270 days of my life wednesday / 19 september 07
Last year I spent 270 days in Finland. Now I'm already more than three month back in Austria, time enough to think about my experiences during Erasmus. So I decided to write one of my last entries in this blog: The conclusion about this amazing period of my life.

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me.maethros.com sunday / 15 july 07
This blog was originally designed to let my friends and family at home take part in my life, while I spent my Erasmus time in Finland. Because this period is over and there are only a few stories left to tell, I decided to close this blog soon.

Because I really enjoyed writing this blog I started today a new blog about my "normal life" in Austria. If you have liked this blog I'm sure you will also enjoy the new one.

Here is the url: http://me.maethros.com



Alter Schwede! - The Stockholm Report sunday / 08 july 07
As I promised I finished my report about my trip to our neighbor country Sweden and my visit of the capitol Stockholm, which I did during last April. Enjoy!

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where.elks.roam - the video thursday / 28 june 07
During the last days I was very busy with creating a video about my Erasmus time in Finland.

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Last Days saturday / 09 june 07
Yes, the ERASMUS adventure is over for me and I'm already back home in Austria.
So I want to tell you what happened during the last days in Oulu and how the journey on the way home was for me.

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Sunshine sunday / 27 may 07
Today we had a perfect day here in Oulu: almost +20°C, blue sky and sunshine - Amazing!
Here is a short report about what happens on this very first "hot" day in a cold Finland.

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Gernot For Emperor! saturday / 26 may 07
A few days ago Julie created a webpage for Pauline's candidation for the next presidential elections in France in 2012.

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My Sun Fell Down saturday / 19 may 07
So, what's happening in Oulu this days?

Well, now I finished all my exams and courses at the university, like most of my friends. The university seems to get more empty every day - I think the reason is that the summer holidays will start in less than two weeks...

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God Save The Queen - The London Report monday / 14 may 07
During March I spend an unforgettable weekend in London, where I visited my friend Jon and his family, to celebrate St. Patrick's Day together with them. Here is my report about this great time in England. Enjoy!

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Vappu, the Nordkapp and Eternal Glory friday / 11 may 07
I'm sorry that I didn't have time to carry about my blog for such a long time. But now I'm back and I finally have enough time to report what happened during the last weeks...

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Back from Stockholm! tuesday / 17 april 07
Yesterday afternoon I arrived after a 20 hours journey by subway, bus, ferry and train back in Oulu from a nice trip to Stockholm/Sweden (the land of the Vikings, ABBA and IKEA), where I spend 4 great days my friends :)

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Hallå Sverige - Going to visit the Vikings! tuesday / 10 april 07
Tomorrow morning I will leave with my friends to the country of "Vicky the Viking": Sweden, more exactly to it's capital Stockholm.

I was looking forward to visit this amazing city since I arrived in Scandinavia and finally this day has come :)

See you next week! Farväl!



Pääsiäinen - Eastern In Finland sunday / 08 april 07
Every year at Eastern we eat the traditional Osterjause on the Holy Saturday in Austria. With a lot of accuracy we prepare the Hollowed-Basket and bring it to the Fleischweihe (a mass at the church where all the ingredients get hallowed). Every ingredient in this bag has it's special purpose: Depending on the region there are cooked Easter-Ham, special cooked Sausages (NOT MAKARA), horseradish, cooked pig- or beef-tongue, a piece of roast pork, colored Easter-Eggs and Osterstriezel or Osterreindling (both some very special cakes) in the bag.

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Keeps You Yodeling All Night Long! wednesday / 04 april 07
Since two days there is a new energy drink available in the states: "Frank's - Authentic Austrian Energy" is the name of the product which is distributed by one of the companies of our uncle from America: Frank Stronach.

On his web page some real typical Austrian Girls are making the advertisement for this new product: Long blond hair, very tight and short traditional costumes, leather Hot Pants... Yes, the typical Austrian Girl ;)

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Es War Mir Ein Volksfest! monday / 02 april 07
This weekend another good friend has left Oulu:
Frank "The Tank", a Pleasure Man from Germany, who was noted for his fondness for Finish girls, Belgium girls and girls from all other countries. It beats me, how he managed to find some time between all those allegiances to talk some hours per day with his girlfriend at home :)

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The Last Meal - Frank's Goodbye-Dinner-Party sunday / 01 april 07
Two days before Frank had to leave Oulu, he decided to organize a last big Dinner-Party together with all his friends. At this Party everybody who was invited had to cook something - for me it was another chance to get to know some new recipes ;)

For the main course Maike, Kathrin and me chose to create Maike's excellent Vegetarian Lasagna, David cooked an excellent Pörkölt with Nokedli, Johann baked a nice Pizza and Julie cooked a typically Finish food with potatoes and ham, of which nobody could remember the name :)

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Leaving the Hilbert Space friday / 30 march 07
Thanks everybody in Austria, Finland, Portugal, Sweden and Germany for keeping the fingers crossed - the exam is done and I'm free again.
I gave my best and now the result only depends on my connections to the university administration and the big sum of money I transfered to my teachers bank account right before the exam :)
If all these things don't work: I already figured out where my teacher lives..

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My life in the Hilbert Space wednesday / 28 march 07
My life radically changed two weeks ago. I started to live a Asceticism life: That means that I didn't take part in parties (except of the "Biggest Exchange Party Ever") anymore and I also didn't join my friends in going out during the week. So no fun at all.

Instead you could have seen me spending around 7 hours per day at the university library and sitting at my desk in my room until 4 o'clock in the night...

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The Biggest Exchange Student Homeparty Ever tuesday / 27 march 07
It was a few weeks ago and after we came back from another evening in Caio, when Juliette and me had the idea to organize a big party for all Erasmus Students...

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In The Footsteps Of Wolfgang Puck thursday / 22 march 07
In the last few weeks Carina and me created some unique meal-masterpieces.
Of course all typical Austrian Food like...

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A Big Step Towards Home wednesday / 21 march 07
Time flies much too fast.. It feels like only moments ago, that there were 6 month left until I will have to leave my beloved Finland and go back home to Austria, now there are only 10 weeks left.

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Pauline's Twist tuesday / 20 march 07
During the last few month I had the pleasure to enjoy some very delicious meals cooked by some of my friends here in Finland.
So I recognized that I'm surrounded by some very well cooks and because I'm very interested in learning new recipes from different countries I asked them to give me some cooking lessons.

Of course I first begged Pauline (one of France's best chefs), to disclose the secret of her wonderful Crumble (an delicious cake made with apples and cinnamon, which always reminded my to the Austrian Apfelstrudel).
So finally she gave me my first cooking lesson today.

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Back From London! monday / 19 march 07
Yes, I'm back in Oulu from a trip to the country of King Arthur, Freddy Mercury, and the Mad Cow Disease - The United Kingdom of Great Britain, where I spent some wonderful days with some friends to celebrate the St. Patrick's Days together with our friend Jon.


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A Holiday in the Spa sunday / 11 march 07
Because now finally the spring is back in Oulu, there is a lot of snow-mud and dirt everywhere on the streets.

That's why Carina and me decided to go to the Holiday Club Oulu. This is a spa hotel, which includes a very nice swimming bath with some big swimming pools (even a wave generating swimming pool), whirlpools, sauna, outdoor swimming pool and water slides (*JUHU*), located right by the sea next to the Nallikari Beach...

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Total Lunar Eclipse saturday / 10 march 07
On 3 March 2007 a very seldom astronomical event could be watched from every place in the world: A Total Lunar Eclipse.
So Julie and me decided to watch this happening on the frozen lake next to the university...

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Do kummt die Sunn, I gfrei mi, des is klass... saturday / 10 march 07
After a definitely too long and hard winter the sun found it's way back to Finland! :)
Days are getting longer (it lasts more than 11 hours already), birds are singing in the trees and at some days there are even temperatures above 0°C outside. Time to write something about the proverbial Finish Winter.

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loss lei laafn, is lei woosa - AUSTRIA DAYS monday / 05 march 07
This month I got two very important visitors: Manuel and Ingo, both good old friends from my beloved Austria. With them they brought some Austrian Flair to Finland: Austria Days in Oulu ;)

We spent 10 great days together with a sightseeing tour through Oulu, International Dinner Evenings, a nice trip to Kemi (to see the snow castle) and to Rovaniemi (for cross-country skiing), I gave them an introduction to Finish Sauna and Ice Swimming, we saw the frozen sea and a Finish Ice hockey game..

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What means 'Sunset' in Finish? monday / 05 march 07
This weekend I have been again at the Nallikari Beach together with Julie to enjoy the beautiful sunset on the frozen sea.

Now I can show you what "Sunset" means in Finish ;)

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Tallinn Video Online sunday / 04 march 07
During our Tallinn-Trip a few weeks ago, Jasmin took some videos to create a short movie.
Yesterday she finished her work and so I'm proud to present her work here on my blog :)

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From Russia With Love wednesday / 28 february 07
After a very long time I was finally in the mood to write the report about my trip to St. Petersburg and Moscow in the last year. It took me some days to complete it, enjoy ;)

I ever wanted to visit Russia, so I tried to organize a trip to Moscow and St.Petersburg by myself during the last year. After some time I realized that it is very difficult to enter this country...

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Living in a Deep Freezer thursday / 22 february 07
Just a picture I took after Maike and me came back from a relaxing walk around the lake, looking for some Northern Lights.
It was a clear night with about -27°C - at the end, as you can see, even my cilia were frozen ;)

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I can't feel my legs anymore thursday / 22 february 07
It was a typical afternoon in Oulu: -16°C air temperature outside, around 0°C water temperature.. A good day to go swimming: ICEHOLE SWIMMING!!

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Living in a Midwinter Night's Dream monday / 19 february 07
Yesterday I had the chance to take some pictures of the completely frozen sea at the Nallikari Beach of Oulu.
The best one you can see here.

Enjoy!

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The Tallinn Report monday / 19 february 07
After a long journey I'm back from Tallinn!
Here is my report of this amazing trip to the capital of Estonia. Enjoy!

After I finished my courses and took the exam I finally had some freetime, which I decided to spent again at an (for me) unknown place in the world.
For our travel destination I chose Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, which is located on Estonia's north coast to the Gulf of Finland, 80 kilometers south of Helsinki, so about 700km south of Oulu. This means a 6 hours journey by train and 3 hours of traveling by ferry. We planned this trip already during the last year, so we all were very excited...

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Estonia, here we come! tuesday / 06 february 07
My astronomy-exam is over! Finally now It's the first time this year I have some freetime! *oleole*
And I will definitely use it: Tomorrow morning I will leave with some friends to Estonia for a couple of days - more exactly to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, which is located only 80 km south of Helsinki (where we also will make a short stop to visit a friend).
For me another trip to the sunny south. Unfortunately the weather forecast prognosticates that there will be temperatures between -10°C and -20°C, but this is 21°C warmer than here in Oulu at the moment, so it shouldn't be a problem for us "North-people". ;)



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Knackig frisch is! monday / 05 february 07
New temperature record in Oulu: -31°C!!
Maybe that was the reason why my smile froze in my face when I went outside today ;)
Compared to Coimbra/Portugal (where my friend Rita lives and where it is very sunny with +15°C at the moment), there is only a nice temperature difference of 46°C :)

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Fighting the Animal monday / 05 february 07
Today I had the very unique chance to take a video of a free living example of "The Shy Julie" (lat.: Julius Suavis Abomatio) in it's natural environment: "the complete mess".
This creature is very shy and lives normally in the north of France. This afternoon I was very lucky to meet such an exemplar in the middle of Finland: In Oulu, only two floors under my flat.
I hardly survived this encounter, but I was able to bring back the video of this creature and it's habitat: "the complete mess".

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The winter has you... monday / 29 january 07
The winter has you... Or better: The winter has Finland (finally)!
Although the days are getting longer every day (the day-length increases around 70 minutes every week), it seems that the winter is getting more and more powerful. Temperatures below -20°C can't scare me anymore (we even had days with -28°C outside). Now we speak from a warm day if it is "only" -8°C.
So it's a very good time for sauna now (where i spent a lot of time every week by the way). ;)

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Polar Expedition through Oulu sunday / 21 january 07
When I woke up today it seemed to be a very nice day: The sun was shining, no wind and not even one cloud in the sky. But then I took a look at the thermometer outside of my window. It showed -21° (what maybe explained why I saw only people dressed like Eskimos outside *gg*).
So it was a good day for a walk ;)

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Oulu - Episode 2: The winter strikes back saturday / 20 january 07
After I had to wake up at 5 in morning (only with 3 hours of sleep) and a 14 hours trip I finally arrived back in Oulu.

Some of my friends already were waiting for me and we spend the first evening in the Pizzeria right next to the campus. It was a warm welcome in this cold country and it was very nice to see all the people again. I only had a few seconds to say "hello" to my new flatmate, until I had to leave to the Pizzeria, so I just putted my luggage into my room, introduced myself and went away - I don't want to know what they were thinking about me at this moment :)

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erasmus part 2 - resurrection monday / 08 january 07
After a whole month at home in Austria I'm almost back again to Oulu - ERASMUS PART 2 - this means Oulu without some real good friends I made during the last year (who had to leave after the autumn term); Oulu with all new flatmates (yeah, unfortunately all my flatmates had to leave - I hope my new ones will be as nice as my friends from Germany); but with a lot new people and hopefully with a lot future friends from all over the world.

At lot of will be new this term, a lot of will be missed and will be changed compared to the last year, so I'm almost as excited as at the beginning in August and I'm going back to Oulu with mixed feelings.


Let me tell you what happened since I left Oulu four weeks ago...

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Last big exam done!! friday / 08 december 06
"Wunderliche Gedanken, seltsame Fantasien ziehen durch meinen Kopf und verschwinden wieder. Was schert mich das Vergehen der Stunden: Heute trinke ich Bier." ;)

- Edgar Allan Poe

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Everything that has a beginning, has an end - EILC Goodbye Party tuesday / 05 december 06
The first term of our ERASMUS year is nearly over. That means a lot of exams, partys and unfortunately also valedictions.
It's hard for me to say "Goodbye" to many friends (who only spend one term in Oulu) I mate in the last few month, knowing that I won't see some of them again. Many people, like me, will return in January, but also some real good friends will stay in their homeland or continue their stay abroad in other countries like Norway...

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Goodbye Anu monday / 04 december 06
Since three month now I'm taking part in the Tandem Project of the University of Oulu. Now we are at the end of this term and so I decided to tell you something about this very interesting project and my nice tandem partner Anu.

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The Helsinki Report monday / 27 november 06
Because we all became more or less depressive in the last days (caused by only seeing 4 hours of "grey" light every day) Julie and I decided that we need a "climate-change" and determined to travel to the south (as far as possible).
A good old friend from the EILC - Pascal - already invited us a couple of weeks ago and so we decided to visit him in his study-town Helsinki.

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Back from Russia saturday / 25 november 06
Yes, I spent a whole week in our neighbor-country Russia (St.Petersburg and Moscow) and survived this trip (when you hear what all happened to me in these cities, you will be really surprised that I managed to come back in one piece and without serious injuries).

Unfortunately, as you can imagine, this entry will be a very long one (a lot of memories have to be remembered and hundreds of pictures have to be sorted out), so it will take me some time to write this entry. Be patient, it's really worth to wait for it ;)



Ice Swimming at -15°C sunday / 05 november 06
In the last days it became very cold here in Oulu (about -15°C at the day and even colder at night). So all our lakes and nearly all the rivers are completely frozen now.
This means perfect conditions for a nice ice-hole swimming (if you are crazy enough) :)

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Kontimaani ompi Suomi friday / 03 november 06
Once per month a student guild from the University of Oulu offers the chance to visit a Symphonic Concert for a very cheap price (2€ per ticket).

Yesterday my flatmate Andi and me decided to go there and spend a nice evening with classical music.

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Devils and Blueberry juice - Halloween in Oulu wednesday / 01 november 06
31th of October - this means a lot of devils, witches, monsters running around everywhere and costumed children going door-to-door collecting sweets, fruit, and other treats. And of course: Halloween Partys ;)

Normally I would not celebrate this stupid American custom (which they stole originally from the Irish in the 19th century), but it is a reason to make another nice party ;)

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Results of the ESN-City Ralley 2006 sunday / 29 october 06
Last weeks the results of the ESN City Ralley 2006 were announced at an international dinner party organized by the ESN: Victory for our team!!

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Mother Holle went crazy friday / 27 october 06
Today when I woke up I thought it will be an very nice and sunny day like yesterday. But after opened my eyes and my curtains and took a look out of my window I was first thinking about the apocalypse - but with snow and ice instead of fire and sulfur ;)

Right now there is a real blizzard in Oulu!

That means that because of the heavy wind the snow is coming from every side at the same time. In the last few hours we got more then 5cm of snow - and no end in sight. At least it's not as cold as in the last days, so we have about -1°C outside now. Mother Holle really went crazy..

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étant un membre de l'équipe française thursday / 26 october 06
A few weeks ago i promised a friend from France to write something in French in my blog. She told that if I would do so she will add an entry in German to her blog. So I decided to write something about French in French ;) I'm pretty sure, that I will make a lot of mistakes, but it's the first time I use this (very complicated) language.
The English translation can be found at the end of this entry.

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weather in oulu wednesday / 25 october 06
On the right I added a feature, which shows always the actual weather here in Oulu compared to the weather at home in Villach/Austria.
So now you can always see how cold it is here in Finland ;)



Fishing-Trip to Lapland tuesday / 24 october 06
Last weekend my flatmates (Andi, David, Stefan) and me finally went in the high north of Finland to spent a nice and relaxing time there together.
We visited the most beautiful and loneliest part of Finland again: Lapland.

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Mother Holle visits Finland monday / 23 october 06
In the last two days Mother Holle was very busy here in Finland, so finally it's winter in Oulu - or at least everything is white now and you have to take care not getting hit by a snow-ball on the way to university ;)

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esn city ralley 2006 monday / 16 october 06
Last week there was an amazing event here in Oulu: The ESN City Ralley!

At this event foreign students form teams and get a map with some specific locations where they have to use all they've got to score their team lots of points. They have to perform four dangerous tasks of various kinds, but in general courage, originality and (maybe) even talent is required.
It is sayed if they can survive this they can survive anything, but of course there can only be one winner... Survival of the fittest, as it is sayed in biology ;)

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Autumn in Oulu saturday / 14 october 06
Today it was one of the unique sunny days in autumn. Therefore we used this day to make an excursion to the Naliskari beach here in Oulu.

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this was EILC 2006 saturday / 07 october 06
I have been now for more than two month and a few days here in Oulu, time flies like an arrow! Day after day, days shorten and nights get darker and darker, longer and longer. It's a strange feeling to know that in few weeks, cold and darkness will be there almost all day long...

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a group of dancing monkeys tuesday / 26 september 06
Today we learned the parts of the human body in our finish course. Like always they have a very interesting way to teach this to us.
Accidentally I had my cam with me and took a short video of my classmates.

Enjoy it!

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eilc certificate tuesday / 26 september 06
Today I finally got my EILC-Certificate (for succeeding this finish language course I took during the last month)!

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ice hockey wednesday / 20 september 06
Last week the ice-hockey season has startet in Finland and so I saw my first finish ice-hockey match this tuesday:
Oulun Kärpet vs. Lappeenrantan Saipa.


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study trip to lapland tuesday / 19 september 06
As I promised: Here is a brief summary of our Lapland study trip to Rovaniemi and to the town of Santa Clause, we did a few weeks ago.

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new section: cultureshock finland sunday / 17 september 06
Today I added a new section on this homepage: Cultureshock Finland.

On this part of my homepage I will write about my experience about the finish culture, which is partially very different to the Austrian culture.

You can find a link CULTURESHOCK in the navigation bar.



comments sunday / 10 september 06
From now on it's possible to add some comments to my entrys (also to old ones)! ;)

Have fun!



11th Air Guitar World Championships Finals saturday / 09 september 06
Hei! It's been a long time since i wrote something here the last time, but i have been very bussy the last 3 weeks.

Actually I wanted to tell now what happend in this time, but yesterday we had the chance to watch the 11th Air Guitar World Championships Final which took place in Club Teatria in Oulu which is the biggest rock club in whole Finland!
So I will now tell you something about this amazing event - but I'll write about the last weeks in the next days - I promise :)

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study trip to Hailuota monday / 14 august 06
On Monday (07/08/2006) and Thuesday (08/08/2006) we visited Hailuota – a very big and well known island near Oulu. Hailuoto is a unique northern island community in which rare sea landscape harmonizes with well preserved environment. The island in its whole is one of the national landscapes of Finland, the only one as a whole county.

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Very sunny with 22° to 25° wednesday / 09 august 06
After a longer break I'm back again :) I'm sorry that I couldn't write an entry everday, but I have been very busy. So here is a short summary of the last days.

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Achse Villach-Ulm wednesday / 02 august 06
Today we had our first finish lesson. It's an quite interesting, but very difficult (because it's so different) language. But now I'm able to introduce myself:

"Päivää! Minä olen Gernot jo minä olen itavaltalainen."
This means something like: "Hello! I'm Gernot and I'm from Austria".

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meeting the fat policeman tuesday / 01 august 06
Today in the morning we met the first time our EILC coordinator and our finish teachers for the next four weeks. They arranged a brunch in an university cafe for all new EILC students. I was most confused that there also were some fish at the sideboard. Later I was told that it's normally for Fins to have some fish and milk for brunch (I don't know if I will get used to this kind of finish breakfast).

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day or night - that's the question monday / 31 july 06
After a long flight from Vienna (three hours) Martin and I finally arrived in Helsinki where we met Pascal (he is a frenchman from Paris who will also attend the EILC in Oulu). Helsinki doesn't look a city with 562.000 inhabitants. Rather like many houses in the middle of a forest ;)
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270 days of my life
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Alter Schwede! - The Stock...
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Last Days
Sunshine
Gernot For Emperor!
My Sun Fell Down
God Save The Queen - The L...
Vappu, the Nordkapp and Et...
Back from Stockholm!
Hallå Sverige - Going to v...
Pääsiäinen - Eastern In Fi...
Keeps You Yodeling All Nig...
Es War Mir Ein Volksfest!
The Last Meal - Frank's Go...
Leaving the Hilbert Space
My life in the Hilbert Spa...
The Biggest Exchange Stude...
In The Footsteps Of Wolfga...
A Big Step Towards Home
Pauline's Twist
Back From London!
A Holiday in the Spa
Total Lunar Eclipse
Do kummt die Sunn, I gfrei...
loss lei laafn, is lei woo...
What means 'Sunset' in Fin...
Tallinn Video Online
From Russia With Love
Living in a Deep Freezer
I can't feel my legs anymo...
Living in a Midwinter Nigh...
The Tallinn Report
Estonia, here we come!
Knackig frisch is!
Fighting the Animal
The winter has you...
Polar Expedition through O...
Oulu - Episode 2: The wint...
erasmus part 2 - resurrect...
Last big exam done!!
Everything that has a begi...
Goodbye Anu
The Helsinki Report
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Kontimaani ompi Suomi
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Results of the ESN-City Ra...
Mother Holle went crazy
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weather in oulu
Fishing-Trip to Lapland
Mother Holle visits Finlan...
esn city ralley 2006
Autumn in Oulu
this was EILC 2006
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