Towards the horizon

Ylä-Karjalassa harjoittelijana oleva Matthias Bellgardt kertoo arjestaan Suomessa. Matthias on Suomessa pääsiäiseen saakka Hyvärilän Horisontti-hankkeen kautta.

Farewell

Farewell

Time to say goodbye. After 9 weeks in Finland it is time to go back home. It’s gone by so fast, but the first week feels also like ages ago. There were so many new impressions. I will not forget, what I have experienced here. I’m not good at saying goodbye.

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Leisure Time

Leisure-Time

When I came here, I of course wanted to do some typical Finnish leisure activities. Sauna was a top priority on my list and maybe some other winter activities. I couldn’t do everything I wanted, but I did at least some of them.

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At Work

At Work

In my time here, I work at two different places. At Monday I work at Närekartano as some kind of IT specialist. From Tuesday to Friday I am at Ylä-Karjala. Here I take pictures, work with Photoshop, archive old pictures and last but not least write this blog.

If I had to describe the Finnish working culture in one word, I would say calm.

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Finnish Food

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To get the full Finnish experience, I had to try their food. In my researches, I haven’t found really outstanding or exotic food items, something like the Swedish surströmming or other. Some of the dishes are quite a bit similar to German food. Nonetheless I was curious.

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The number 6 is on fire

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I’m not the first nor will I be the last one, who will write about this lovely, but utterly incomprehensible language called Finnish. What’s not to love about a language with phrases like kalsarikännit or kuusi palaa. It’s just really hard to learn and I fear these 9 weeks won’t be enough, to even hold a simple conversation.

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About Shopping

About Shopping

The first time shopping I was struck from the prices. I know it would be pricey, but I was shocked nonetheless. Especially the price of alcohol is way much higher than in Germany. I payed twice as much for a bottle of gin and some beers. But what should I do? I am a German, I love beer. There is also a special shop for liquors (Alko), which is only open at certain times. The cashier recognised my German and while I was paying, we exchanged some pleasantries, she in German, I in Finnish. Nice.

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Introduction

Matthias Bellgardt

My name is Matthias Bellgardt. I’m 31 years old and an engineer in media technology. I have been coming from the town of Norden in Germany to Nurmes in Finland to work for 9 weeks as an intern. This internship is made possible by the project Horisontti. In this project young unemployed persons, at the age of 18 to 35, get a chance to live and work in a foreign land for some time.

We are a group of 11 participants and 4 social workers. Before we flew to Finland, we already met 2 months, in which we were prepared for this exchange by our social workers. In this 2 months we’ve made practices to grow together as a group, learned some cultural aspects of Finland and of course we had some languages lessons in English and a little bit in Finnish (just the basics).

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