Happiness is to leave the door open and be surprised. ”When there is a will there is a way!”  My friend was busy studying,  so she crept in through the email door! Ami Niemelä, visitor number 2 at the blog, made it her way with wonderful news! HURRAY!

AMI NIEMELÄ:

Hey there!

Thanks for inviting me over.
The thing is I cannot make it right now because I feel somewhat paralyzed stomach full with pulla and cream.

PULLA = a mildly sweet Finnish sweet roll or dessert bread flavoured with cardammon seeds

PULLA = a mildly sweet Finnish sweet roll or dessert bread flavoured with cardammon seeds

Being paralyzed is not because of the pulla* and cream – even though Karinranta Cafe in Lahti serves the best of the best pullas, pies and cakes in the softest doll house atmosphere.
Being paralyzed is something that is caused by our international exchange students in Lahti Institute of Design.

Mario (Switzerland), Gianluca (Italy) and Maxime (France)

Mario (Switzerland), Gianluca (Italy) and Maxime (France)

We-the local students Maaria, Sisse and myself- tend to think that wanting to do your abroad studies in Finland must be a sign of somewhat twisted mind.
But after field research of two weeks the fact that Mario, Gianluca and Maxime -the Euro-addition of our team- genuinly seem to think that we the Finns are open, helpful and wonderful people, made my cocoa’s cream topping spill on my hoodie.
WHAT?! HONESTLY GUYS?!
Open? Helpful? Wonderful?

But guess what!
They had quite solid and valid proof:
they’ve been offered good hints and tips, positive cultural mayhem and fuss, help, warm shoulder, laughter, hugs, hot cocoa and friendship.

So…I guess I just have to believe it.
THE FINNS ARE ACTUALLY NICE!

With Love from Lahti,
Ami
(A working and studying Finn AND a member of open, helpful and wonderful folk!)