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3 am to the airport in Turku, Finland. I changed planes in Riga and I was so tired I fell asleep in the second plane while it was still in Riga and woke up to everybody walking out of the plane 2 hours later, still in Riga?!? They got some problems so we got another plane and could finally depart with a few hours delay. The flight attendant was screaming with a panicked voice in the microphone "everyone stay calm, STAY CALM!!" it was hilarious. Nobody was even close as worried as her haha. I arrived in Milano at midday so I decided to have a little caesar salad and enjoy the warm weathe, before meeting up with my travel bud aka boyfriend Virgile. And holy moly it was hot in Milano. It was 7 degrees celsius in Finland when I left, and over 30 in Milano and I was sweating like a pig carriying my huge bag around.

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Virgile and I met up in Milano. He took the train from his city, and from there we continued towards Trieste in Italy, where we had a little bed&breakfast for the night. The next day when we woke up and had breakfast, there was a Russian family that didn't have any language in common with us but they gave us Russian candy, very interesting taste. Smile and wave haha

A day in Trieste. The pasta portion costed like 5 euros! I also have a collection of these sleepy photos, but one for the blog is enough.

We took the bus from Trieste to Ljubljana in Slovenia.

Virgile in the center of Ljubljana

Is he real? Lake Bled in Ljubljana was one of the most beautiful places place I've seen, I highly recommend it! We spent the whole day swimming and sunbathing, and had a picnic under a tree with that view. We walked around the whole lake before we took the bus back to Ljubljana and the bus was so full we had to sit in the aisle. I slept the whole way on his knee so it didn't bother me..

Next up was Split in Croatia. We had a little stop in the capital of Croatia, Zagreb, where we had time to have lunch and walk around a little bit. In Split our airbnb hosts were the best ever and here we are out having drinks with them in a local bar on the beach. There were dogs running around everywhere and they were super cute. Above there's a picture with our host's girlfriend's dog Max under the grape tree.

We stayed five whole days in Split so we had time to see a lot! Running on the beach, hiking up to the view point in the center, going out to clubs and just chilling on the beach and burning like a real Finn in the sun. It was really really hot for me, over 30 degrees all the time. One day we went river rafting in Omis and I absolutely loved it. The river water was cold and fresh and the nature was like from a book.

The best local food was Cevapi and we had it many times, Virgile even cooked it at our airbnb one time and it was almost better than the local ones! I also met Lexi, a friend from California who lived in France in the same district as me during my exchange.

The train from Split to Budapest was like a museum. It was a night train and I can't even explain it, but it was like from a harry Potter movie, but like older. It took something like 18 hours to travel all that way.

BUDAPEST and the Széchenyi thermal baths! Our airbnb was in this romantic building. Once I managed to go into the wrong building cos they all looked the same, and there was someone going out from the door so I didn't have to use the key. I couldn't find the right door at all.. We only stayed for one night in Budapest before going to Prague, so we didn't see so much. But I really recommend the baths, it was very relaxing.

Two days in Prague. We walked a lot, saw the old town, went to a museum, had those amazing Trdelnik ice creams and best of all went for a pub crawl, where we met tourists from all over the world and finished the night at the biggest (5 floor) night club in Europe.

John Lennon wall

​And the last stop in Munich. It was Virgile's birthday so we went to the BMW museum (it was actually my third time at that museum) and had a dinner out, in the evening. We had a real hotel room the last night so the breakfast buffet was perfect. I flew home from Milano and arrived late in the evening home in Turku. 

This interrail was such a great experience and here are a few tips for those who want to go! Use airbnb for accomodation, it's very cheap and if you're lucky your hosts might guide you to local experiences and not those expensive tourist things.. Eat at home if you have an airbnb with a kitchen. It's a lot cheaper and healtier and the food markets might have something exotic to try to cook. Or bring along a picnic, and have it e.g. in a nice park. If you're traveling with Interrail, make sure to do the reservations beforehand, and take night trains if you travel a long distance, since it counts as one travel day. And also, you need less clothes than you think, and every city has shops where you can buy what you need. Overall this was a memorable experience and my absolute favorite destination was Split and Ljubljana (Lake Bled). Special thanks to Nassim and Anita if you're reading this!

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April

Today I felt like blogging and I thought it might be fun to keep this little blog alive, I love looking back at it and remembering good moments. It's a little weird to call it MernegoesFrance but I still regularly go France so why not?

April. The nature slowly starting to come alive after winter as well as the human beings. Milla came with me to the stables and tried Eve. They did so well, although Milla had never really ridden before, they galopped and all, so proud of them! Look at those beautiful flowers next to that silly quote, Virgile surprised me on our one year anniversary.

Talking about horsies. Eve and I participated in a small competition and despite all the odds against us; first of all she had lost a shoe and my license was out of date and I didn't have anyone to drive us there etc, we still made it though, thanks to a friend driving us there (thankful!). Just to get disqualified in both classes. I was all angry-crying walking out, but hey atleast we participated, haha.

Celebrating Vappu and the first of may! <3 Alva and I switched shirts, who noticed?

Solveig and I did a project in biology (ecology) where we visited this farm and these small lambs were the cutest ever. They were super curious about us and loved the attention. If I manage to become a vet it would really be a dream coming true.

Dora and I finally finished our research project. We studied antibiotic resistance in bacteria that we are exposed to everyday and we gave a presentation about it and the results, at the conference that was organized at my school, and we actually won the "best presentation award"! Everything went in English since we had guests from Estonia and Sweden. We also heard some inspiring speeches by entrepreneurs and researchers.

May

Party time!

Camilla's birthday! We had birthday cake on the old market square and Rufus took out the lunch tray from the cantine, it still makes me laugh.

I went to France for a week to spend some time with Virgile and it was amazing. Here I was chilling on the beach when my friends went to school in the snow.

I saw my friends from my exchange. It's been over a year that I came home and I'm glad we're still keeping in touch, I miss you guys and my families!

June

Graduation time! One of the highlights of the year and I can't wait to be the one to put the white hat on. A few days after we celebrated the beginning of the summer at a friend's summer house. The next day coming home was a real adventure since we had no gas left in the motor boat and the sailing boat that we towed the motor boat behind broke and it was a stormy day aand we almost ran aground, but we made it home!

Swimming photo taken at 3 am. Finnish summer at its best with a sun that hardly sets.

Finnish midsummer!

July

RuisRock vibes! I finally saw Zara Larsson live, she is so good. (so good so good)

Horses finally let into pasture for the summer <3 I'm very thankful for our last summer together with my best friend Henrika and her renting horse Santtu and Eve. The title mostly refers to the fact that Eve is no longer mine, I found the most wonderful home and I actually visited her today and she was doing really well and I wonder if that horse realizes how much she is loved.. Having a horse is very time and energy consuming and I had to swallow my pride and realize I couldn't have her anymore. It would just have been selfish to continue riding half motivated doing the same thing everyday and not really progressing in any direction. Today I'm happy I took this really hard decision to let her go and make someone else just as happy as she had made me the past 6,5 years. We grew up together and I was really sad in the beginning and feeling weird not having anywhere to hurry every day. But now it makes my heart happy to see how well she is taken care of and I have time and energy to concentrate on my studies. I actually accidentally drove all the way to the stables a few days after she left, cos I'm so used to driving that road after school.

This whole year will be really challenging trying to get accepted to a vet school and keeping up my grades so I would even have a chance. I'm so thankful for the years I had with Eve and I'm also proud of how far we came thinking back at where we started.

I worked from June to August as a waitress at a hotel restaurant and our restaurant even hosted marriages and confirmation parties among other events! In the middle of July I went on a big adventure in Europe for two weeks and I thought about posting about it separately, otherwise this text will be too long.

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If you haven't read my last post then start by reading it and then continue to this one! I wrote a recap about how it was to move back home from exchange and what's been happening ever since.

In December in Finland we celebrate something called Lucia on the 13th of December before Christmas. It's basically a choir that sings Christmas songs and dresses in white and walks around with candles. Wow that was a very bad description. I mean Lucia (saint Lucy) is a Christian saint and it's in her honour that we celebrate it, okay just look it up on wikipedia haha. We had a few performances in the library and other places. You know it starts feeling like Christmas when you start talking about "Lucia", in Finland..

Christmas was a peaceful holiday here and just like in France it's just about food and more food, and of course the christmas gifts!

Pictures from our Pikkujoulut, traditionally we celebrate "Little Christmas" in Finland with friends before we celebrate the real Christmas on the 24th with family and relatives. And then our Luciatåg (which basically means Saint Lucy's train, wtf Finland).

I also went to some small showjumping competition but didn't get any good resaults, and then I came second in a Kartng race that my work organized. My first trophy, haha. Then Virgile was here over Christmas break and I hosted a little Christmas party for the beginning of the holiday at my place. All in all I just loved Christmas break, allthough we didn't have any snow here at the time! The only Christmas gift I remember just like that, is a card and a candle that my host family sent me, it really made my day that they still think of me!

New Year's eve I spent with my friends at Cecci's place from were we went to the city center to see the fireworks, and I have to say that wow they were amazing this year! I mean for being little cute Turku it wasn't bad.


Henrika and I had promised eachother a trip together as a Christmas gift to one another, so we decided to go to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia in January. We went shopping and walked around admiring the old town during Christmas times, ate some really good food and got beauty treatments. A really relaxing weekend. The weather was freezing, and when we left Helsinki it was minus 22 degrees. We also went on a few guided tours #cultural and got to see the Bastion Tunnels underground and Kiek in de Kök Museum.

In January we also had the opening of our newly revonated school building, so finally our school was in the city center again. The 740 years anniversary of our school was also celebrated at the same time. The new old school from inside is just as good as it gets, everything is new, we have all the most modern equipement and so on.

In February I turned 19 years old and my age crisis got real, haha. Our school celebrated that school was over for the last year's students and they got to do what they wanted with all the other students for one day. Then they threw candy from trucks in the middle of the city. This is called Bänkskuddardagen in Swedish if you want to look it up!

My brother gave me two shotglasses that he had made with his 3D-printer. I think that was the most innovative birthday gift ever!

During winter break we went skiing in the Alps. This time we went to France (yay) to les Trois Vallées, and stayed in Couchevel. It was so warm and the snow was basically melting away and I tried so hard not to get a sunburn.. I think the receptionist at the hotel thought I had some problem or something, because I asked for more toilet paper all the time since we were many people sharing an appartment xD

So that's a wrap. I think that March and the beginnig of April went by just like that and I barely noticed. The 1st of April Virgile and I celebrated one year together, yay for us. In March I think I made my personal record in how many times I went out for coffee with friends, and my coffee addiction is back..

In Finland we just celebrated Easter, which means that I have eaten so much mämmi I'm about to explode. No foreigner will understand Mämmi but it's allright, you won't probably like it anyway :D Tomorrow I'll be back at school, the gym and the stables. Very busy life, but that's how I like it!


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It's been almost a year since I've written anything here, so I thought it would be time to give a little update about how it was to move back to my home country after living abroad for a year. I just have to say that it was the best year of my life, and to everybody who's hesitating and who are too scared to just throw themselves out there alone in the big world, just do it and don't think too much. I think fear is what keeps us from reaching our goals and doing many things that we actually could do. Fear of losing something or fear of things changing. I mean, of course things have changed, but at the same time I felt like nothing really had changed during my time abroad.

Where should I start again? My actual trip home was a real highlight of last summer, since my best friend Henrika came to visit me in France and my parents drove all the way form Finland to kind of "pick me up" with the car so we could drive home through Europe. The road trip took like a week and I got to see so many wonderful places among Paris, Amsterdam etc. First thing I did when I arrived home was basically run down to the shore and just breath in the smell of Finland and the sea. Second thing was driving to the stables to finally meet my endlessly missed mare, (horse) Eve. I couldn't help spilling a few tears when I hugged her and she just stood there not even trying to get away from my hugging arms.

Another highlight was the last week in France, when my second host family hosted a farewell party for me, which I will forever and always remember and be greatful for. It was amazing and mindblowing to see how many people I actually got to know, starting from not really knowing anyone.

I miss these times..

Two pics from my homecoming party, there's always a reason to celebrate life :D I arrived home the 10th of July I think. It's weird to say "home" since many places feel like home.

It was great to see all my friends again that I hadn't seen for a year! At one of our girls' nights we made so much sushi we couldn't even finish it.

Very important to include these photos.. The horses were at Henrika's summerplace for a month, so we could go swimming with the horses in the sea!

We went to Uhlu for a day trip!

So, summer went by really quickly working and seeing friends. Virgile was here for a week to see me during the summerbreak too, and I loved showing him all our weird Finnish things like sill and korvapuusti and partying the Finnish way. The Finnish summer wasn't bad! I mean of course 25 degrees celsius didn't feel so hot after 40 degrees in France. But I think I prefer not melting away in the sun. In Finland we can always melt away in the Sauna hehe.

So school started in the middle of August and I started on a new class not really knowing people again(so my old friends were one year above me), except for the other exchange students who came back to Finland, and I have to say that I'm actually glad for getting all these opportunities to get to know new friends. It sounds like I'm just trying to sound flattering, but seriously meeting new people is just great. Schoolstart also meant that fall wasn't far away, and fall means galoping on the stubble fields, halloween, the explosion of colours in the forest (ruska in Finnish) and the end of the boat season.

In October I got to pack my suitcase again, since I had a flight ticket back to France!! A return-ticket, though. :( I stayed one week at Virgile's and got to relive my French life a little. We went to the plateau Ardechois and saw reindeer from Finland (yes they were alive :) I met my old friends, went back to high school and attended class pretending I was still one of them. I even ate at the cantine (let's keep that a secret). Not to forget; I visited my host families and my Rotary club!

It felt amazing to be able to just see everybody in real life after such a long time <3

A few pictures from my week in France, and yes that reindeer is probably more Finnish than me!

So that is how I looked when I was restocking on French products; le crème de marron, wine and cheese were the necessities to bring to Finland. I had plenty of space from all the salmiakki I had bribed everybody with the whole week. I still can't believe there are people who actually like it (they must be lying).




In November nothing much really happened. I got used to the Finnish kaamos when the sun hardly rises above the horizon and you just get surrounded by darkness until like March. Sounds fun, doesn't it? I continued studying at school, working out and riding as usual and I almost forgot; I started a project with a friend of mine at the Åbo Akademi University researching in how bacteria resist antibiotics. We even got to the local news, yay!

The hardest part of coming back to Finland must have been getting used to the load of work from studying at school, having a horse and living far away from the city center. Otherwise it was okay, I mean life is not as exciting as when living abroad when everything is new and interesting. Okay another thing was weird; the Finnish language. It just didn't come naturally and I spoke so slowly and forgot all the words all the time. Swedish wasn't that bad, since I skyped in Swedish every now and then during my exchange. But Finnish ? Catastrophy.. Also, the Finnish food was a shock to me, I mean we have no taste what so ever ahah. Okay we still have our own burger chain called Hesburger instead of McDonalds, and that's maybe one of the very few things that are better in Finland foodwise.

I think it's worth to mention that it's currently the 17th of April and it's snowing outside here in Finland.

I think I will have to divide this text in two so the next one will be published soon!

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Actually that map is lying about the bustrip in february, cos Paris was canceled because of the bomb attacks. The bustrip was for 1 week and we saw Les Chateaux de la Loire, Aerospatial, Picasso, Sagrada Familia Dali, Futurescope, Barcelona etc. It was AMAZING. I'll let the photos talk for me.

​This was an amazing experience and it feels good to look back at this voyage since TONIGHT IM LEAVING FOR MY EUROPE TOUR!! Excited?! Yeeeees. I love traveling, meeting new people, trying new foods, looking at local people living their normal life and your like a spectateur. I love every single market, every single small street. Coming to a new place feels like coming to a new world. You're like newborn and have so much to explore that you can never get bored. See ya soon peeps

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I'm blogging from my phone right now so I have no idea how the resault with be. We had a little photoshoot together with my gurl Khatia the other day, I love how there are roses everywhere in France, it's soo pretty.  Outfit is all Zara everything if someone's wondering. Bisous

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February was an amazing moth, a lot of things happened and I got to know more cool peeps. February was the month of my birthday among many other events, as the bus trip which I will write about in a separate post cos it was cray cray.

I started learning subjonctif, haha French gets so much more easier to speak when u know this conjugation form. Il faut que tu le saches. I also started learning the Russian alphabet, I haven't learned it yet and we're in May. lol. Oh yes Léa and me wrote a short story in English and we hit full points 20/20.

Girlssss, Khatia, Maé and me. love

And of course the monthly Rotary meeting, me before vs me after. I like theese meetings, I get to talk to all the club members and sometimes we have conferences about current subjects and you feel so much smarter just participating it's awe. But when you have talked/discussed for 5 hours in a row in French and you finally get home at midnight you might be a little tired. In february we had a Maroccan dinner and I enjoyed. No dessert tho. Shit I need to find back to my self control cos I've lost all my control during May.

Oh this subject is close to my heart!! #jesuiscirconflexe. It's no longer obligatory to write out the hat on the letters and it breaks my heart. Cos now I can't corrige Léa's texts in French anymore :(

Mae´, me, Khatia and Florine

THIS IS SO FRENCH WITH THE BAGUETTES, what shopping in France looks like. No but srsly this country consumes so enormously much bread it blows my mind. But it is sooo French like the bakeries and all, love it.

The 6th of February me and mo host bro Léo and his friends went to Grenoble to party at his friend's place, I had so much fun and I laughed the whole night. It's amazing how many new peeps one person can get to know during one day haha, my life in France is basically that. Damn I used to hate to be with people I don't know at all but like now it's or sometimes it's the best thing you can do. You just arrive somewhere or to a party not knowing anything about anything basically and then everybody asks you questions and is curious cos you're a foreigner with an accent and you have so much so share with them. okay text floating away again. I'm getting so sentimental about everything. I actually broke a piece of a tree and made a freking pins out of it and wrote Grenoble on it and put it on my blazer. No joke.

The 8th of Februaryy was my bithday and too bad I couldn't buy a beer cos I repect the rotary rules, but we had a monaco with my Georgian sistah Khatia, and her mom had made a birthday cake for me <3 when we got back to school (it was a monday) my history teacher confiscated my phone haha.

How I feel when I get a delivery. I thank all of you wonderful peeps who sent me things for my birthday, I love you. I got questbars (my life) and Punnitse&Säästä candy (dried fruit and nuts which is my favourite candy in the whole world) and I laughed to much when my mum sent me a fucing mirror, I have broken the mirror though, I dropped it. According to the French superstitions I will have 7 years of bad sex.

Jade bought me theese amazing cookies for my birthday too, like everybody is so nice I can't get over it. I start crying just thinking about leaving all of this, I, it's my freaking life here in Privas. I got roses for Valentine's day too, from a very lush person who is aka kaksoinen aka ma jumelle francaise.

The 10th of February I went out for a nice walk with my hostmum. It was the mardi gras day and it's in my culture to celebrate all of theese things so together with hostmum we made "fastlagsbullar" or "semlor" as they call it in Sweden and the host fam seemed to love it (so did I haha a little bit too much). We went hiking in our small city to Les Trois Croix and we had the view of the whole city!

This photo got reposted on some instapage of Ardeche :D

Birthday dinner with host fam <3 champagne is my favourite drink of all time (after my protein shakes), thank god I got France as my host country haha. My host fam offered a Dolce&Gabbana parfume and it is my new signature smell. Soo much love. Now i get so sentimental again writing about this butseriously I can't get how lucky I am who got two amazing host families, theese people host me cos they have big hearts. They do it out of good will. When you live 6 months in a family you feel like it's your own family, you get to know them so well. Enough of this deep talk.

Celebrating Léo's birthday with my homies

​Partying like animals, literally! This night was so fun :D When we get home and my friends sleep over at my place the tradition is to go to the jacuzzi in the middle of the night! I haven't even finished my resume of february and my computeris starting to drive me mad. This is a really good excuse actually to end this text. No but in my next post I will write about our Rotary bus trip to Barcelona, I have sooo many photos and even videos that I will link, it was such a great trip and I can't wait until the europe trip which is in two weeks, not even two weeks. Damn time flies by. 

Today we're the 23rd of May and I cannot believe how fast this is going, I know I'm saying that all the time but today when I contacted my school in Finland I actually realized that this dream is almost coming to an end. It's painful to think about leaving all of this. My heart breaks thinking about it. I feel as an obese person from whom you take away the pizza haha. What a comparaison. I have never been this happy in my whole life as I'm here. I have got to know my self so much better and I feel like I understand so much more about..life? haha Omg I don't know how to derscribe it. It's probably really annoying to read about the feelings of an 18 yo. exchange student who is realizing her exchange is ending in A FEW FUCKING WEEKS. I will miss every single thing about this country. Not every thing but I feel like my exchange is probably one of the most succesful ones in the world haha so dang proud of this process and myself. And so thankful, I feel pure greatfulness. I have never met so many big hearted and broad minded people as during this year. France you will forever have a special place in my heart.

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I found this blog and realized it was mine and that I haven't updated since JANUARY?! I'm ashamed haha. What is my excuse this time for not updating? Well I guess that life happened. I thought I could make like a .short review of every month and put some pics of the highlights and main events. Anyway, first just generally how it's going and so on:

Everything is going really well as you all want to hear. My exchange year is coming to it's end and I have experienced so much. I will never be able to tell everything I have experienced. That is why this is so uique. I know that when I move back "home" (home will NEVER be the same again) my friends will ask me "So how was your trip?" Well it's more like a lifetime lived during one year, even though it still feels like I arrived here yesterday. It kind of feels like living in a dream but it's real life.

When you go abroad you will realise how important the friends are and the people you surround yourself with. I have no idea how I will mentally survive moving back to Finland. Of course I love my friends over there and I miss them with all my heart, but I will see them again and everything will be as before. But I never know when I will see my French friends again. Everyone tells me that they have never seen anyone as integrated to the life here as me and it makes me so happy to hear that. I have got so many new friends, learned so much about human beings, relations and myself and just grown so much as a person. I have seen how people have such big hearts and I just want to tell you that please know that you will always have a home in Finland haha. Wow, when I start writing I can't stop myself. But what I want to say is that i feel at home here and I try to appreciate every moment here because it's going by so damn fast.

Ah it's going to be really hard to try to keep this text assez court. I have a hard time keeping the French aside. Btw, I love speeking French and I really try to have a dope accent, but when I myself speaking on videos or smth I can't stop laughing. I'll just say that it's my charm riiightt.


January

The 9th january I changed host families and it was sad and happy at the same time. My new host fam is just as lovely as my first one! I only have two host families during this year and I found that it's a lot better that way, cos I get a lot closer with my host families since I live with them for a lot longer. They call me their adoptive daughter :D


The view from my window, there is a swimming pool and a jaccuzzi. And I have used the jaccuzzi a loooot! My school is 3 km away (the same distance to the city center of my smaaall city Privas) so either I walk or I get driven to school. My gym is like 800 meters from my house so it's basically my second home.

The 19th january I had my conference about Finland for my host Rotary club and my families at a reastaurant called La Croix d'Or. I had worked so hard with the presentation and trained many times in front my family. I spoke for one hour about the Finnish life, culture, school, my family and even some history and politics. First I was like hella nervous but then after five minutes I got relaxed and I just talked and talked and I got them to laugh many times and afterwards they congratulated me and complimented my French so I think it went quite okay haha. I made my whole rotary try Finnish Salmiakki and I think you have to be Finnish in order to like it. Afterwards we had a dinner and we had a "standing table" dinner and "Galette de rois" as dessert and ofc I got the small thing that's hidden inside the cake that breaks your teeth. I have no idea how many times I have eaten that cake haha. In Swedish it's called "Trettondagstårta" and it's associated with the christian christmas celebrations (Epiphany).

The famous Galette de rois, which basically represents january in France haha

I also had my friends over to my home a for jaccuzzi and fooood. Love you guys <3

Nadia always playing the guitar :D

We decided to be like super multicultural with the food!

The weekend 24th january we had a Weekend de Neige with my rotary district in Saint Sorlin d'Arves. It was amaaaze to see all the other exchange students and speak a little English. The evening there was like a talent show and we sang Titanium by Sia with my Polish sister Ola. So good to gossip and laugh together with people who are in the same situation as you. The next day we went snow shooeing for the whole day in the mountains. I was crevée afterwards, but it was so fun! We climbed up and then we ran/rolled down in the snow n'importe comment. I got hella sunburned in the face too haha, Finns...

I had like the unsexiest sunglasses evaaah so enjoy the photos.

It was cool to see talents from so many different cultures, like dancing and singing etc. We all come from different places in the world and we're here together just think about the coincidence. Anyway, thanks Rotary for a great weekend and miss you guys!

The 30th january we went running/hiking with my host brother Léo and his friend Benjamin in the mountains of Ardeche. It amazes me how there are beautiful places like this here! 12 km did us good!

We ran all the way up to the top, only to see THIS rock! What does it look like???? A fist? An animal?

I also made this salad lunch for my host fam and they loved it! January was a great month learning to know my new family and having a great time with friends! I'll write about february in my next post since I don't trust my computer and I don't want the whole text to disappear, so I just wanna press"publish" rn! Stay tuned and curiooouuuuss bisous

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This week school started after 2 weeks of vacation. I had the most amazing vacations and I have been too buzy to sleep enough and my circadian rhythm is quite messed up so I couldn't catch sleep last night. I swear I went to bed like at 9 p.m. but I was just too tired to bee tired and I ended up watching youtube videos about how to cut a parmesan cheese in the right way? And just random videos of travel destinations. I have got such a travel fever right now, I just can't wait to visit all my exchange friends in their home countries and just travel and see the world, to see the real culture, not just the fake tourist culture. I need to travel and to see the world to understand more of it. If I could wish for a gift it would be to be able to speak every language in the world. And to fly!! That would be so cool haha. Who has not dreamed of being able to fly?? Like a bird, not with a plane, just to make it clear.

As this week begun so did the last week for me in this host family. I will change families on friday and I have such mixed feeling about it. It's sad to leave this family when it feels like I just got used to everything and I feel so at home, but at the same time I know that my next host family is just as amazing and I'm also looking forward to it.

I just love my current host family, they are such big-hearted, kind and humouristic people. I feel at home here and I will miss them so much. They will always be my first host family and I have so many things to thank them for. They welcomed this lost and confused Finnish girl, struggeling to understand the language, to their home with open arms and made me feel at home. They have helped me so much learning French. They have introduced me to their culture and taken me out to visit places. I am so lucky that I came to them.

However let's get started. I found a blogpost like this at Kenza's blog so I'm going to make my own version of it. Here we goo. A typical monday in my French life;

Alarm rang at 6:20 and I got dressed and did my make-up. Yes that's my normal grumpy face at 6 o'clock in the morning..., DON'T YOU DARE SPEAKING to me in the morning before I've had a coffee.. I also let the cats in and started preparing my breakfast.

06:50 This coffee machine is amazing. For breakfast I had an oat meal (or porridge however you want) and natural yoghurt. Cinnamon and milk on top of the oat meal and goji-berries with the yoghurt. Healthy and good and #fitspo

At 07:17 I left home and walked my 4 minutes to the bus stop in the dark, listening to this hihi.

At 07:37 I arrived at school and I got this christmas gift from Léa!! <3 I know you all got curious now, what could it be?? Hah, I won't tell you.

From 07:55 to 09:50 I had science. And 10:10 to 11:05 German, but my teacher had prepared some excecises for me in French, so I worked with that.

Normally I finish at 12 but today at 11 already because our teacher was absent. At 11:45 quequeing for the cantine. We already entered at 12:25 I think yeey. I forgot to take the picture before starting to eat I'm so sorry haha.

I forced them to do this picture haha :D squad

We went inside because it was too cold outside and this is basically me when I see that the radiator is warm.

At 14:00 we went to the center with Khatia for our weekly coffee date.

Capuccino! I drink too much coffee for my age I know.. We spent the afternoon telling eachother everything about the vacations (we always speak French, even though she speaks 6 languages) and time just went by too fast and we had to back to school for our last lessons.

At 15:50 back to school for the recreation to see everybody. Looks quite fancy the school right? It's a lot uglier on the inside haha.

At four o'clock it's time to eat again. Khatia dancing and singing as usual :D

From 16.10 to 18:00 I had history class. The buss arrived at 18:20 and I got home around 19 I think. The bus stop is a little bit further away from home on my way home. Quite depressing that it's dark when you go to school and dark when you come home. So this is a normal French schoolday, from 8 to 18, but today I had exeptionally few lessons. I got home and just took a quick shower before dinner.

Cuddling with the cat a few minutes before dinner.

At 20 o'clock we had dinner. Onion soup as starter, followed by my absolute favourite dish; Joue de boeuf en daube. That is just so gooood. And to the right is my new favourite cheese.

​Around 20:45 tea time and TV time with host family. I went to bed at around 22 o'clock.

I hope you liked this kind of post, sinon tant pis. See you soon!

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I spent the christmas with my host family in La Niévre. It's a region 4 hours away from where where we live. My host mum's family lives there. I spent my christmas eating, running playing games, eating, baking and enjoying the countryside. My host mum's brother is a farmer so we lived at a cow farm and I actually saw a castration, no joke! It was something I have never seen before, I experience a lot of things here in France.

Normally I'm not a board game person but we played one game, which name is Time's Up! and i loved it. They goal is to explain as many French words in French as possible in 50 seconds and afterwards you have to play charades and your partner has to guess the words. It's actually great for learning French. We also played a lot of card games and as my childhood equals card games I learned them some new games.


This is where we lived the whole week, isn't it beautiful? The nature changed quite a bit, no mountains as in Ardeche.. And more cows and horses than habitants. It was by the way my first christmas where I could walk outside in a t-shirt without freezing...

The whole family <3 Also great-grand mother, who rolled the R:s, She had a different accent and I was so surprised when I heard her speaking French! Why can't I roll the rs without sounding stupid??

By the way, I'm still confused if the real date for celebrating christmas in France is the 24th or the 25th? We opened the gifts the 24th and had dinner. We had oysters, fruits de mer, escargots and cheese and different desserts. The 25th I woke up quite late and the first thing I ate in the morning was a glass of champagne, haha. More family and relatives arrived and we had christmas lunch/dinner with them. We also opened more gifts the 25th so actually I had two days of christmas :D I will upload the pictures of the menu in a non chronological order, since we ate so much and I hardly don't remember in what order we ate everything.

One thing that we ate a lot of is Foie Gras but unfortunately I don't have a picture of it.

les huîtres

Bulots et crevettes.

SNAILS, ESCARGOTS

To the left, haricots, boeuf, endives et champignons and to the right cheese!

Brochet in French, Gädda på svenska, hauki suomeksi and Pike in English with; salade, oeufs et crevettes.

Balancing up the eating with a little bit of running. I ran 4 times during this week and I think almost 34 km all together.

Oh more food pictures! Salmon is also popular here during christmas times.

With my hostsister we made cinnamon rolls.

Marron glacé and Tartiflette

With my host grand mother we went to a real catholic christmas mass.

Last but not least, La Bûche!! The famous christmas dessert. Surrounded by homemade macarons.

Thanks everyone for your wonderfu christmas gifts. I hope you also had a great christmas.

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