Vaasa (Finland)

Zaterdag 20/02

Vaasa here we come!

that's what we said when we got on the plain, so excited for what was to come. After a 2 hour flight we arrived in Helsinki were we decided to buy a sandwich. We stood there just watching the sandwiches because we were so shocked. There was no sandwich that was cheaper than 8euros. Then we didn't know that Helsinki is the most expensive airport in europe. We got on the next plain to Vaasa, it was the smalest airplane we've ever been in . Some of us (orphee) were so scared, it was actually quite funny to watch. The moment we arrived we had to walk from the plane to the entrance of the airport, this was our first experience with the finish snow. When we entered we immediately saw our friends waiting on the other side for us to get our luggage. After this most stressfull event. We were finally reunited! With a proper handshake we met the parents and they took us to our warm guesthouses, they helped us get settled and made us feel at home. I felt that this weeks was going to be a week to remember.

Zondag 21/02

Waking up to the sunlight isn't usualy my way to wake up but once I looked outside the window my 'I need just 5more minutes' - thought just melted away (pun intended) because the sight of the landscape outside my window was nothing I've ever woken up to. A white carpet covered everything. Snow makes all the ugly beautiful, that's for sure. But that was only the beginning! This Sunday was full of sporty activities, after brunch of course. We went ice skating and drank hot chocolate milk together outside after a cold snowball fight, the Finnish people sure know how to make things cozy!

But the highlight of my day wasn't the snow nor the hot chocolate...

How long has it been since you have done something for the first time?

I can proudly say that I went from 80 degrees Celsius to zero in five seconds today, three times, for the first time in my life. Thats right, I got the opportunity to go ice swimming!

Eek!’ ‘No way!’  'Finns are nuts!’ These tend to be the first unenthusiastic reactions of tourists faced with the prospect of a dip in an icy lake. But the first thing that I thought when my host family asked me if I would want to try it was 'you know what, I'm going to do this!'

In the car on our way to the lake however, I kept thinking  'Why on earth would anyone take a plunge in amazingly cold water and then sweat your butt off in a sauna?'  Well, maybe because it’s an experience that leaves you feeling fantastic and refreshed. Ice swimming contributes to better general well-being. It is said to actually improve blood circulation, make you feel more energetic and brisk, and can alleviate pains from rheumatism and respiratory issues like asthma if you do it on a regular base. That's what the father of my host family told me, he goes ice swimming every other day.

The feeling when you put your clothes back on after being in the sauna and getting in to the freezing water is indescribable. You feel so cozy in your clothes and so at ease. I'm very enthusiastic about the fact that I got to do this, this is a day I wont ever forget.

Together with the whole group we went bowling afterwards and that was so much fun, we are getting to know each other better and better every day and every day getd to be more fantastic than the day before.

I can't wait to fall asleep because tomorrow is also full of stuff that I have been looking forward to!

Orphée Dewaegemaker

Maandag 22/02

I am sitting here writing a story of the day, watching a beautiful hill. Today, we woke up with a sparkling feeling. After eating a tasty breakfast, we drove to the Vasa övningsskola. Some students did a presentation and we did some vocal excercises that served as an icebreaker to get to know everybody. In the beginning, it was a little bit awkward. But after a while everybody became more open. 

I just got interrupted writing my story, because a huge snowball fight started...

And now, we are about to try out the sauna because we are soaked by the snowballs which became water after hitting our faces. After that we are going to watch a movie and fall asleep with that same sparkling feeling.

Bjarne Vuyge and Jarne Van Tongel

Dinsdag 23/2

Today, Tuesday the 23th, we started with the workshops about sounds. Before that, in the morning, there was a man who talked about his life. He is fascinated in sounds so he made a few sounds capes of his life. We could hear that he was very passionate in what he does. At noon, we ate soap with potatoes and salmon. It wasn't that good like the food in Belgium but we tried it. After noon, we divided in small groups of 6 and we started working on the sound projects. Me and my group, we went with two cars to a place about 15 minutes from the city. We arrived at a house in the middle of the forest. There lived a man who knows everything about microphones and how to create sound the best way. He learned us that the place  where you put your microphone is really important. The direction is also really important; it's not only the right and left way that matters, also the front and back way are really important to create the perfect sound. Nice to know: every year he sells about 10 microphones for about 5000€/microphone (it can be more or less). When we came back to school, it was already four o'clock and we went for a short walk to a primary school where we cooked some typical Finnish food like “Karjalan piirakka”, that's something with rice. After that, we went all together to a concert at school. It was very nice; the students from Vaasa who did sing and dance for us were very talented! In the evening, me, Jarne, Bjarne, Julius and Niklas watched together a champions league game Arsenal vs. Barcelona. That was a perfect seal for a nice day!

Woensdag 24/2

Vaasa here we come!

that's what we said when we got on the plain, so excited for what was to come. After a 2 hour flight we arrived in Helsinki were we decided to buy a sandwich. We stood there just watching the sandwiches because we were so shocked. There was no sandwich that was cheaper than 8euros. Then we didn't know that Helsinki is the most expensive airport in europe. We got on the next plain to Vaasa, it was the smalest airplane we've ever been in . Some of us (orphee) were so scared, it was actually quite funny to watch. The moment we arrived we had to walk from the plane to the entrance of the airport, this was our first experience with the finish snow. When we entered we immediately saw our friends waiting on the other side for us to get our luggage. After this most stressfull event. We were finally reunited! With a proper handshake we met the parents and they took us to our warm guesthouses, they helped us get settled and made us feel at home. I felt that this weeks was going to be a week to remember.

Den Blauwer Marthe

Donderdag 25/2

Today we could follow lessons with the students from Finland. The first lesson was swedish and the second was french. The lessons in Finland take about 75 minutes. The french lesson was fun because we could understand the teacher. After lunch we went with the bus to kvarken, a very Nice place. We went to a tower called Saltkaret where we had a very Nice view. We could see the frozen sea and the beautiful forest. We also walked over the frozen sea and took Some pictures with the group. Then we made a bonfire and grilled sausages. After that we went home to the host family and had Some quility time. In the evening we went to a ice hockey game and it was our first time we saw a game like that. Luckly the team from vaasa won. The supporters were more enthousiastic then in the football games we are used to. It was a great experience. 

Annoek Beyens

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