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

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! 🙂

…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! 😉 (…although, I konw that this laugh doesn’t lost long, but still! )