Saturday, July 30, 2011

The first day of school!

Yesterday I had my first day at school and it was so exciting! The first two lessons were just wandering around and collecting the odd looks from other students and I just was so confused when sometimes just people walked past me and they just shouted hey and waved at me and then I waved them back and I don't know were they just mocking me or are people here just so polite and friendly that they greet even strangers? Oh the confusion!

But later on it all went well. Some girls came talk to me and they took me to their 'group'. The day went pretty well but maybe monday will go better!

Yesterday evening I went to a local scout meeting and it was just amazing! The people there were so nice and I'm going to attend their meetings for this half of a year!

Tomorrow I'm going to see an Australian football(footie) game to Adelaide and I don't know much about it but maybe soon I will! All I have heard about it is that it is a lot like 'original' football but there's no rules!? Well, we'll see!

See y'all!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Hey Y'all!

Here I am on my third day in Murray Bridge! I arrived Australia last sunday and I was first two nights at my counsellor's in Adelaide and all I can say about my counsellor and his family is AWESOME! They all are so nice and kind and just perfect!

Also this my first host family is very nice! I have an old couple for parents and both of them just are so kind all the time! We live on the countryside just outside the city.

Murray Bridge is very flat city as many of Australian cities. Adelaide was also a bit except there was few towerblocks in the centre.

Last tuesday I had my first rotary meeting which had around 50 heads over the age of 50. I introduced myself for the club and it went all well.

Today I went to my school (Murray Bridge highschool) and I got known to the school and I got my school uniform! Tomorrow will be my first attending at the school and I am a bit nervous but maybe it'll go away.

And that sort of stuff!

The Biggest Differences:
- Inside a house we keep our shoes on.
- Driving on the left hand side
- Breakfast and Lunch very small meals


From Finland To Singapore. From Singapore To Australia!

Hey everyone,  I am alive!!  I am having maybe the best time of my life! I will tell all about my flighttrip from Finland to Australia! This will be a long blog post but it is worth it!

The Flights
Our Flight path was Finland(Helsinki)-Denmark(Copenhagen)-Singapore-Australia(Adelaide). The flights were very comfortable because two of three flights we had Singapore airlines and there was all drinks and food free so I just felt like a god! Also there was a little television screen for each and everyone and it broadcasted the best movies, series and music at the moment and it was just AMAZING! The flights lasted altogether 20h 30min and the longest from Copenhagen to Singapore lasted approximately 12 hours.

The first flight 

 Beautiful sky over Turkey

 The Black Sea

India by night

Singapore Airport waiting hall

I would refer definitely everyone to go Singapore Airport; You can find there swimming pool, gym, lots of restaurants, movies, butterfly garden and more and more!

The day we arrived Singapore it was at least 27 degrees of celsius and the moisture was like in a shower! In Singapore we were for four days and there was activity for each day! We spent the days with every Rotary student who was going to Australia or New Zealand and then there was Mikko who was the one watching over us. There were altrough 21 students and Mikko.

The first day was for going around the places nearby and in the evening we had this one fabulous Singaporian fire dance and a night safari which is the one and only in whole world which was kind of lame because the animals seemed to be drugged because they were just laying there but I would refer it! Also there was this wild animal show where were approximately 10 rare wild animals doing tricks or just being there in front of an 500-headed audience.

The fire dancers


Like a jet plane

 We actually saw a lion!!

 Massive rhino!!

The Animalshow stage and the audience

The second day we spent touring around Singapore with ANDREW, our best tourguide ever! We visited a mosque of Little India, a hindu temple and a buddhist temple in Chinatown. All of them were very interesting to visit. That evening we were allowed to go out wandering around or go with Mikko to the city. In the end every one of us went with Mikko. We saw the centre of the city where were lots and lots of skycrapers and we ate this local food called satei and it was just so nice evening! We even saw a statue of a merlion and we tried the local taxi-system succesfully!

The way people dried their clothes after the loundry

In a mosque every man had to wear a robe like that

 A praying hall in the mosque where actually were people taking their naps?!

 The dome of the mosque. The lower edge is made of used glass jars!

 That's India, all right!

 Inside the Buddhist temple

Sugarcane juice!? (=sokeriruokomehu) It was good first but after few sips it started to taste disgusting!

 I can tell you, that is a small tree!

 High you ask?

 The skycrapers were so beautiful at night!

 Merlion Junior



At a part of the city called Clark Quay, which was all covered with those freaky looking umbrellas but they were actually very handy in the case of a rain and also they conditioned the air!

The third day we went on a boatride to Singapore river which was kind of lame because there were walking paths in the edges of the river. After the boatride we went to the island of Sentosa where was so many things that  even  I can't count them! For example we went there with a cable cart which was HIGH! Also we visited the wax museum, an underwater aquarium, the beach of Sentosa and we saw the bigger merlion.
The last thing we did in Sentosa was going to see a show called Songs of the Sea and it was very impressive! There were some asian actors but they were really bad, the impressive thing was thet there were fountains what sprayed water or mist in the air and there was projected all sorts of stuff in the mist and the sprayed water was coloured with some lights and it was just absolutely gorgeous with the sound! That was something that will have to make an impact for you and you have to go and see it if you ever go to Singapore!
After returning from Sentosa we went to a Restaurant called Hot Stones where we cooked our food ourselves on heated stones and it was a really good experience and the food was that good as you could make!

The last day in singapore we spent mostly by the pool of our hotel and on Singapore airport. We left to the airport after four and then students begun taking off; First those who went to Perth, then those to Sydney, then those to Melbourne and for the last we who went to Adelaide and there was only two of us. I waited on the airport for something like 8 hours and I can tell you it was a bit exhausting even at Singapore airport.

If you ever go to singapore you will be sure to want to go there again!

Hotel Royal
In Singapore we  slept our nights in a three star hotel called Hotel Royal. Maybe the funniest thinig of our staying there was my and my friend's (Jaakko) room which was definitely the biggest room of the hotel! Also the hotel had very good and variety breakfast and there was a swimming pool behind the Hotel and oh boy we spent time there!

 Our room

 The view from our window on a clowdy day

 There were fish everywhere around the hotel!!
 The pool

The group
I met the other 20 students first time at the Helsinki-Vantaa airport and that's where it all started! There was 4 boys and 17 girls. There was people from all over Finland and I got known to almost every one of them! The four days I spent with this group was just absolutely one of the best I've ever get known to! When we had to separate we all were kind of sad but we knew that we'll surely meet again and we'll be in contact during the year.

The boys!

Soon you'll hear more about me!
Seeya Mates!