ERASMUS is over and I have been back home for a few weeks. I had a small culture shock to come back from cheaper much more easy-going Czech rebublic to cold and expensive Finland. It was about -20 degrees here when I arrived and in Czech republic temperature was never under -5 degrees… It felt weird when I could understand what people are talking around me. But it was great to see my friends and family again. I have been living with my father now and will live here this spring. His illness prevents him from being able to live alone and my mother who used to care of him died in the new years eve. So now I will probably have to delay my thesis for this semester.
All the things before my departure went quite well. The only problem was Czech office times. It required a few visits in the offices to catch the wanted people. But I got all the paperwork in time and got a flight back to Finland in a reasonable price.
My courses were Logistic management, Transport modelling, Transport technology and control and air traffic rules and regulations.Unlike my study program, in University of Pardubice they focus much more in transportation, and not the overall logistics like in JAMK. But the courses were intresting, especially Transport modelling (we used a new computer software for me) and Air traffic (which is not included in my degree). I made through the courses even better that I expected, I got excellent from them all. There were only 2 contact lesson hours in a week in each courses, but more homework than in JAMK.
After these months abroad I feel it was the best choise in my life to go there. I only missed was my girlfriend (and a little bit rye bread), but my girlfriend visited me in christmas. She was in Czech for almost a month, and we also were in United States for 2 weeks in the christmas break. My language skills improved a lot, especially talking and listening. That was one of the reasons why I decided to go. Hardest thing about departure was saying goodbyes to my new friends in there. I really miss the great trips and parties with them. Greatest things about the people who go for exchange period is that they want to get to know with everybody and they are very social. This is awesome for finnish guy who have got used to quiet and introvert people in home. But these friends are not to be only ERASMUS friends. I have already promised to go visit some friends in Lithuania, Poland, Czech republic again, Turkey, Portugal and maybe even Taiwan. So I have a lot of travelling ahead in next few years!
I´m ending this blog here and in the end I have to apologise that I haven´t been writing too often, but I have had so many other things in my mind. I wish a great end of winter and even better spring to everybody!