Off course you can find Moomin gum :)
I got a festival package with a catalogue, a programme and 11 festival tickets of choice. So far I have seen three movies and booked another six. I think reading the catalogue and doing circles in the programme is as much fun as watching the movies. Who ever chooses the pictures and writes the descriptions for the films in the catalogue is the one who determines what I am deciding to see. The picture is crucial! When it comes to film festivals I rarely watch trailers - I read, look at the pictures and doodle in the catalogue.
- When I Saw You - About a young boy in Afghanistan in the 60's in times of war and the love between a mother and her son. I liked it a lot!
- Much Ado About Nothing - An American black and white movie based on a play. The dialogue was very quick and spoken in rhymes with a formal English. Without subtitles it was diffucult to understand it. I got bored and let myself take a little nap.The whole idea of the movie was fun though and towards the end I got some good laughs.
- Mood Indigo - Now I just got back from a cute and super weird French Movie with Audrey Tautou. It was a love story that took place in a playful fantasy version of Paris.
A guy from Hanken, Svenska Handelshögskolan, eating a Hessburger - The Finnish equivalence to McDonalds.
- Introduction to wood properties and wood products, 3 hp
Aalto University has a whole department dedicated to forrest production so this course only touches the surface. So far it is very interesting. Wood might seem like a pretty low tech material when it is actually quite high tech. Today in class we talked about how wood can be used as insulation and thereby regulate the moisture level in a room and decrease cost for heating. This class might be a bit more theoretical that the one I would have taken in Linköping and it only corresponds to half of the credits so I might take a continuing course in the spring.
- Knowledge and competence management, 3 hp
This is a type of management course about information and how we share it with other people. The lectures would be more interesting if the professor was not talking with such a monotone voice. Finnish is a language without intonation which sometimes reflect also when a Finnish person is speaking English. Something new to me with this course are "learning diaries". They are a short reflective essay with a theme that you write inbetween the lectures, in other Words, once a week. I think it is a pretty clever way to force us students so grasp the content.
- Opportunity prototyping, 3 hp
I am not sure what this course really is about yet. It is supposed to be a management course but it feels more like something else. There has just been one lecture and I think that the only aim the lecturer had for the first lecture was to inspire us. He was mainly telling anecdots and saying things like "think outside the box" and "think like designers". There is going to be a project where we are supposed to develop the Finnish "baby box".
- Project development Project (PDP) 10 hp
This is the only class I have that will last for a whole year. Everyone calls it PDP and it is supposed to be a pretty intense product development course. The resources for this course are impressive. The 100 or so participating students from different departments and countries will be divided into groups of 10. Each group will be working towards a company and have a budget of 10000 EUR. To our help there is a big crew of faculty and tutors and a building called the Design Factory. The Design Factory is this creative space with a stage, work spaces, small rooms for meetings, a room designated for Skype meetings, a knitting studio, a full kitchen where you can cook dinner with your group and then in the basement there is all kinds of tools and euipment for building stuff. The prototypes in this course have the chance to become awsome. I have to post pictures from this place!!
After two less fourtunate events at the Helsinki Design week, a non excisting fashion show(my fellow exchange students and I could not find it at least) and a guided tour of the Finlandia hall in Finnish (they guides were kind and did some English sum ups but it felt like we missed out on a lot of interesting facts about this Alvar Aalto designed building), the Design market was a success! It was super inspireing to be surrounded by a bunch of creative souls and their work of art.
I especially liked some jewellry made from colored pencils. Fun idea! Besides collecting ideas for future design projects and birthday cards I purchased some cool gifts and a pair of earings for myself. If I was not a student and had my own appartment (where I would be staying indefinitely) I could easialy bought more than quite a few pices of neat furniture.
Stopping a vehicle
At a stop, please give a clear signal to the driver early enough. Hold your hand up until the driver indicates to show that he/she is going to stop. Giving a clear signal is particularly important when roads are icy or it is dark. Use a luminous tag to improve your visibility.
Once again I forgot this last night. I was standing by the busstop carrying one item in each hand and had no thought of raising either one of them to wave to the driver. So the bus just passed me buy. It is not like waving is something hard to. It is just that for almost 23 years it has been enough just standing there. I think that I have to start waving even when there are other people at the bus stop also waving. (which means that I really do not have to do it), just to practice and get a habit out of it so that I am fine next time by myself.
I hope that I can manage the second half of the semester. The light blue and the darker orange course are at different campuses with a 40 minute bus ride inbetween. Luckily the light blue course do not have mandatory lectures.
- First of all the cute little brewer makes the coffe amazingly fast. Too fast perhaps?
- Secondly the coffee filters that I found smells like tea. Could the filters be spiked with tea?
- Finally I have no idea what kind of coffee I have bought. I just took the same mysterious Finnish package as the middle age lady in front of me in the grocery store. She looked trustworthy though, like an experienced coffee drinker, however they look like :S