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: September 2011

Cultural differences

Now than I have time to think this: This post is mostly about Cultural differences.

First thing was the peoples friendliness and helpfulness, but I have told already couple times, so let get to some other things:

Buildings: I knew that here is lots of whole floor carpets, but seriosly: in a bathroom? How well that will work!?! I think that’s disgusting and unhygienic. Those kind of bathrooms are probably a full of mold! And in corridors they have those carpets also. Crazy. I’m really happy that in my appartment has ceramic tiles in a bathroom.

Food: Hamburgers, pizzas and fries in School and lots of take away ads. And this crappy food is much cheaper than proper food. Now I’m not suprised why people here are overweight! We try to find healty stuff in supermarkets, and that was challenging. So much convenience food! And my landlady clearly isn’t cheff-kind of person at all: she doesn’t even own cheese slicer or knives. (those are in my shopping list!).

But there is something similar here than in Finland. I don’t know if that is a good thing (I know, it isn’t!): People, especially students DRINK a LOT! We went to a one nightclub, and it was crazy. Way too much people in it, WAY too LOUD music and so much drunk people whom has just turn 18 or something like that. I didn’t like it at all. I usually stay out until nightclubs are closed, because I love dancing but now I didin’t. We probably need to find places where is more mature people, these new student are way too… umpf… how to say this nicely??? way too young? Seem thay have their first experience of freedom and living without their parents. I’m too old for this kind of partying!

Getting to know other Erasmus-students is little bit tricy as well, because it’s all about the partying, and if it’s not, they do something in a group of people who lives in students halls. But I will keep trying to, I won’t give up!

I’m really looking for to school to start! Monday it really starts! Am I going crazy? Me? Waiting for School to start? Yep, I must be ill! But there is so many interesting courses coming up, and I can’t wait to get to know older local student as well. And I’m starting to learn spanish, so i hope I can practise that skill with those erasmus-student whom are from Spain.

…And I bought my return flight. Depressing! This time is so short. I would love to stay longer, but I don’t have goverment support left after christmas. So no incomes, no fun. Must to go back to work. If I could get my dog with me, I would be so happy to stay.

But I still have lots of time and so many experineces to come! Example tomorrow I’m travelling to LONDON for a weekend! To see my friends from Astralia and Sweden. This is my first trip to there! I’m so exited! πŸ™‚

…Bye the way, I need to say this: Every my friends were laughing to me, that here is going to rain all the time. Yeah right! Sun is shining and it’s more than 20 degrees celsius every day, and this has been lasting whole week now! And it’s raining in Finland. So guess who is laughing now? I AM! πŸ˜‰ (…although, I konw that this laugh doesn’t lost long, but still! )


WOOOOHOOOOOOO!!!! I’m not homeless anymore!

The biggest issue is solved! I have a new home and I’m moving in tomorrow. My landlady seem very nice andΒ  fair.Β  Maybe I get a new friend instead of landlady? And rent is reasonable due to the location.

We went to see couble people in one phonecompany, because during sim-shopping they try to help us to find a place. So we went to thank them and we going to take them out for have meal or drinks or something. Just for thanks! And maybe make new friends? πŸ™‚

oh, and school starts today. No much to say about that yet… We have around 80 Erasmus students in our school. We didn’t have time to get to know them yet!

Hard time in Birmingham

I arrived yesterday feat Maarit. I love the city. Lovely country-looking but still big city. And lots of SHOPS!!! I probably need to find a place to work, to have more shopping money πŸ˜‰

And peoples in here are so friendly! Everyone are so helpfull and nice to us.

But finding a place is way more difficult than we tought… It’s a hard full time job! Every agency and even privat persons liket to rent a flats at least for 6 months! We going to be here only until christmast, and that is a HUGE proplem… But we are doing lots of work to find a place for both of us, together or separaatly.But the basic rule is NOT TO LEAVE YOUR FRIEND ALONE! So if one of us finds a place, we will help the other to find a place. This is so much easier and more fun feat a friend. Alone I would propably be really scared and desperate…

We went to see our school to see if they have any ideas where we can try to find a place. And we accidentallya met our Erasmus-cordinator Lynn while waiting a lift. She was so nice and helpfull, and we have quick look of our schools most important places like lynn`s office.

Tomorrow we have couble viewings first thing @ morning, and phonenumbers to call… So hunting will continue tomorrow! we do not give up!!!