In a month I’ll be doing a 10-minute oral presentation in French about the role of Helmut Kohl and François Mitterrand in the Single European Act and in the creation of a single European currency. I’m looking forward to learning more about the topic, but “wish me luck” is still my first thought!
The long and eventful day had started from the 16th arrondissement of Paris, passed by the 5th, and ended in a three-person bedroom in a brand new Romanian student accommodation complex.
For the purpose of education and amusement, here's the story of what it took for me to get my Erasmus grant contract signed as a Finnish student at a UK university.
If pre-1945 history is remembered through mighty military chiefs and an Egyptian obelisk, the most visible “lieu de mémoire” from post-WWII history was dedicated to a woman who fought for gender equality and for a united Europe.
In a year’s time, maybe I’ll be a person who can call three countries home, who won’t dread doing a talk in French, and who knows more about Europe. Updates from along the way will follow!
By feeling European, you reap the benefits of cooperation and what’s more, it truly feels like cooperation in the common interest. You can both enjoy the glorious taste of fresh tomatoes and meet your colleagues without hiding a dagger in the pouch.
If the young adults strolling around Haikon kartano this weekend keep the spirit of Linnaseminaari at heart, and find the much-discussed courage in their daily lives, Finnish public debate on the European Union may soon look rather more visionary than what it is today.
A mobile lifestyle helps you stay frugal – you won’t buy a lot of cute fluffy accessories for yourself when you’ll need to load everything onto an airport conveyor belt every few months.