Monthly Archives: September 2018


When you are getting familiar with something, you will love and appreciate it more.

Referring to Finland, I have to mention the people here. I have a chance to join in the “Friends and Family’s activities’ which is operated by my school, this meaningful activity is a connection between me – Vietnamese girl and one Finnish family. My Finnish family is passionate in cultures, cuisines and stories. We decided to meet at the weekend when we have spare time and always kept in touch by social media. Sometimes, they took me to local restaurants to experience local food and sometime we would like to prepare foods at their house. Only be with this Finnish family, I have a chance to bake some Finnish sweet things, cook Finnish cuisines and travel to famous places in Joensuu. My Finnish family likes spending times together, they love to share their own stories in life, vice versa, and they like to hear my own stories too. We always keep our best moments together in a small diary which is belonged to that Finnish family. In the diary, we share our feeling, our thoughts and our stories when we are together. Being with them, I can feel the family atmosphere and I can experience the Finnish culture.

We baked Munkki for Vappu

Our first trip to Koli

In my mind, Finnish are the nicest people I have ever known. They help me without any condition, they encourage me when I am in trouble, they show me something new that I have never known, they let me feel the closeness, they make a memorable moment when we are together. That Finnish family also helps me to get through those bad – dark days of winter, gives me a different way of thinking about winter here by taking me to the skiing place, doing winter activities together and going the ice swimming. Thanks to them for making my time in Joensuu more beautiful and meaningful ever.



When you are getting familiar with something, you will love and appreciate it more.

It was a beautiful day in August.

It was in the middle of August, I still remembered the first day when my first steps landed on Joensuu, I was surprised by the beautiful environment here, lots of trees, clean air, and a clear atmosphere. I kept thinking of a “summertime” that wouldn’t want to leave, but to stay longer to let me enjoy its warmth and greenness in Joensuu.

During this transitional time, when autumn seemed to be around the corner and summer to linger on, the sky became brightened with spectacular, colorful leaves. Joensuu – Finland did a great job to attract my first impression. The more you live, the more you love the place. I had a chance to experience the autumn here; as the weather started to rain a lot, trees were wearing a new coat yellow and orange colors. The autumn here reminded me of the cold and rainy of my hometown so much.

Winter came, Joensuu wore new clothes – new color

In Finland, the autumn lasted for few months then winter came. When coming to Finland, I packed with me a lot of warm clothes, winter boots and some stuffs for winter. In the beginning of winter, I was so excited and joyful because of beautiful snow. I spent all my time staying outside to enjoy snow, build snowman and do winter’s activities.  When the temperature dropped lower and lower and it became darker and darker my mood started to came down too. The harder the climate is, the stronger I become – I believe so. Winter lasted almost a half of year in Finland, I still had a long distance to walk but if I gave up so early, I would be a loser to the weather. Those thoughts made me feel stronger, I accepted the reality and responded positively because I believed once the winter passed, spring and summer would come again.