For our first meeting we chose a the comfortable, cute café named Kaffila in the city center of Tampere. At first we introduced ourselves again and more detailed, e. g. where we are exactly from in our home countries, what we are studying and where we live in Tampere. Part of our first meeting was to talk about culture shocks in Finland and our most missed things from our home countries. We agreed on that the way of consuming alcohol is different in our home countries or as we know it. In Spain you drink not as much but more frequently with a group of family members or/and friends. The alcohol is “barato” (≙ expensive) in Finnland whereas it is “caro” (≙ cheap) in both Spain “y” (≙ and) Germany. Also we learned that the Spanish culture is more loud and everyone is speaking very much and loud, there wouldn’t be silent Trams like in Finland or Germany. Later on “Patatas bravas”, a typical potato dish, and “hamon serrano” (ham) are very traditional dish/snack which they really do miss. As it seems our culture is not so different because we both miss proper roller shutters and bigger windows to enter a lot of fresh air into a room. In Germany this behavior is called Stoßlüften and in Spanish it is “ventilar”.
GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER - CULTURE SHOCK FINLAND