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

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 and  fair.  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? 🙂

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!

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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 😉

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!!!

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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 .

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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? =(

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Today we had blog training. I chose blogging instead of traditional reporting, I believe that this is a funnier way to report my exchange period to my school and friends. I would, however, write a blog, now I just have to do it in English…

And for the readers: You are more than welcome to point out my spelling mistakes, because I haven’t written in English for  a long time… And I’m not very good at it. It probably shows —-it’s rusty. Isn’t it??? There is one reason more for me go to England: To learn more English.

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UUU, I’m really going!

I have one really booooooring day at spring 2011. I was going to check my e-mail, and noticed that was the last day to apply to student exchange. I was thinking  “Why not? I haven’t live in abroad before and nothing exciting ever happens to me. So this might be a good idea and nice experience”. So I filled up the form and click! Here is the consequences of that boring day: I’m going to Birmingham for next autumn. Exciting!

I have already send my applications for erasmus-exchange, accomondation and orientation week to Univercity college Birmingham. Now I have to wait the answer and confirmation that they approve my application and they have a room for me. I haven’t done my learning agreement yet. It’s kind of difficult to choose courses based only name, without explanation for the contents of those courses. I may have to toss the dice 😉 Then I need to remember to fill out OT-form for Kela and ERASMUS grant application. And??? Oh yes, rent my place here at home, find a good home for my dog, find cheap airline tickets, and so on. Lot’s of things to take care of…

I’m very excited to go, but of course, little bit of scared to. Do I going to enjoy there? Am I really able to study in english? Do I get new friends? How I going to survive without my dog? And so on…

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