Arkistot kuukauden mukaan: tammikuu 2019

Study trip part 3 – Some impressions

Huom. mobiiliversiossa tekstin asettelut saattavat poiketa alkuperäisestä, joten suosittelemme lukemaan tietokoneen selaimessa.

Matka kuin aikuisena sen kokenut ois

Jukka Parviainen

Niin se alkoi et’ astuin laivaan uuvuttavaan,
se tähtien vierestä mut paikkaan vapauden kiidätti.
Lapsenomainen kiillto silmissäni ei himmenyt ei,
ei vaik’ turvattomuus mut valtavaan valtaansa kahli,
ja kettingin avaimet pudotti maan pinnalle, pölyyn ihmisten,
sinne kiistattomuuteen.
Sinne mun katseeni tietysti viils’.
Ihmeekseni avaimen katseen niskassain tunsin.
Verrattoman ilkikurinen otus tää ihminen on,
ajattelin mä.
Ja myötätuntoa sain – ehkäpä kaipasin.

Uniformut mut tyköstään vapautti.
Eikös kahle kadonnut, mut’ mikä sija oli avaimel?
Hennosti sisäisesti naurahdin oikulliselle mielellein’.
Oiva tilaisuus tarjoutui lähteä tutkimaan tätä kamaraa vierasta,
enkä karun sataman häiritä antanut mä en.
Portin läpi menin päätäin niksauttain
ryhmän luokse kutsuvan ja lämpimän,
ja ehkäpä heidän kaulassaan messinkisen avaimen näin.
Heidän kanssaan ravintoa ruumiin lähdettiin hakemaan,
mut’ avain heidän sisältään – näin uskoa haluan –
pääni halkaisi ja samalla rutiinin tylsän nirhasi,
ajatuksen vapautti:
Ei täältä ollut tarkoitus kylläisenä poistua,
vaan sielun halukkaana ja nälkäisenä tunteita kokemaan.
Yhteenkuuluvuus on se ravinto suuri.

Päivät kaupungis’ halki revityn nopeudel’ valon meni.
Ihmiset ympärillä, sisäpiirissä ja ulkopiirissä,
arvokkaita oppitunteja välitti.
Huumaantuneena pässinä hämilläni mäkätin.
Maan asukkaat sinivalkoisen mulle suoraa tietoo vuodatti,
draamaani siedätti ja mahdollisuuden antoivat.
Maa halkeutunut kantaa otti, jopa hatun päästä nakkas!
Tuota en mä anteeksi antaa voinut,
kunnes ymmärsin sanoman inhimillisen:
Suorasukaisia he ovat,
mutta paha on heidän sydämestään kaukana.
Kuitenkin helposti johdateltavissa on halu menneille kultaa antaa
ja johdonmukaisuutta ja kieltäymystä suudella.

Kynttilä savuamaan alkoi,
kun yhteisö kaupungin alkoi toistuvalta tuntua.
Mä mielessäni silloin virheen näin ja ymmärsin:
Olen palvelija, joka herransa valtikkaa haluaa pitää,
olla vapaana vastuusta, olla itsenäinen ihminen ikuisesti.
Mutta yhteisö, tuo pirulainen, sitä mun sieluni halajaa.
Vakautta ja laskelmallisuutta – sitä se tarvitsee.
Voinko lapsena silloin elää?
Pelästyin ja koneeseen tavarani nakkasin,
matka kävi nopeasti Helsinkiin.

Suuri kysymys, johon vastausta en tiedä:
voinko enää palvoa vapautta?
Ikkunasta ulos katson ja hymyilen.

8.1.2019

Study trip blog part 2

Sunday 21.10. 2018

On Sunday there was still some time to participate in an interesting walking tour of Dresden highlights before our train left to Berlin at around noon. Some of us preferred sleeping long after the strenuous hiking day. There was some excitement in the air as we had some misunderstanding about the meeting point at the train station and the train was about to leave. A quick last minute phone call and in no time at all, we were lucky to get on the train after all. During the afternoon we settled down and checked in at the hostel. The other study trip participants arrived and we met the last lot at the airport at around six pm. After everyone had their key cards to the rooms we went to a pizza place just round the corner. The owner of the place is a real entertainer and he always tries to guess customers’ countries of origin.
We finalised our plans for the next day and went back to the hostel. (Kaija)

Fernsehturm Photo Tea Sissonen

Monday 22 October 2018

We woke up to have breakfast downstairs at the hostel. The breakfast was surprisingly good.
The first item on our programme was the Olympic stadium of Berlin. Unfortunately, it wasn’t open when we got there, so we resorted to plan B and went to see Kurfürstendam and the Memorial church there, as well as the KaDeWe – Kaufhaus des Westens that is Europe’s second largest department store after Harrods. When we managed to visit the stadium, it was enormous, as expected. It was such a pity to see the old stadium being left there to rot next to the renovated one. We also experienced an incident with the public toilets that would not open despite our efforts and coins. We wondered what we did wrong and tried to see if other people managed to get in. Later in the evening we had a guided tour in the Reichstag building where the German parliament meets. I was surprised by the security checks before entering the tour. This, as well, was a gigantic piece of building. It was such a pity the dome was under cleaning and we were only able to check it out from outside. But either way the view from the roof terrace into the illuminated city was nice. After leaving the Reichstag to head back to the hostel we decided to check on the memorial for the Jews as it was only a couple of blocks away. The depth of this memorial was cool, but being late and dark already, there wasn’t much to see as it was so dark between the huge concrete blocks.
Still it was a humble feeling similar to being in a graveyard. (Rasmus)

Dom Photo Antti Liimatta

Tuesday 23 October 2018
Every day started the same way. We ate breakfast in the hostel lobby. Today it was a really horrible experience to a Finnish girl or guy because there was a big group of German teenagers eating at the same time, so it was weird to sit so close to someone and there was a really long line before you got the food. A lesson in cultural encounters.
After the breakfast we went see the Berlin cathedral and it took only 15 minutes to walk there. We paid 5 euros entrance fee, so we had a chance to see the cathedral inside and visit the dome. It was really beautiful inside and we got good exercise as we walked at least 270 steps up so we could see the dome and the Berlin city from a higher point.
After visiting the cathedral we went by bus to Potsdamer Platz. It is a huge place, where you can do anything, there were many different stores and malls. We quickly ate there in an American diner before meeting a few exchange students and their teacher, Ms Daniela Schultz, and together we went to the Philharmonie lunch concert, which is really famous in Berlin. The players were really talented performers with their instruments.
When the concert finished, we had a plan to go on a tour under the Berlin city in the tunnels, but the tours were sold out – and it wasn’t possible to reserve tickets in advance – so we went to a museum which told about everyday life in the former German Democratic Republic.
After that we decided to go shopping and eating in Alexander Platz and then to Friedrichstrasse. I think we just hanged around there for almost 3 hours. When everybody was happy, we went back to the hostel and rested, because it was a really amazing day but pretty exhausting, too. (Jenna)

October 24 2018
On Thursday we were at Wildau Technical University of Applied Science. This time the train trip was longer than normally but at least there wasn’t so much walking. In school we participated in two classes: European identities with Ms Wiktoria Allan and two other teachers, and Cross Cultural Communication with Mr Greg Bond. In the first lesson we gave a little presentation about Finnish identities and in the second one we were in small groups discussing the differences between Finnish, German and Chinese people and cultures. After the lessons we went to eat in the Mensa, the university canteen and Daniela gave us a little campus tour. The food was good, and school was nice. We visited also the library and met the robot library assistant, Wilma.
On our way back to the accommodation we went to see the East Side Gallery and Berlin Wall. We did a little bit of other sightseeing, too, like Berlin’s Television Tower and world time clock (Weltzeituhr) at Alexander Platz. After that we had some free time. Some of us went to watch a view of Berlin and some went to eat. The rest of the evening was nice and relaxing. (Tea)

TH-Wildau Photo Kaija Sankila

October 25, 2018
Today we had an amazing day, even though it started mirthlessly. When I woke up, I was feeling laconic, unmotivated and unenergized, despite the fact that I had slept well. A thought that this day is going to be a real disaster came to my mind.
I don’t want to bore you with the details of the morning. Let’s just say that our little group slept a bit longer than usual, ate and traveled to the destination, to Wildau, where we had a lot of program. First, we attended a German class, which was orchestrated by wonderful Daniela. We talked a lot but unfortunately not very much in German. But we gave small
presentations in German about our school and North Carelia. Secondly, we participated in the international afternoon. We had a chance to taste foods and drinks from many different cultures. We also had our own Finnish table that we hosted. People loved lonkero drinks; however, salmiakki did not sell well.

The international day was the final event in our Thursday’s program, but the day didn’t end for many of us. The fun was just beginning when four Finns approached the gates of the Oktoberfest tent. I had quite a show with my 5 € note – goddamn wind! At least the incident brought a smile to other people’s faces. In the festival itself we enjoyed ourselves to the point that even I started to dance, which is very unusual. The energy of the Germans was very inspiring and cheering.
All in all, the day was better than I ever could have expected. No words can describe how satisfied I felt, and I suppose I wasn’t the only one. (Jukka)

International afternoon: The Finnish table Photo Jenna Leinonen

October 26, 2018
Friday started slowly, as I too had been at the Oktoberfest the previous night. After a refreshing breakfast we decided to go on a walking tour in the nearby area and later go shopping for some souvenirs, since we were going to fly back the next day. We found a small gift shop near the bridge on Friedrichstrasse and got some overpriced mugs and T-shirts to bring back home. On our way to the meeting at the Finnland Institute we got to enjoy some equally overpriced Curry Wurst for the complete Berlin experience. I personally didn’t care much for the Finnish Institute visit, but I suppose it was good to know such an institution exists and helps students, for example, with practical advice if they want to do their internship in Germany.
After our visit to the Institute, we walked to the Brandenburg Gate, which wasn’t too far. There we entered a room of silence, which was a nice break from the noise of the city. We also visited the Victory Column, though we didn’t go inside. It was impressive anyway. After some pictures we headed back to the hostel and had pizza on the way. Nothing much happened for the rest of the day. In the evening we toured some bars with some Russian students we met at the Oktoberfest, which was nice. Nighttime Berlin was definitely a must on the list of travel experiences. (Antti)

A concluding remark from the teacher: planning and organising a study trip is rather a lengthy process, and learning takes place in many ways along the way, from learning how to book flights to finding your way around and using the public transport and experiencing something you wouldn’t maybe include in your programme if you were a tourist. All in all, I sincerely hope this will encourage students to reconsider their options for internationalisation in one form or another. There are many students who have done an exchange semester upon inspiration of the past study trips. Next application period for the study trip takes place in March/April 2019.

Coming up soon: My study trip experience

Study trip blog part 1

17.10.-20.10.2018

Brandenburger Tor Photo Tea Sissonen

For the fourth time a group of students studying German at Karelia UAS together with their German teacher Kaija Sankila organized a study trip to Germany in October. This time the trip started in week 42 in Dresden where we visited our partner university Hochschule für Technic and Wirtschaft. We took part in English classes at two campuses: in Pillnitz where the Horticulture and Gardening students study and in the classes of Geo-information and Engineering at the central campus in Friedrich-List-Platz.
The second part of the study trip took place in week 43 in Berlin and Brandenburg at our long-time partner university Technische Hochschule Wildau. The overall aim of the study trip is to improve students’ competences regarding internationalization and thus lower the threshold of going abroad for a study semester or an internship.

Participating in the study trip entails both planning and implementing the programme and the itinerary. The students prepared presentations both in English and German for the classes and we planned together the sights and cultural programme that would deepen the knowledge about Germany and its culture.
In the following you will gain some insights and authentic experiences directly from the study trip participants.

Wednesday 17 October 2018

Our study trip to Germany started in Dresden and on the first day we had some free time in the morning as our teacher had meetings with the university staff members. So, I decided to just walk around and have a look at the beautiful architecture of Dresden. I visited some cafes and shops in the city center. Later we went together for a walk and saw some of the most popular places in Dresden, such as, Dresdner Frauenkirche, Semperoper, Dresdner Zwinger, Dresdner Residenzschloss, Dresden Kreuzkirche, Fürstenzug.  At the end of the day we went back to the hostel to recover and prepare for the next day. (Maila)

Dresden Photo Maila Kiuru

Thursday 18 October 2018

We met at the hostel lobby at around 8:30 and went to the first of the two campuses in the agenda that week in Pillnitz. Since the campus is located in the outskirts of the city we went there by bus. The English teacher Ms Renate Rudat was a very nice lady, by the way. At first, I couldn’t believe my eyes in the location because there were horses on the side of the road. After Renate greeted us, we joined her first class. We were put into groups and we got to know each other. In my group we had a bit of a language barrier, but we got over it. We were writing on the board a few words in Finnish and German. Then we had another class at the same place a few hours later, so during the break Renate took us to the Pillnitz Palace Gardens which was very beautiful. After a coffee/tea break in a nearby cafe we joined the second class and worked together on a tree quiz, and, in my opinion, I did very well, considering my knowledge of trees is rather poor. Overall it was a very nice and long day and I really enjoyed it. (Mohamed)

Friday 19 October

Today we joined two English classes at the main campus. These were the first classes of the course as the semester starts later in Germany than in Finland so there was first the introduction to the course as well as getting to know one another. There were partner interviews in the first class and group work on business ideas in the second one.

HTW Dresden – Photo Kaija Sankila

Saturday 20 October 2018

For me this was the best day of our whole study trip. Early in the morning we met at the hostel lobby and headed for the train station to go to a tourist resort Bad Schandau. On our way there, Renate joined us and all together we continued our journey. After around one hour we finally arrived at our destination. We took a 10-minute-ferry ride to get across the river Elbe from one side to another.

The goal of our day trip was Nationalpark Sächsische Schweiz, also known as Saxon Switzerland. During our trip Renate told us a lot of interesting facts about the town and the national park. It was really fascinating to walk around and listen to all these stories. At first it was not that hard to climb up the path and after some time we found a great place to take a break and have some snacks. Then we continued and walked further the path for some time. And again, we had to climb, at this time it was way harder, partly because we were starting to get tired. Also, there were quite a lot of tourists, so you had to be very careful not to get in the way of someone. When Renate said that we are almost at the top of the mountain I somehow gained strength and started to climb even faster than before. What can I say, it was definitely worth the struggle.

The view from the mountain was breathtaking, I have never been so high up from the ground. Just looking at the scenery, other mountains, colorful autumn forest made me feel really happy. We had a small picnic at the top of the mountain and then headed back, but now we took another path. All in all, we walked around 9 km in this national park so at this point we were very tired but happy. I really want to thank Renate for this experience, without her it would not have been as interesting and informative to walk around the park, so I can say that we had an excellent personal travel guide. To finish off our journey we had time for a cup of coffee and some pastries at the train station and then went back to Dresden. For me it was a very memorable day, and I really want to go back there again someday! (Maila)

Sächsische Schweiz Photo Renate Rudat

to be continued soon: Berlin and Wildau

Auf wiedersehen!