Same same but different

My exchange semester in Thailand, Phuket.

Let’s get started…

I know I’m a bit late to write my first post, but better now than never!

This blog is going to include massive amount of spelling mistakes, cruel truth about my exchange semester and bad writing. I’m not a blogger. You have been warned so no complains allowed. And why I’m writing in english? They made me to. Also it’s good for my friends who don’t understand finnish.

Let me start telling you about the process:

I always knew that if I get in ANY university of my life time, I’ll spend one or two semesters abroad. I browsed different options and none of the locations didn’t seem good enough. My ultimate dream would have been California or Miami, but those semester fees are ridicilous so had to bury that thought. Winter, including coldness and snow, is definetly not my thing so some place warm and tropical climate sounds great. Then I found website and found the answer! Next problem was which one to choose: Bali or Phuket? Been in both and LOVED Bali and didn’t like Phuket that much. I made a list with pros and cons and some how Phuket won?! I was suprised too…
Well then started the loooooooong process of paper work. Sending papers here and there and asking signings here and there. Booking flights, applying visa and all the other stuff. MAKE A TO DO- LIST! Helps a lot and you won’t forget anything. I applied visa very late because I was in Mexico (awesome place, highly recommend) so I was stressing way too much about it. APPLY VISA IMMEDIATELY WHEN YOU CAN. Anyways I got it, even though I had wrong size passport pictures!
I think browsing the flights was the most fun part in this process (and of course the approval letter). Flights between continents can be very expensive so my tip for you is: go as many sites you can, compare and search from different cities from Europe. Also very important for long flights: a good airline. I was flying from Helsinki to Budapest (had a small city break there), from there to Bangkok via Doha with Qatar Airways. Great airline with good food, great service, nice entertainment and spacious seats. Then I had booked a flight to Phuket but missed that one because of delay. Well thank god I had this whatever- attitude and went to AirAsia service desk and bought a new flight. Checked in, went through security control and bought a sandwich. I landed to Phuket 6 pm, though about catching a bus, which never came so took a taxi for 650 baht (45min ride) and found my apartment.
I had contacted a finnish realtor before I came here and she found me an apartment here. It’s really near the school and has it own gym and pool. You can find  cheaper places and I recommend to come couple weeks earlier and find a place by yourself. But I didn’t have that much time. I just arrived two days earlier and that’s why I arranged my living advance. Anyways when I arrived here, there was no one in the office who could give me the key and so on. Found a security guy who called for me ( of course he didn’t speak ANY english, suprise suprise) and the renter told me that I was supposed to come next day?! I was like ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! Well never loose your face in Thailand, keep calm and smile! :))))) Then the call just ended in between me asking how this is possible and I think I talked like 5 minutes even not noticing that the call has ended. Then I looked like a big question mark and didn’t know what is going on: should I go to hotel or will I get my apartment or what on earth?! Security guy was just smiling to me and kept his arm up showing me 5 minutes or something. After 10 minutes a small man or boy (yes, very hard to say in Thailand) came with a scooter and gave me a key. Hallelujah!
When I opened the door, I was thinking nonononono, tomorrow I go to office and ask for nicer one. I cannot stand the red leather sofa, small kitchen without any equipments (I love cooking, I have to have a nice kitchen) and wet toilet/shower. I was tired and cranky and everything seemed so bad. I went to tiny market or more like a kiosk next to the flat and bought necessary things like bugspray ( i don’t want any kind of small living thing coming under my door), hangers, toilet freshner and -paper. Went to bed and slept million hours. Next day everything was okey again and went to shopping mall neaby to buy more essentials like a dress from Guess and Victoria’s secret perfume. Such a happy day!
I will try to take some pictures so my posts won’t look this boring! I’m also very nervous about tomorrow ’cause my school will start with a orientation week. Wish me luck and fingers crossed that my schoolmates will be fun!
By the way, don’t take my blog too serious 😉

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