La vida de Inksu en Valencia

My 3 month practical training in sunny Valencia Spain!

Monthly Archives: December 2016

After the exchange

It´s Christmas holiday. Yesterday I wanted to do the Erasmus+ OLS -language test but I couldn´t.  I was starting the language test of Erasmus+ program when I noticed just before that the language was wrong. I should do the test in Spanish, not in English. I didn´t start the test but just I checked the language because I thought that it could be wrong… In the text of the email there was written that I had the link to the Spanish test but when I opened the link there was the English test.

I tried to change the language but I could not find the way to change the language by myself… The mayor problem was that I was supposed to do the Spanish test before 31/12/2016 but all the contact persons in the sending institution, that could change the language,  were on Christmas holiday until the January 2017.
In this case I hope it is possible to do the Spanish test in January 2017 even though in the message it was written it should be done 31/12/2016. I hope everything goes well! 🙂 At least I have proves that I had tried to find a way to do the test but it´s not my fault that I can´t.  I am waiting for that this problems is solved asap. 🙂

It´s a language test of the Erasmus+ OLS program that I did before the departure date and now I have to do it again to see if I have improved my language skills in Spanish.

In January 2017 I will have a little bit paperwork left due to this exchange experience, grant money and ECTS credits. A lot of documents with signs and stamps. 😉

Travelling home

On 18th of December it was time to travel back home to Finland.  I had the flight via Munich. The flight was operated by Lufthansa. At Munich airport I had to go in 30 minutes from the gates G to the gates K that were in the different building. I followed the signs “Gates K” to the airport terminal 2 shuttle that took me in a few minutes to the gates K. My gate was waiting for me in the final of the long corridor. I was there in the time. In the aircraft I enjoyed a good, delicious, meal of chicken, rice and pepper sauce. Everything went well and soon I was in Finland.

Good bye Spain, hello Finland! 🙂

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2017!!!

I will go back but I don´t know yet when it´s the time to visit Spain again. I love it but for a while it´s nice like this. I am so grateful that I had this opportunity to improve so well my language skills in Spanish. I also practiced a little bit English, which was good. I am also so grateful that I met amazing people and make new friends from Finland, Spain and other countries. I hope they will remember me even though I worked a lot with my thesis that took some time… I am happy that after the first month that I was many times ill I could enjoy the time I had. I had great moments that I will never forget.

Madrid and the concert of Malú 17.12.2016

On 16th of December I traveled from Valencia to Madrid by the AVE high speed train that can go aproximately around 300km/h. It´s the quick and easy way to travel from Valencia to Madrid in about 1,5 hours. It´s quite expensive but I had booked and bought my ticket in advance, about one month before so it was only 21 euros (instead of 79e).

Madrid is amazing. This time I went there it was rainy and quite cold but it´s lovely anyway. I went to visit the city center, Retiro Park, Prado Museum and ate in Vips and 100 Montaditos. 😉 I have been in Madrid many times but this time it was different that I went there alone.

Parque del Retiro










On 17th of December I went to the concert of a famous Spanish artist, Malú. I went there alone but I enjoyed the time! It was an amazing concert with good music, amazing stage show and brilliant atmosphere.


Last day in the hospital Casa de Salud 12.12.2016

Last day of my gerontological nursing practice was very busy. The unit was full of patients with a lot of work to do. Last day was anyway very nice because I could work with my favorite nurses Celia and Inma. I met also Maria that I like a lot. 🙂

I went to visit the neonatal intensive care unit once more to say bye bye. It was very hard to say bye bye to the personal of the hospital. I went a way with some tears in my eyes and red face but still I was very happy to have the practice of three months done. It´s the feeling when you accomplish something and are very happy to have the experience but know that it´s time to move on.

The next day I went to meet an amazing international coordinator Esther of the Catholic University of Valencia (Universidad Católica de Valencia UCV) to get signs for every important document I have to take with me to Finland for the future paperwork. I got very good feedback about my practical training and me as a nursing student. I think the whole exchange experience was very instructive and good experience not only thinking about my future career as a professional nurse but also thinking about my personal life.




My thoughts about Finland and Spain during the exchange

Written the 12th of December, published the 23rd of December

I have a week left here in Spain. My exchange experience has been great. I speak good Spanish so I am understood and I can communicate without any problems.

It really seems that the attitud “mañana mañana” exists. In the hospital the nurses I know do everything as soon as possible it is needed. Once I heard a doctor saying laughing: “Should I check it now or later? No, I check it tomorrow. I just want to sleep.” I am also quite exact with the exchange documents with signs and correct amount of hours and I want that they match and are done as it is written in the exchange check list. I want that everything is correct in the moment if it is possible not tomorrow or the next week. Why it is sometimes so hard to do everything well in the first time to not have to try to correct in the second or third time?

Sometimes it feels like the people do the things more complicated they really are. Where is so called “maalaisjärki”? Of course I can not say that only in Spain there would be people like that but it feels like you find easier people like that. Is it because young people live with their parents longer than in Finland? In Finland there are basic things you just have to know when you live alone. Or is it for how the things work in Finland -easier maybe?  I love Spain but it is so big country with complicated systems that everywhere, in every autonomous regions, are different in someway, the health care system for example. Maybe I would be also a little bit lost…

My flatmate told me about the Spanish high school and the university system that is totally different from our system in Finland. She studies law and knows a lot about everything. She is from the northern Spain and is very international. I like the style she respects everybody´s own space and understands cultural differences and is genuinely interested in different backgrounds. She also presents Spanish culture and lifestyle in a very positive way. Thanks for her for telling me some many things I didn´t know before.

Spain, as a country, is a very advanced occidental country in Europe and it´s a good country to live. Everything (almost everything) works, not as quickly as it could but still. Everything is so much easier in different Spanish cities and towns, except Fuengirola and Torremolinos, if you know the language -That´s the fact! XD

Spain is a country that has different kind of nature and climate in different parts of the country. In Spain a traveller can find almost everything she or he wants to explore. I love SEA and SUN, beaches, climate, friendly people (especially in Valencia I have met extraordinarily nice and friendly people), travelling by bus and train, cities and towns with different places to visit, lovely architecture and many things. Food is also good in Spain but in Finland the food is as good as in Spain I think. The only big difference is that the food in general is cheaper in Spain. The basic ingredients and products you need for living are in the same price level. If you need a lot of alcohol Finland would be too expensive for you… 😀

Spain is the country I like so much and will visit in the future many many times – I want time after time come back but Finland is the country I miss and I love so much. It is my home country with a lot of benefits. There are four different seasons, snow and rain, sun and clouds, sunshine and darkness, my mother tongue Finnish, lakes and forests, family and friends, clean nature and everything. Finnish people should be proud of what they have and enjoy it. The things are in some way better there than in more places in this planet.

I miss a lot Finland at this moment but I know that when I will be in Finland I will miss some things in Spain! 🙂

The objectives of the Gerontological Nursing Practise

During the profesional practise of the Gerontological Nursing I have become acquainted with the Gerontological nursing and health care in Spain.
 I can tell about Gerontological nursing in Spain and compare the similarities and differences in that field of nursing between two countries: Spain and Finland.
 I have got to know the working culture at the workplace where I do my practical training.
 I can tell about the position of an aging client in the Spanish society.
 I have practiced the basic nursing interventions with aging patients/ clients and monitor their vital functions.
 I have applied basic aseptic techniques to nursing practice/ I work aseptically in a right and safety way.
 I have assessed safely and promoted the health and functional ability of an aging patient/client under supervision.
 Now I can recognize needs for Gerontological nursing care and respond to them safely with the appropriate nursing, interventions.
 I have implemented safe medication under supervision.
 I have operated according to the values and principles of patient/client-oriented nursing.
 I can understand customer-friendly, sustainable and economically-viable solutions in primary healthcare in Spain.
 I am able to act responsibly and professionally according to the values and principles of patient/client-oriented nursing in Spain.
 I have put into practice the learned knowledge of Gerontological nursing and health promotion with aging people.
 I think I have given a positive and reliable picture with Spanish coworkers.
 I have learned a lot of new vocabulary both in nursing and in my free time.

The objective are reached! 🙂

Weekend in London

Mari and I travelled from Valencia to Barcelona by a night bus. We had to wait an hour to the bus at the bus station because it was late. There were noisy young Spaniards in the bus. Finaly they fell asleep and we slept well the whole trip of five hours. We travelled from Barcelona El Prat airport to London Gatwick and enjoyed our time in London. It was cold but not rainy at all. In Valencia, instead, there was a huge storm in that weekend.




Hot coffee


Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park


Oxford´s street

Trip to Montanejos

On the 21st of November my friend Mari travelled to Spain to visit me and Spain. I travelled to Alicante to see her because her flight landed there.  (It was adirect flight from Helsinki and cheaper than the flights at the moment to Valencia.) I went by bus to Alicante. In the bus I had an interesting conversation about Spanish and Finnish communication habits with a Spanish woman. She was very nice and clever and it was easy to talk about things with her. No problems with communication! 😀 At the airport of Alicante I saw my lovely friend and we travelled together to Dénia by bus to sleep in the apartment of my Finnish friend. Dénia is a small town between Alicante and Valencia.

On the 22nd of November Mari and me travelled from Dénia to Valencia to pick up my things in my flat and in the afternoon we travelled by bus to a small Spanish village Montanejos. It was a rainy day. We had to chance a bus in a village. We were the only ones who travelled that day to Montanejos because there wasn´t anybody in the second bus after the bus change and it was the only bus to Montanejos that day. In the first bus, from Valencia to the unknown village – I don´t remember the name, some elder women were very surprised when they heard that we were going to Montanejos. 😀 The way from the “unknown village” to Montanejos was very dark and it was cold and rainy so we were a little bit excited about what was coming.

In Montanejos we had a hotel room booked for two nights. Though there was anybody at the street that time we found the hotel full of people. We were looking forward to visit a “Finnish sauna” that they mencioned in the hotel´s website but when we were in the spa we noticed the “Finnish sauna” was broken… XD After we enjoyed the dinner in the hotel´s restaurant.



We slept well. The next morning we ate a breakfast and went to visit Las Fuentes del Baño that are some kind of hot springs where the water is all over the year about 25 degrees. It was perfect because the weather was rainy and cold (about +8 degrees) and the water of the river was about 25 degrees. At least it felt very warm. We swam there until the fish in the river started to follow us… XD


Two days relaxing in Montanejos and then it was time to travel back to Valencia. There were about six very loudy Spanish persons in the bus. They were talking about things and everybody just concentrated on what she or he was saying – Everyone just wanted to say the own thing and like no matter what the other is saying. I think that is quite an interesting habit… Fortunately every Spaniard is not like them. 😀


We didn´t have any problems with Spanish language because my friend and I handle almost perfectly the language. 😉