Time has flown so fast. We have already been in Finland three weeks! I cannot believe it. When we came back to Finland the traveling took almost one day, 20 hours. The flight felt like it took an eternity, the flying time was long but maybe also the enthusiasm to see family members and friends again after a long time made it feel longer. When we arrived to Helsinki-Vantaa airport and I saw my family, it felt like that I haven’t even been abroad.
Week after coming back to Finland it felt like a dream that I had been abroad, it was an unrealistic feeling. Before coming back to Finland I was kind a scared how life has changed here in Finland because I consider (almost) four months to be quite a long time. For my surprise and for relief it felt that nothing had changed, life is the same here as it was before I left.
Of course every friend, family member and acquaintance has been very eager to hear about the exchange time, but it is so hard to talk about the experience only shortly because there happened so much. I think if I really start to talk about the exchange, few hours would not me enough… 😀 I think that I will remember forever the local’s friendliness and helpfulness. The wards employees took us to dinners and spend their free time with us and if we had some kind of problem they did everything they could to help us. For example we were planning a trip to the East-Taiwan, Hualien, for our last weekend and asked only advice how to get train tickets. The outcome was that the employees searched for the best tickets and got them for us from the shop.
The exchange was a good experience and I liked staying in Taiwan, but it took some time to adjust to the culture and living. When we were leaving from Taiwan it felt that maybe it would have been nice to stay there longer, because there were still places to go and see. Maybe someday I will go again, but now I will enjoy the Finnish winter weather -29 degrees. I really miss Taiwan’s climate. 😀