Since I was a kid, I have been very interested in foreign languages and cultures. I studied various languages in school and continued to do so also on my free time. My love towards new people, languages and cultures grew more and more as I got older and I took every chance I was offered to travel abroad with school, with my family or by myself. When I was 19-years-old my life took an unexpected turn, which back then, felt like a failure, but retrospectively speaking, gave my life a new purpose and direction. Without that, I can pretty surely say that I wouldn’t be sitting here writing this today.
It all started in early Thursday morning in February 2018 when I took a train from Jyväskylä to Helsinki train station where other ESN Finland sections’ people were waiting for me..
If you haven’t already realized, Finnish is a pretty hard language to speak and learn. It has been ranked as one of the most difficult languages to learn in the world, ...
Erasmus as an experience is often associated with, of course, studying, getting to know new people, creating new relationships and social networks, traveling and perhaps also a little bit partying. In addition to all of this awesomeness, there are many more important aspects to Erasmus, which sometimes may get a little bit forgotten alongside all fun, new and exciting things studying as an Erasmus student can offer.
This blog post comes to you from London, England. Coming here makes me feel very at home, sometimes even more so than being in Finland. This got me thinking about what home is and what ESN does to our perception of home and belonging. Warning: this blog post is going to get a lot more rambling and want-to-be artsy than the rest, bear with me.