Erasmus Oulu – Finland

Bernd Verhofstadt and Tom Mampaey

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Discovering Southern Finland

Last week I traveled to Helsinki to visit my girlfriend. I traveled by night train (see pictures bellow). It took about 10h to travel from Oulu to Helsinki. I made for a few days a culinair tour trough Southern Finland with my girlfriend. I want to discover if there is a difference between the Belgian…

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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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Phone got Frozen! ❄️

In the past I heard a lot of people saying that there phone got frozen! Most of the time it’s all working again when you restart the phone. This past week, I experienced something strange. When we took a long walk to the supermarket, suddenly my phone switched off. The outside temperature was around -20°C….

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The Oulun Beach in Winter

Today, we went to the Oulu beach. Every summer the Fins have there morning swim, but now you can walk around the beach and the sea is like in a desert, white sand as long you can see. The path to the beatch was iced-over and slippery. The beach was snowy and the sea was…

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Ice Hockey game at Oulun Energia Areena

On the 7th of January a very large audience gathered a novel contest on the ice between Oulun Kärpät and Pelicans Lahti. The game of hockey on ice is the national sport in Finland. In the Oulun Energia Areena there is place for an audience of 6.768 people. We went to the game. It started…

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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) 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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Our apartment 

After a nice trip in Oulu, Tomi drove us to our apartment. It was already very late, and we were very tired. The only thing we already unpacked was my router, so we could contact our (girl)friends and family!


Contact us!

Today we went to some shops with Tomi. The first thing we did was go get a Finnish sim-card. 


Final destination: Oulu

Our blog ended in Helsinki yesterday… Finally I’ve some time to describe the first hours in Oulu. Before we got off the plane, we had a little talk with the pilot. Here’s a picture! 🙂 After we picked up our luggage. We searched our Peer Tutor Tomi at the airport. After we found him he drove us…

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Second stop: Helsinki

Finally we touched the Finnish ground! The weather is not very cold as we expect… 1 degree celsius. It’s snowing outside. After we got our boarding passes and settled us at the gate. We’ve got some coffee and are in total ZEN mode! The Finnish people at the airport are very quiet. What I didn’t…

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First stop: London !

I didn’t get a lot of sleep but we arrived safely at our first stop: London !

Bags are packed! Ready to go!

Packing the bags was not exactly an easy task. Eager to bring everything with me, the first attempt failed at 45kg. Since I can only bring 23kg, I had to make some difficult decisions .  It became clear that I had underestimated my needs for 6 months (I even tried to put my girlfriend in my…

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You think it’s cold in Belgium ?

It’s getting cold in Belgium, but also in Oulu. The temperatures are already dropping 30 degrees below zero! Brrr

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