Saturday, August 30, 2008

international scrabble

these are just a few photos we took in the last few days, i've finally fixed the problem with my pc that lets me add photos on here, but left my camera upstairs so still haven't added the sauna photos yet. i will do this evening.

so these photos basically prove not to try and take scrabble with international students seriously (as i found out to my cost) and pretty much the same with playing Molkky (i'm not sure if that's how you spell it....)

also we took a couple of photos when magnus said goodbye to us as he went back to norway. so we gun-bolted, which has ceremonially been renamed "Thor's Hammer". brilliant. anyway, just doing a bit of work today or whatever...we're in school a fair bit during the week so we can kinda do what we want with our weekends. went out last night (wasn't drinking, but still enjoy a dance to some rubbish music) but yeah. hope everyone's ok!


Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Dan -> Last couple of days have been quite good. we registered at college with Cai, our course leader, who's a pretty good guy. We then saw some examples of other IMP groups from previous years, and the work standard is pretty high, particularly in the technical side of things. the actual short films are very art-student short filmy, but technically and scriptwise they're pretty good, so we have a lot to live up to. and the DVD production is really good as well...looks like we're going to have to learn pretty quickly.
we then went and learnt Molkky, the 'finnish national sport' - it's basically like boule (bowls) but before they invented the wheel - you get a sausage-shaped piece of wood to throw. it's really fun though, and we played it with Cai for a couple hours. in the evening we went to an irish pub and i got a win stolen from my grasp twice by a fluckey norwegian, who's actually leaving our group to go back in favour of studying in australia next year. fair enough, and it means we get to visit him before we come home.

Today, we went to Finish sauna, but not just any sauna, as this one was hotter than the usual apparently and was right next to a freezing cold you go in the sauna, you take a dip, you go back in, you swim, you go back in..etc. and we continued this for 2 hours. it was the most relaxing thing i think i've ever done, incredible, and hopefully we're going to make it a regular thing. we actually got taken there by two of our other tutors for the year Tomi and Petteri, who are a really good laugh and a few of us went for a pint with Petteri and some chinese after as we were too chilled out to cook. then we chilled out with the boys and before we knew it it was late, we thought we'd post some pictures up. stay tuned for our first animated entry, we're going to start on it this weekend. moi moi!

p.s i went a bit mental today trying to sort out bank stuff and's too short to worry about it i conclude. lets have another sauna.

Pics not loading so will upload them tomorrow.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

For your viewing pleasure...

Photos taken on our first couple of days in Tampere. The night ones were taken on a jetty on the Northernmost lake, the other one by a lake was taken during the day by the Southern lake and the other photo is of Tampere from an observation point in between the two.
Saturday night we just chilled out, went to a party, met a guy from Thorton Heath called Isaac who's studying here for a year and then went to a bar and chilled out some more.
Keepis! (cheers)

Saturday, August 23, 2008


Dan -> Moi! (Moro in the local Tampere dialect).  Just a quick note to say I'm alive and so is Nick, although pretty hungover to be honest. We went out on the town with a whole bunch of exchange students and drank too much. It's sunny today so we're going to walk up to an observation point from which you can see both lakes. Hope everyone back home is cool, miss everyone lots. We star work on Monday (with a sauna, apparently) so well get into the flow of things better then. Everyone's really nice here, including my french roommate, which is nice, although we do share the smallest room ever but still. Will keep you guys updated as and when new stuff happens.

Moi moi!