We started our journey to Finland at 6 AM. Our train to Wolfsburg left at 6:55 and we drove 45 minutes. Then we took the IC to Berlin where we arrived at half past 9. First we wanted to drive with the S-Bahn but it turned out that the train station “Berlin-Tegel” was 8 kilometers away from the airport. Because of that we decided to take the bus which was going directly to the airport. We had one hour free time until we gave up our luggage.
At 1:15pm our 2 hours long flight to Helsinki left, where we had 5 hours to wait until our final flight to Kuopio. The waiting time was worth it because the airport was very big and we were able to do a lot of things. After this long time we started our 45 minutes long flight to Kuopio at 8:45 PM. Because we had to wait so many hours it was getting dark and we saw the beautiful sunset while we were in the plane.
We finally arrived in Kuopio at half past 9 and were happy to see our exchange students after 4 months again. We enjoyed the evening in our families but we went to sleep very fast, because we were so tired after our 17 hours long journey.
Saturday, the 17th of August
Since we spent our weekend together with our hosts and their family, we could approach the day in a very relaxed manner. Therefore we woke up pretty late at 9 in the morning and had some nice breakfast with some porride, some rye bread and some karjalanpiirakka.
Ville had a floorball tournament on that day so his family and I decided to go on a small hike. We left the house around 10 in the morning and went n our way to Koli, a national landmark of Finland.
The ”hike” turned out to be not much more than a short stroll along the paths of Koli. But still, the view from the top of Ukko-Koli, Akka-Koli and Paha-Koli was amazing, nothing but lakes and treetops as far as the eye could see.
After we spent a good to hours up on the mountains we started to make our way back to Kuopio, since we were curious how Ville’s games were going. Turns out his games were going great. The two games he had already been played at Kupiohalli that day were wins. The last match, the one we actually watched seemed like it would be a clean victory for Ville’s team aswell, but the other team made a comeback in the last third of the game and ended the game with a tie.
Ville’s parents went home after the games and me and Ville met up with some of his friends in the city to visit the international market. We spent quite a bit of time looking through the stalls and booths, so long that ,at around midnight, we went to stay at the place of one of Ville’s friends.
We met at 1 pm at the basketball court after we had a nice breakfast in our host families. Paul played a few games with some of the finnish guys while the girls were just watching the games and listening to music. We were there for 2 hours and after that we went to the harbour, ate some ice cream and enjoyed the view. The sun was shining without any clouds in the sky and we had such a great time there.
Summer cottages are very typical in finland. Most of them have a sauna and they are next to a lake. After we ate something at home we drove to the cottage from Paulas host family. It was 45 minutes away from Kuopio and the location was so idyllic. It was right in the middle of nature and so beautiful. We spent the rest of the day and the evening at the cottage during going to sauna and swimming in the lake. The day ended with a beautiful sunset above the lake and marshmallows above the bonfire.
Monday, 19th of August 2019
After a beautiful weekend with the host families some of the German students participated in the lessons at school. At 9:30 we were welcomed from the headmaster of the Kallavesi school in the teacher’s room where we got lots of cookies and something to drink.
Afterwards we got the chance to experience more about the Finnish school system during a guided school tour and a presentation from the second headmaster Tiina Karjalainen. We learned that the system works very differently than the German one and that it has advantages but also disadvantages (it can be compared to the German university system). Later we split our group, so that the Finnish hosts could take their German exchange partners with them to their lessons.
At 11:45 we all had a nice lunch in the school canteen before we had the possibility to learn some basics of the Finnish language with our partners. We had to realize that Finnish is pretty difficult!
Then we had a closer look at Kuopio, while our hosts were telling us something about several sights, for instance the Kuopio city house, the market place and a photography museum.
At the end of the tour, we went to the harbour from where we started a cruise on the lake Kallavesi. It was a bit rainy but in spite of that the view was amazing.
All in all, it was a wonderful day where we got many new impressions of Kuopio and the whole country.
TUESDAY, 20th of August 2019
We met at the school named kallaveden lukio at 10 o’clock to go the short walk to the old Kuopio museum. There we got a guided tour in English around the property of the Kupion Korttelimuseo, how it´s called in finish. The oldest one of the eleven wooden houses dates back to the late 1700s. It gave us insight into the finish way of living from the 1800s to the 1930s and their circumstances.
It was common for two families to share a house, because of the overpriced living space. That’s the reason why in the room pictured in the image above. Furthermore we saw the cramped one-room flats of weavers, shoemakers, pharmacist and in contrast to that the spacious house of a wealthy family.
After that we returned to the school for lunch and went to the business village Yrityskylä at 13.15. This is an educational non-profit project to help prepare the finish students for their work and adult life. In addition they theach them how to live a more sustainable live and what they can change to protect the environment. They visit it once in 6th and 9th grade to be part of the business game, that includes for example working, grocery shopping or voting.
Following this we had some freetime with our hosts for shopping or eating before we met at Pilppa at 18.00. We had the opportunity to grill sausages or other things over an open fire, to go to the sauna and after that swimming in the cold lake Kallavesi nearby.
All in all is was a day full of fun and many atventures.
On Wednesday we did a trip to the Sport and Spa Hotel Vesileppis in Leppävirta which is 50km south of Kuopio. We started at 9.30am at the school with a bus.
When we arrived there we went to the ice rink to try some curling. We splitted up in four groups and each group had two people who had the curling brushes. It was very cold but we enjoyed it even if Marian slipped, hit his head and had to go to the hospital.
After we finished the curling we went back to the reception and took an elevator down to look at the skiing hall which is 30m under the ground. We didn’t try the skiing but there is a one kilometer ski-run under the earth.
After a short break we went to another hall for the bubble football. We made two teams (pink bubbles against blue bubbles). There were twelve bubbles in total and we had to shoot the ball in the adversarial goal. It was so much fun but we all had injuries afterwards. Then we ate in the restaurant with a buffet. It was very tasty.
We had another item on the programme which was sauna and swimming. The swimming hall had a lot of different pools for example a waterslide, a whirlpool and a floating obstacle race. We spent most of the time on this floating object because it was so much fun, too.
The bus left at 16.30pm and we didn’t have an evening program because we all were so tired.
We’re still having sore muscles but it was worth it.
Thursday, 22nd August
The day started at the Baseball stadium of Kuopio. The sports teacher of the Kallavesi School taught us how to play Finnish baseball, which is a little bit different to normal American baseball. The hardest part was to hit the ball but after a small training we were ready to take on a small game. The rules were difficult to explain in English for those who hadn´t played it before but in the end it was almost clear for everyone.
After this, we had a small walk to the ski jumping area of Kuopio where we had the chance to watch some professionel ski jumpers training there.
Along the ski jumps we took many stairs up to the Puijo Tower. It is placed on the highest mountain in the middle of the city Kuopio. From the top of the tower we enjoyed an amazing view over Kuopio, its surroundings and the Kallavesi Lake.
We continued with a small hike trough the forest to a fire place with a great view.
We had to wake up very early because we needed to pack our things together and were supposed to be at school for the first period. We wrote the articles for e twinning and our yearbook. Before we went to lunch at half past 11 we were at the central of Kuopio and enjoyed the last hours with our hosts.
After the lunch we had a nice get together with coffee and cookies and sadly at one o’clock we left to the airport and had to say goodbye. Luckily we only had 20 minutes time in Helsinki until our final flight to Berlin left. From Berlin we drove back to Hildesheim with the train and finally arrived at 10 PM. We were all happy to see our families again but we were very sad to leave Finland after an excited week with our very cool exchange students.Kallaveden lukion ja Kuopion aikuislukion vuosikertomus 2019 - 2020Vuosikertomus 2019 - 202020.4.2020