Starting normal life in Debrecen


On Monday morning we went to see Julianna again. She introduced and suggested us some courses in which we could take part to. There was one course about sport physiotherapy which Heidi might choose. The Department of Physioterapy gave us an oppurtunity to buy working clothes by 6800 HUF which is approximately 22 euros. The clothes were really nice so we decided to buy them. We won’t probably need them in Finland but they will be a nice memory to us. Julianna was very sorry for us having to pay for these working clothes. In her opinion the Department of Physioterapy should have given them to us as a present.




Two excited physiotherapists for you…


..who have been studying body parts in Hungarian language. This masterpiece by Erja is now on the fridge door.

At Julianna’s office we also met Marie, a French girl who studies physiotherapy in English programme. Marie will be with us a few weeks in the Department of Neurology in which we will spend the first four weeks of our practical training. The plan is that after Department of Neurology we will go for the next four weeks to Department of Rehabilitation and after that we will spend the last four weeks in pediatrics. The place for our advanced practical training we can choose from those.

In the evening we went to buy bicycles. Erja had marked to a map some places that were supposed to sell bikes. Some of them we found, some of them not. Already given up we accidentally found a place were we saw bicycles and we went in. There we were surrounded by new bicycles and we thought that there was nothing for us. We were just about to leave when we heard a friendly woman saying Can I help you? She was a friend of the owner and acted as our translator because the owner didn’t speak English. They took us to some backroom were were used bicycles and we knew immediately that this was the right place for us. We chose our bicycles which cost 8000 HUF each (approximately 26€) and we can sell them back to the owner 50% of the original price when we are leaving. While the owner was fixing the bikes for us, this nice woman invited us to her English club. We will tell you more about this club when we have visited it next week. In the end we toasted with glasses of wine and they welcomed us to come back in case of any problems with the bikes. 😀 Again we noticed how friendly and willing to help people are around here! It’s really nice to make contacts with the local people since the moments spent with them are very genuine. Probably those moments are the most memorable ones.

Note to ourselves: Don’t drink wine if you haven’t eaten anything in a looong time.. We had a really funny ride home with our new bicycles. 😉


Heidi in front of the bicycle shop.


Our practical training started on Tuesday. Of course, no first day starts without problems. We were crossing a road when we heard a big noice from Erja´s bike. The chain was cut, in the middle of the crossroads. How great! There was still a long way to go and we were already running late so Heidi rode and managed to get on time to the clinic, but Erja had to walk (and also was a bit lost in the campus area where the clinic is, and of course Heidi had all the maps!) so she was 20 minutes late. On the first day! Our tutor in the practice is fortunately very nice and she was mostly amused by this, but Erja wasn´t. At least at first.


Erja´s bike without chains…


…and Heidi´s bike all good and shiny.

Anyway, our first day lasted only 1,5 hours. Apparently there are so few patients in this clinic because they have been discharged for holidays, so physios don´t have any work either. Now we are trying to find out how to make more hours since this obviously isn´t enough. Our second day lasted a bit longer, 3 hours. We have seen MS and acute stroke patients but haven´t yet done anything special or to do with physiotherapy. Today we got to attend on some medical students´demos which were very interesting!


Heidi eating lunch in the staff toilet.


After having to WALK around the city instead of riding her new bike Erja wanted a sub and then she was happy (as you can see in the picture. Not?)

On Tuesday evening we decided to look for a gym. Marie suggested us to go to this new gym near us and so we did. From outside it looked like a palace and was also wery fancy inside. In addition to gym and aerobics people can get massages, their teeth whitened and so on. The gym itself wasn´t that special if not counting in the flirtatious personal trainers. Sadly (or not) they weren´t flirting to us, but to their trainees. 😀 Still, it was good to get some exercise after Christmas but maybe we keep looking for The Right Gym for us.


Erja in front of the gym


Our recovery drinks – one cost 360 HUF (~1 €)

Almost forgot. When looking for the gyms on the internet, Heidi saw a picture of a man with huge muscles and she blurted out “Tuo mies on vetäny kyllä jotain muutaki ku ylätaljaa!”

Good night!

Heidi and Erja