It’s a bit over one week since we came back to Finland.
Our last days in Buenos Aires were really busy with the packing. Last days we spent shopping for souvenirs and went to the movies to see Men in Black 3 in 3D.
On the last night before the departure we had an evening walk on the streets of Baires and had a dinner in the center of Palermo.
2) Finland is so amazingly beautiful. Before my trip to Baires I have never really looked the scenery and enjoyed the views. Especially the clouds look so amazing, they are like from the paintings! The nature is also so green and the traffic is not even traffic compared to what it was in Buenos Aires: Here you can even hear how the birds are singing and walk on clean streets.
3) Finnish customer service is unique; The cashiers smile and are so helpful! This is the thing that I had never even noticed before.
4) You can pay by card in everywhere! First days I still had the Argentinean way of thinking in my mind when I said to Julius that I can’t by a cup of coffee from the school cafeteria because I don’t have cash. It took me a while to realize that I don’t need to have cash, because I can pay by using my card and there is no minimo para pagar con tarjeta
Our exchange period in Argentina really opened our eyes: Everything is not always easy but even if something is difficult it is possible to find a way through the difficulties. In some situations you just need to adapt and not to give up: If the metro is on strike there are other possibilities: Take the bus or walk.
Finnish people are a bit perfectionists: everything needs to be perfect. We noticed this when we moved into a new apartment and we heard our neighbor complaining how the street lamp was not straight: In the end, does it really need to be straight? Even if the lamp is a bit out of the line it still drives it purpose and lights up the streets
One of the hardest thing to adapt back into the Finnish culture is the time. If something starts at 12.30 it really starts at 12.30, not 12.38 or 12.52… Finnish people are really punctual with the time.
Anyway it’s nice to be back home. Even though there were days that were harder than the others, I could do the same again! We got new friends, traveled in Latin-America, learned a new language and culture. We also learned new skills like patience and a way to think alternative options and possibilities. Things that we will miss from Argentina is the effective public transport, small bakeries around the corner, where you can buy your Sunday facturas and the small nearby Chinese stores, from where you can buy anything at anytime.