This is story of Chi Nguyen, an International Business student, who has an experience of Finnish friend- family program.
” Learning about Finnish culture, trying Finnish food and enjoying Finnish spirit with a local family are not everything because having Finns as a good friend, I also have a chance to experience many activities for the first time in my life.
My Finnish friend is Liisa, who is at the same age as me. She is a kind person who is passionately in love with horses and many outdoor activities. We became friends in an awkward way because of pre-arranged relationship from Karelia. BUT, guess what, we are so close and so happy together. She is the one who taught me how to ride a horse, how to ski in the right way and how to party like crazy.
My first-time skiing is not hard as I expected. We had lots of fun, we had “super slow” ski racing, we fell and we laughed. What a lovely memory! Now I am confident to say that I know how to ski (at beginner level ^^)
Another interesting thing is riding a beautiful horse. She took me to her favorite place where she often goes for horse riding few times a week. Honestly, this is one of the scariest thing I have ever tried. Getting used to this horse is not easy, but Liisa was there and controlled the horse, made her walk around calmly so that I could enjoy it. After 10 or 15 minutes, I gave up and sat to watch my pretty friend riding the horse in a professional way. At that moment, I just feel so proud of her and admire how Finnish children are brought up, so naturally and so strong. They are familiar with nature and have lots of “cool” skills that I can only see in a movie.
OMG I am riding a horse!!!
Party is a part of student’s life and I cannot miss it. I and Liisa go to the bar several times together and we had so much fun there. She became my party-mate and always be the person who stayed till the last. We share the same crazy spirit for parties and that’s how we get closer.
Not only me learning about Finnish culture, my friend also has a chance to try Vietnamese things. She sometimes comes to my place to have dinner. It was so funny when I taught her to use chopsticks for the first time. Every time I cook new things, she would show her “wow” face and laughed a lot because all are so strange to her.
Learn to be a Vietnamese 🙂
Using chopsticks must be the most memorable moment. I let her try Pho (noodles with chicken) with these chopsticks, roll a spring roll, make bubble tea and dumplings. Vietnamese cuisine is really diversified and I always wish that we will have longer time together so that I can make more “wow” dishes for her. However, time to say goodbye is coming soon as we both have to move to new places for our future, but I will, for sure, keep in touch with her and wait to see her again in Finland.”
Friend- family program is one of the reason which make me to stay in Joensuu. Hope that other international business students will have chances to participate in order to get the spirit of Finnish life.
Quynh Phan & Chi Nguyen