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Saying Goodbye to Finland

A difficult goodbye to my home away from home

Hello!

When I signed up for this exchange, I had no idea that it would be this hard to leave. It's taken me ages to pack, and I think it's because I don't want to leave! I'm really really excited to leave today for Stockholm, but at the same time, I find myself wishing I could stay just a little while longer! I've fallen in love with Turku. It has such a unique and friendly vibe to it that's allowed be to feel totally comfortable in it. And now that the spring has officially arrived, the snow is gone, and everything is green (which is more than some of you back home can say, or so I've heard!), it's a really beautiful city too! But it's not just Turku that I'll be missing; I've made so many fantastic friends again that have been leaving day by day. I said goodbye to my lovely tutor/incredible friend yesterday and it was really difficult! She was the first person I met here, and like all of the other amazing people I've met here, she's made a definite impact on my life.

Now, if I can, I'd like to take you on a walk through my life in Turku. I'll warn you though, these photos were not taken in chronological order :P

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Welcome to my home, 3 A 27. The only Canadian flag flying in my building :P
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Check out my wall of fame and mementos from home.
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While you're here, check out my postcard collection from my travels!
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Stop at the shop next door for some supplies, or some fantastic chocolate.
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Let's take a walk along the Aurajoki river!
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On the way downtown we'll walk by my favourite place in the city, the Turku Cathedral!
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We'll stop at the incredible Library to read a newspaper, or find a book for my English class!
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We might run into a few friendly strangers on the way, Turku is full of them ;P
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Especially on the main walking street, Yliopistonkatu.
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I'm hungry for some gluten-free goodies, so we'll make a stop at Kauppuhalli.
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Now we'll take a bus back home, it's Wednesday and there's a party in the Student Village!
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Check out our collection! If everyone keeps adding to it we'll have enough money to buy a new sofa for the kitchen!
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Meet my friends!
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The next morning we'll recover at Ruissalo for a sauna
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Then we'll meet up with everyone again at Educarium for lunch: Rice and meat and sauce.
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Let's go for another walk! We'll spot this on the way to the harbour.
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Then we can marvel in some medieval glory in the Turku Castle
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Careful we don't get lost though, the signs can be a bit confusing!
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Laugh at some of the Finnish to English translations: Semi Burger? are the burgers as big as Semi's? or are their burgers only partly burgers...
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We'll wander through Kauppatori next, maybe pick up some flowers and some fruit.
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Trust me, we'll eat a lot of fish.
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If we're lucky, we'll happen upon a lovely spring market on the riverbank!
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Check out some Finnish traditions at Vappu!
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I'll probably take another picture of the Cathedral on the way home. haha

Thanks for taking a walk with me! Hopefully these pictures help you to understand why I love this place so much! I've got to get going though, my suitcase won't pack itself!!

See you in Stockholm!
Live, laugh, and love always,
Julie

Posted by jns885 00:27 Archived in Finland Tagged finland turku study_abroad

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