Erasmus Oulu – Finland

Bernd Verhofstadt and Tom Mampaey

Guess who’s back as a surprise!

After spending my last weeks in Oulu I secretly headed back to Belgium. Only a few people knew I already landed the 30th of May, instead of the 6th of June! All this was of course part of surprising my unsuspecting girlfriend. I told her I had to sleep a bit longer because of the days without…

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Ultimate Frisbee(r) !

In my first weeks in Oulu I found this awesome Ultimate Frisbee club: Disquitos! After my first training I was already convinced that I was going to do this much more often. I ended up doing it more than once a week sometimes. The teammates were very nice and I have learned a lot from them (not…

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Final presentation!

On the 21st of May we had our final presentation. We really worked very hard, starting from scratch to put some intelligence in the device that you use the most in your kitchen! In this way we made the ‘Smart Fridge’ possible! Hard work paid off and our presentation was a BLAST! Our projectmanagers were more…

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Countdown has started!

Only one week left for our Final presentation in Finland! We are working hard to ‘finnish’ our project!

Shooting some assault rifles, yeah!

On a random peaceful day out tutor, Tomi, called me with the question if we would like to shoot some real assault rifles at the Finnish Army-base. Well, I don’t have to tell you that we had to think about it. We just had to gave some passport numbers and we were ready to go!…

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GRAND RUSSIA TRIP!

здравствуйте ! (zdrávstvujte) This trip was absolutely amazing! I don’t know where to start! Unforgettable! The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) organised this trip to give us the opportunity to go to RUSSIA in a safe, easy, instructive but mostly AWESOME way! The planning was so full with amazing things that I can’t even articulate every -thing/day! Prepare yourself for…

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Things I have been doing

You’re right, it has been a while again, and I really did A LOT! I’m already getting the feeling that time is shortening and I’m using/living every minute of it! Some things I did/that happened since my last post: Project work: ‘The Smart Fridge’ It speaks for itself (dunglish? 😀 ) that I’m working hard on my project…

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Sports

You still have time for sports ? Yep, or at least I try to! Back in Belgium I did sports like rock and wall-climbing, Ultimate frisbee and Kayak-Polo. I think I found quite good replacements! Once a week I go play ‘Ultimate Frisbee’ in an awesome club nearby. The people are really great and we’re…

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Trip to the top of Europe: Vasatokka

A few days ago we got back from an amazing trip to the high North ! It was just so wonderful to travel through these amazing views and nature. We are very grateful to ESN (Erasmus Student Network) to organize this magnificent trip! Some awesome facts about my trip to the North!: In the parts we were,…

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‘Science Fiction’ in the ‘Smart Kitchen’

Most of the time we were posting  about our  trips and the things we did beside school. Actually one of our main activities is working on our big project: ‘The Smart Fridge’! (Sounds awesome right?) In best-case-scenario this fridge will(*): – Recognize the user – Know which products that are present in/added to the fridge – Detect…

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Roadtrip!

Less than one week after I left Helsinki some Belgian friends came to visit me. Ofcourse they know what’s good and the brought the right things with them:   They stayed in our apartment for a night so we could plan our roadtrip to the north!   We First drove to Kiruna in Sweden where we…

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Ice-Hole-Fishing

When you don’t have any money anymore to go to the shop you will have to go on the ice to catch some fish! A couple of weeks ago I went Ice-hole-fishing with some friends on a frozen (of course) river/lake nearby. We did it for the experience and because it’s a really typical Finnish…

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The perfect week in Helsinki!

I just had an amazing week. I took a plane to Helsinki to meet my girlfriend. After some research I found a flight for only €35 (and I had Free Wi-Fi onboard!!). My plane arrived one hour earlier than the plane of my girlfriend, so I had the time to already arrange the keys of our apartment…

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Hyvää päivää, mitä kuuluu?

Or ‘Hello, how are you?’. Since the 5th of January we are following a Finnish Survival Course in our school (OAMK University of applied sciences Oulu). The course ends on the 18th of February. During this course we are ‘trying’ to learn some basics of the Finnish language. No wonder they say it’s one of…

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Long time no see !

Hi there ! It almost got a little boring here, right? This could be because of two reasons. Either we were really doing fun-stuff and couldn’t find the time to post anything about it, or we are in the middle of exams/schoolwork! … Well, actually it was both ! We really had some busy weeks….

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Awesomeness

After we had thrown a cup of water outside at minus 22(1)and saw the effect we couldn’t resist to try it big-scale ! Yes, with a bucket: (click to enlarge) (1) https://vimeo.com/116002712 We also added a nice extra feature to our tunning-mood-lighting in our apartment: Smartphone-controlled apartmentlights – Oulu, Finland from Tom Mampaey on Vimeo. Something else…

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First Finnish Sauna-experience!

Yesterday we went on a trip to the nearest Lidl. It was -25°C outside and we hoped we only had to walk a couple of km’s. But of course we made a huge detour, so everything was freezing blue! We never felt so cold in our lives! And at the top of the bill the Lidl was…

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A walk in the neighborhood

Today we got up early to make a walk in the neighborhood. When we opened our curtains and checked the temperature we were surprised! The temperature already dropped 22 degrees below zero ! We took a cup of (warm) water to see the effect. After we tried it once we were very impressed and did a lot…

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