to go home but we all would have loved to be here a little longer than 6 weeks. 6 weeks is a short time to get to know the town and everything around it.

We thank everyone who made this happen and we are grateful of the opportunity to get to see English way in gardening and in life.

xoxo, Finnish girls..

– Hanna, Tinja & Janita –

Final report from Innsbruck

Hello,

Now we have been in Finland for three weeks and thought to write some feelings about the on-the-job learning.

Before we left we didn’t have a lot of information about anything. We knew only that we were going to work with kids but that’s all. We were nervous what those nine weeks are going to be.  We were also wondering what kind of accommodation we have.

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Little by little things started to get clear and the accommodation was perfect too. We got to know workmates and we already miss them a lot! Also our job became familiar.

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The city of Innsbruck was interesting and definitely started to feel like home rapidly.

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Even though we had some adversities, we survived about everything. All together everything went well and it was an amazing experience! We are super happy that we got this opportunity to leave abroad. We got a lot of new experiences and improved our language skills.

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We recommend to everybody to go abroad. You will get much wider view about world and about your career.

With huge love,

Tanja, Mandi & Tiia

Hello again and may be for the last blogging ;) Regards From Tsega and Inka

Our trip to Holland for the on the job training for 6 weeks is now over and we came back to Finland on May first safely and full  of the great different experiences! And we are very thankful and proud of our selves  with the way we started and  completed our on the job training abroad! So here we are going to add some pictures from Holland taken with a few days ago 😉20160427_193042 20160429_120810 20160429_183527 IMG_4404 IMG_4420 IMG_4452