The answer is: JOO!
As soon as I arrived in Ylivieska, Leena warmly welcomed me at the station. And when we entered the lovely apartment in Haapavesi, it was like a Christmas day with gifts on the table and a postcard welcoming me.
During this first week, I discovered the quiet beauty of Haapavesi; and, of course, the places where I work: the Youth House, Kokoomo with the youth workshop and the association 4H, and the vocational dormitory JEDU.
I watched my first game of Ice Hockey (Haapavesi won!); I learned my first words in Finnish and the most important of all «No niin» ! I Met the friendly group of the English course and funny group of the Finnish course.
And finish the second week in beauty with Sanni’s concert in Nivala!
I was able to present my city and at the same time rediscover it. And that’s the wonderful thing about travelling, because you’re discovering both a foreign culture but also your own culture, because you’re looking at it in a new way. By introducing my city I was able to rediscover it.
These first two weeks are already beyond my expectations, and I think this experience will bring me many things, both professional and personal. I feel very fortunate to be here with all of you and would never thank you enough.