Not all those who wander are lost

Two rehabilitation counselor students doing an internship at school teaching Balinese children.

Back in Finland

Here we are back in a cold or more like freezing Finland. It’s -25C and I have to say it is too cold and makes me miss the sun and even the heat that made us sweaty all the time. It is almost like a different world here.

Freezing, snowy Jyväskylä.

Freezing, snowy Jyväskylä.

Where are all the people and motorbikes, big buildings, rubbish from the streets, cockroaches, stray dogs, palm trees and much much more? It sure takes time to get used to all of these differences. After all this remembering and missing our last months it is still good to be back home. I missed my family and friends very much and it really was time to see them again. Even when here it is so much more quiet and clean everywhere, more rules and everything is very organized compared to Asia, it is still home. It is always nice to come home and every time I remember how lucky I really am to have such a good home country, loving family and of course quality education.

It’s funny when the four months we spend away felt like a long time to be apart from home but at the same time the period went so fast and time really flew. That’s why I want to encourage all the students that are thinking of going exchange and not to be afraid of that “long” period of time away home. I promise that every second is worth experience and it all will be quickly over. I have never heard that someone would have regret that kind of an experience.

I believe that traveling and especially living and working in abroad can really open your eyes and help you to see a bigger picture about life. I wouldn’t change this experience to anything and I highly recommend abroad practical training period to everyone.