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Physiotherapy practical training in Barcelona

Local culture and how it suits me


Now I’ll write about local culture and how it suits me. I use term local culture because I don’t like to use Spanish or Catalan culture now in this political situation. So I call it local culture.

Before I came to Barcelona, I had some understanding about local culture. But of course I have learned new things and realized many new things for me what you just can’t learn without living in Barcelona. I have integrated well to local culture but there is still things that I miss from Finland. One thing what I have had troubles to integrated is lack of discipline of people here. Like at work, when we are almost out of a detergent, nobody from the workers doesn’t do anythinig before we really are out of the detergent. And couple times we couldn’t be able to wash towels in a day because we didn’t have the detergent. Also at the work people don’t bring things they have used to the place where they have taken them, electrodes are not treated with care, cleaning heads of ultrasound or deep warm machine is lacking and if people use last paper towels from a ultrasound cart, they won’t get new roll. Those things drive me nuts sometimes. And I know that the people at work know that they could do better with organizing, cleaning and handling the machines, but the always say that they don’t have time. And it’s partly true. If there are 215 clients per day, it is basically impossible to take care of everything.

I have to admit that working habbits were quite a shock for me first. But I have integrated to them pretty well. Except those organizing, cleaning and handling things. That is why I try to do my best with them and show some example for the other students and as well for the employees. But I have integrated to the used passive treatments, the amount of the clients and the tempo of the work. I normally do 7 – 12 clients per day by myself and I also help the other students or employees if they need help with the treatments of the clients. Even most of the treatments are passive, I have started also do more active exercises with the clients.

I haven’t participated to the universitys international freetime programs at all during my exchange. I haven’t feel that I would like to and the university is quite far away. And I like to have some own time here now, when I don’t have all the resposibilities that I have in Finland. Still I have got new friends from the other students from the work and I have meet people who also play american football. Sport always bring people together all over the world. On my freetime I go to the gym, to the city center, meet my friends and I also have gone to the american football practice now.

Now it’s little bit over two weeks left here. I wait to get back to home but it have been a great joyrney so far!