The United Adventure

studying, practical training, placement, occupational therapy, University of Northampton, hospital

Are you alright!

We’re finally alright, thanks. Couple weeks ago we had a loong week at home because we both fell in sick and had (still have) very persistent flu. Because of the flu I got also experience English health care from different perspective as a patient. For me seeing the doctor (private consultation) on the other side of the city in a walk-in centre, getting a prescription and an antibiotic cost 80 pounds (more than 100 euros) – I keep my fingers crossed that my travel insurance is worth it. My visit in the walk-in centre was quite interesting because this was my second time when passed an area in Leicester where I looked around and found myself being the only ‘white person’. That’s something that doesn’t happen in Finland. In Leicester there are more than 50 percent of living here are foreign or from ethnic minority. So we see people from sooo many cultures, countries and religions every day!

I have met especially people who have Indian background and one of the funniest meeting happened on one Monday in the supermarket. I ¬†had a annoying cough and I decided to go to buy some syrup for my throat. There I was reading those packages and couldn’t make a decision (surprise..) what to choose. Then one salesclerk asked me if I needed help. We started to discuss about flu, medicines, cultures, Finland, Aki Kaurism√§ki, Nokia, diversity of Leicester etc. After that the salesclerk asked my name and I answered “Sunny” because that’s the way people call me here. The clerk looked me curiously then turned and showed his name badge “Sunny”. So his name was also Sunny and he is a man. Of course I explained how my name is written really and said it in Finnish, but the moment was so amusing that we both laughed for a good while and shook hands like “Nice to meet you Sunny! My name is Sunny.”. He also asked me for a drink later and I laughed on my way to home that not everyday a namesake ask you out. Later I heard that Sunny is very common Indian name so he isn’t the only namesake I’ve here.

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For us it has looked that all these cultures can live here in harmony. The truth can be different but that’s what we have seen and it’s very positive. We have also been very happy of our international friends we have met especially in Northampton. It’s just so fantastic that people can be from India, Dubai, Krotian or Finland and still we all laugh at the same things and can share unforgettable moments together. So before we fell in ill we were seeing those nice guys from all over the world in Northampton for few days and had a good time there. We were watching fireworks for 5th of November (big day in England), dancing in a club and we also pop in a Indian parade which was for Diwali (Indian new year).

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We have only ONE week our placements to go and it will go so f-a-s-t. At the moment we’re little bit stressed about PPLAT and all the assignments we have to complete before our last day… piece of cake (or maybe not). Where comes to my mind that British people love cakes! And sweets. And coffee (yep coffee, the claim that tells British drink mostly tee is a big hoax, be aware!). To be honest we are waiting for going back to Finland, hopefully there is snow when we arrive! But before that we’ll go to see what’s other side of the see, in Ireland, green moorlands? And our plan is also check how London prepares for Christmas!

xxx Sunny

See you soon Finland!