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dijous, de desembre 02, 2004

Spain vs. Catalunya

Took a while me to do this second assiqment, but finally I have asked 3 persons that how they feel about themself - catalan or is what I found out:

1) My dance teacher: 28 years old man, born in Andorra, has seen the world, he consider him as a Catalan but he don´t mind if somebody says he is from Spain. Still he want everybody to know that it´s different thing to live in Catalunya than in Spain because lot of people in the Europe don´t know the difference between them. He didn´t mind if the Catalunya would come independent, it doesn´t really matter for him. Like the way it is now it´s good enough.

2) The receptionist in the dance studio: 26 years old woman, born in South of Spain, her mother is from south of Spain so she knows the difference between south and Catalan people. She thinks that Catalunya doesn´t have to be independent that Catalunya is still part of Spain. She likes to live here in Catalunya rather than south of Spain.

3) The salesman in our supermercat: under 30 years old man, born in Catalunia, thinks that Catalunya should be independent, because different language and cultur. Catalunya has their own goverment so he thinks that people in Catalunya knows what is best for them not the people from middle of Spain or somewhere else.

First these people were really suprised that why I´m asking thse questions but when I told them that this is our school assiqment they understood. It was fun doing this assiqment. Why didn´t I do it more earlier...?!

Now I have to start doing the reasearh again.
Hasta luego!


divendres, de novembre 19, 2004

The end of Barcelona time

Now when I think back this time in here Barcelona it was even close what I really expected.
The experience here is more that you can explaned in words. I really don´t know what to say to my friends back home what kind of place this is, still I can try if they have time to listen or you time to read=)

Big things comes from small things and same it is with this experience here. I see lot of things that are so different than in Finland. Cultural differences. For me those are funny things. I understand that because of history and climate and etc. there is reasons for everything so all of the thing that are different has happen because of some reason.

At the beginning I have to say that everyone who comes here in Catalunia should now how to speak at least spanish or french. Sometimes I´m so unhappy because I can´t speak with somebody cause I know only "un poco spanish" If you can speak spanish so you can get more things about culture and people in here if you just can talk spanish.

For me this has been the biggest city where I have ever lived. At first I was so lost but it it so easy to use the metro. And I didn´t really believe that it´s gonna be cold in here november. Last erasmus student were not fooling me. The food is not so cheap that I thought, only the beer and wine maybe and in the discos it´s very expencive to drink.

Upsss....I had to also tell about my favorite places here. Ou, the best ones have been ofcourse the views over the city (from Montjuic, Tibidabo and from the Gaudi park hill) and because of the fresh air there. Second thing for me is the view of the ocean, the beaches. For me the best places has been the nature places. Normal street views in a normal small streets where is no tourists more far away from the city center. About those tourist places the best ones has been the zoo (even I don´t like the idea of keeping animals locked cages and humans staring them). The zoo was so big and we spend whole day there with my sister. The parks are also nice expecially la ciutadella and Gaudi park. I would like to go to the labyrint park but I have time. I haven´t been in many museums cause I don´t like them. Wax museum I have been but it was not worth of the price. Also I have been in Aquarium. That was nice also. Quite expencive but not often you see sharks or different kind of fishes, so it was worth of paying. Still I think it was too short visit.

Ou, and Sitges (30 minutes away from city Barcelona with train) was really really really nice place. The beach there was so much better and cleaner and also place in north called Sabadell if you like more quiet places where is not tourist and fresh air.

I still think that the places that I have visited are not the most important things. All of the thing that are different here than in my home country are the main things so ofcourse every place I have visit have some effect in me but still the people and the contacts with people is more important. Everyday has been an adventure for me because everyday I have seen new things that I have never seen before. Everyday I can really say that I didn´t wake up in vain. For me there is still so much places I didn´t go or see, I really have to come back here. Now I know something. Now I go back to familiar and secure environment back home. There is not so much to see everyday but still everyday there is reason to wake up. Everyday I learn something even in Finland because of the different people.

It´s not about the place, it´s all about the people.

Here is a little sing...

John Denver - Leaving On A Jetplane Lyrics All my bags are packed I'm ready to go

I'm standing here outside your door
I hate to wake you up to say goodbye.
But the dawn is breaking it's early morning
The taxi is waiting, he is blowing his horn
Already I'm so lonesome, I could cry
So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you wait for meHold me like you never let me go
I'm leaving on a jetplane,I don't know when I'll be back again
Oh babe I hate to go
There is so many times I've let you down
So many times I've played around
I tell you now they don't mean a thing.
Every place I go I think of you
Every song I sing I sing for you.
When I come back I wear your wedding-ring
So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you wait for meHold me like you never let me go
I'm leaving on a jetplane,I don't know when I'll be back again
Oh babe I hate to go
Now the time has come to leave you
One more time let me kiss you
Close your eyes, and I'll be on my way
Dream about the days to comeI wont have to leave alone, and I
wont have to say:
So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you wait for meHold me like you never let me go
I'm leaving on a jetplane,I don't know when I'll be back again.
I'm leaving on a jetplane,I don't know when I'll be back again.
I'm leaving on a jetplane,I don't know when I'll be back again.
Oh babe I hate to go.

I really had fun. Thank you all. I will go back to Finland with smile on my face.
Maybe we will see somewhere, sometime, never know.

Heippa ja vointeja.
Goodbye and take care.

From Finland

divendres, d’octubre 15, 2004

Siesta and other things in my mind

Now I really understand why people here in Spain are taking a siesta for every day. I have noticed that just beeing in the class like few hours and you get so damn tired. My eyes don´t really stay open and that is not because I have been in a bar or just slept too little. It just because of the air. Also ofcourse for me it is more harder because I have not experienced before and cause of the pollution. Maybe it´s because all of those things but still I think because lots of places are open so late it´s good to have the siesta and I understand that even I really don´t always like it cause for example I´m coming from the school around 2 o´clock so there is no stores open that I would like to visit and that sucks.

Another thing was that I have seen so many cars parked so strange places and many people use the all of flickers just to put the car where ever they want whenever they want. And in every car of this city has dents or scratches in their cars. Also the car´s are parked usually so near to another car that you can really go out from the "hole".

And everywhere there are scooters. One man said to us that everybody has their own scooter in the Barcelona. I can believe that one because if I would live here longer I would buy a scooter also not car because with scooter is easier to moove and maybe faster also in the city. And I would not like to have so much dents and scratches to my new fine car.

Maybe because of the scooters there is no bicycles on the street. Yeah, I have seen a few but not much. And that´s bothering me because I hate the pollution so it would be more fresh the air if here would be more bicycles than scooters or cars. I really don´t know why here people don´t use bikes? In our hometown in Finland we use lots of bikes and maybe because we have so good bikeroads and even in winter time when there is lots of snow we use bikes...can you imagine that...really...every morning they clean the roads from snow that it is easier to ride with the bike.

That´s about it for today....or this I go home to eat something and then I´m gonna have my "late night" siesta. After that may go to some (cava) bar with other finnish students or maybe we stay inside and watch our "new" television that we got yesterday. I want to learn more spanish and it is good and easy way to do it. Ofcourse we save money also if we just stay inside and watch tv and don´t go out to spend money for those expencive clubs.

Take care,


dimecres, d’octubre 06, 2004


I have heard a lot about this university and Barcelona from those Erasmus students who was here in last autumn. That´s why I have been expected and repaired those things. Still there is some things that I´m very supprised. Like;I had heard that it would smell all the time bad in the city but I don´t smell anything (maybe sometimes). And I thought the streets would be more dirtier but they are not.The weather it is all the time hot and down in the metro stations there is sometimes SO extremely hot. For a finish student it´s weird to go to school when it´s so hot. Like in a class I get very tired because there is not enough oxygen or fresh air. If you open the window it does not help. In Finland it would help.The title of my mail is one thing also that supprise me. When the Catalonian people answers their phone they say Diga! and that sounds like very rude. Still I think the Catalonian people are friendly and they actually try to speak english. I like that. When the time goes by I really would like them to talk me only spanish so that I could learn more. Yet now I don´t know much spanish so I could not understand a lot.The university building is so nice because it´s old and all the towers and the decoration. There is this gard how is showing the way when you first walk to the yard. That´s funny. Also it is funny to have a turtles in the school in that little "park" in the middle of the school.

Wild things

The words I hear everyday....hola, que tal, perdona, aqui, gracias, de nada, adios...Nice words.
Nice to hear them all the time. In Finland we don´t have small talk so much we really don´t use a lot thanks (kiitos) or perdona (anteeksi) words. We use it but not so often than here. Sometimes I just hate when english people ask how you doing and actually you have a bad day but still you have to smile and say...I fine thanks, what about you? ... That´s shit. Here in Barcelona it´s little bit different they might ask ¿Que tal? but they really don´t wanna hear the answer. =) That is even more strange than the english way.

At the first time yesterday I drinked the Sangria in here Barcelona. I have drinked that before a few times in Germany. We bought it from some store and the taste was so awful. Yesterday we were in a bar (black sheep- great bar by the way=) and we drank Sangria and it was very sweet like juice. I don´t think there was not much alcohol in it but I liked it a lot.

Thuesday we had the very first sport & games class. It was adventure. I would say. Wild and loud experience. So much different than in Finland. There were like 30 people in the class and most of them were boys. I think only 6 girls and then us five erasmus students. Everybody was staring us and talking only catalan. Yeah, that was nice=) You can imagine. =) After I while som of the catalonian girls started to transelate the catalan games to us in english. We could understand something but still we learned the games just waching and beeing part of the group.
In some point a though that I´m like in a zoo or in a football game because of the boys were so loud and so excited about those children games. But we were too. Still it was not the same.
What was very strange to me was how the boys were behaving to each other. They didn´t feel shame to be close to another boy. They were holding hands like they have done it many times before. And that is the difference if you compare in Finland. You can´t see boys holding hands just for fun except if you are a gay or if you are really drunk.
Yet I liked to be there in that class and I will go there again. I hope I can learn more spanish or catalan and get to know more local people and how they are behaving in different kinds of situations. For me it was exciting and I love sport so I really look forward going there again.

And then there is this smoking and drinking things. You can smoke nearly everywhere and if there is a note on the wall that "you can´t smoke here" still many people do it and nobody cares. And if you order a drink outside of the bar or restaurant it costs more money. That is little bit strange.

divendres, de setembre 24, 2004

Welcome to Catalonia!

Hello and welcome to the course!