Birling in Birmingham

I'm Mari, a 25 year old student of hospitality management in JAMK. This Blog is about my exchange period in University college Birmingham, England. Autumn semester 2011

Monthly Archives: July 2011


Now I have ticket to Birmingham. Nice.

Me and Maarit ( the another finnish girl whom is going to Birmingham as well….), booked the same flight. Nicer to go together 🙂 We didn’t book returnflight yet, because we don’t know yet, when exactly we are coming back.

And we also make some plans what we like to do in England. London it’s a MUST! And we also like to travel somewhere southern in Europe, because in Birmingham there’s going to be rainy all the time. We like to see some sun as well.. and the flights are so much cheaper from England.

I have take care all the practicalities. I rented my home in Jyväskylä, take care of insurance, changed my addres back to my Mum & Dad, so my post and bills don’t get lost… And all those millions small things what I needed to remember….

…And now I can relax and enjoy my summer holiday. During the next month I’ll be on InterRail in Europe. Nice to go and know that everything (except the appartment thing) is ready for my student exchange experience!

PS: About my biggest fear: My ganny past away 1,5 week ago. 🙁 So I don’t need to be afraid of that anymore. And the funerals are tomorrow so I’m able to take time and can say proper goodbye to Her <3 .

The first problem! Accomondation!

The first problem is began and I haven’t even leave to England yet.

I got a room in a school appartment, BUT because semester 1 runs until Febuary, they like me to pay rent for that room in January and Febuary. I can’t pay extra rent for time when I’m not there, because my student supports from goverment are running low and I need to pay rent over here in finland too! At my point of view: Unfair system. It’s not my folt thet they don’t get a new student for that room, when I’m gone.

So I’m taking the risk! I’m not going to accept the room. I’m going to rent a bed from hotstel for a couple nights and try to find a home for my self before school begings.

The plan: No home, no luggage. Just me and my passport! Sounds like a adventure!I can’t wait!!! =)

…And other thing which doesn’t go smoothly: They haven’t signed my Learning agreement. But that can be take care over there, so I’m not worry about that…

There’s one thing which I’m truly afraid! My granny doesn’t feel well anymore. I’m afraid that she’s going to pass away when I’m gone. Do I ever see her again? Do I have money to trave for the funerals? =(