Evan Cross

Evan Cross

Evan Cross

Im an exchange student living in finland for the year 2014! lets see what happens :D

Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Tuusula March 3rd 2014

Hello everybody! I know it has been a while, but i will write up a large entry today. I have been doing quite a lot lately. I mostly have been spending time with friends and family, but then there are a few special occasions that have occurred. Like the Finnish prom or Wanhojen Tanssit. It is a long time Finnish tradition where all of the 2nd grade high schoolers move up into the graduating class. Then after the dance we went to a very famous Finnish restaurant and ate some good food. My finnish is getting very good. I can pretty much speak it fluently with anybody I see. I switched families the other day and I have to say that this house is very nice! I really have enjoyed my stay there already. What was ... read more

Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki December 14th 2013

Well everyone i did it. I ice skated. It was so very fun. I really like it actually, every time i went around the rink i got faster and faster, but then i would fall on my butt. I also yesterday in helsinki went to a lucia party which is a swedish-finn tradition. It was pretty cool actually. The church looked really nice and there were a ton of people. I switched host families also. It was actually quite nice to switch. The family has a three story house and i get one floor to my self basically. They are all very nice. I am speaking only finnish in the house and I finally have internet access. Everything is wonderful. Bye... read more

Europe » Finland » Lapland » Muonio December 2nd 2013

Hello everyone. I just got back from my trip above the arctic circle. And for those who don't know, it is called lapland. Lapland was one of the greatest experiences I have ever had. The people i was with were amazing and so fun to be around. The first bus ride was a little long but we finally made it to Muonio after a long 18 hours in the bus. Right from there we went skiing at a nearby ski center. There was only one slope open at the resort. Let me say, it was pretty boring for me and my friend from France, who was a professional skier. After skiing we all went back and ate something we all relaxed and went to sleep early. (let me mention that the sun rose at 9 and ... read more

Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Tuusula October 8th 2013

Hello Rotary club of Carlsbad! I want to let you guys know that I am doing very well! School is going very well and I have made many friends. I am going to a gym with my new best friend and we love working out and going to sauna every day is just amazing. My host family is all very nice and they make me feel right at home. Finnish is coming along and I can speak quite good for the amount of time studying it. I am so grateful to you guys and Rotary International for letting this happen. Now I will teach you guys some Finnish. Let me just say Kiitos for everything.... read more

Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Tuusula September 15th 2013

These past days have been so indescribably fun! Last Saturday, all of the Helsinki region Rotary members all met up for a meeting and we toured the city. It was so gorgeous and I did take lots of pictures! Ate some very scrumptious food and saw a ballroom dance like I will be attending. Then after that awesome day with all of my exchange student friends, I went to the movies with my best Finnish friend and saw a funny movie which made that day perfect. School exam week is coming up and I can't wait to take my two exams! Next session Im taking a harder math course. Today was sauna day which is the best day of the week for me. Hyvää yötä... read more

Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Tuusula September 1st 2013

Things have been quite well and very steady so I have been able to catch up on relaxation. Ive picked up some hobbies here like singing in the Mieslaulaiet. Which is an all mens chorus. And the conductor is willing to give me vocal lessons as well. She studies at the Sibelius Music Academy, which is the most prestigious music school in all of finland. Ive also started playing tennis for the tennis club and the two girls in my group for training are the best in Tuusula. Ive been playing tremendously well! And going to the gym with my friend Pete has been one of the most fun things to do. Nothing feels better than leaving school when we have no classes and just pumping iron. I made Caesar salad last friday and my family ... read more

Europe » Finland August 25th 2013

Well this weekend has been an absolute blast for me and my family! First after a long drive, we arrived at this cottage that wasn't really a cottage, more of a large Cabin. Lasse's friends were there and it was their cottage. His friend designed and built it himself! They didn't really speak any English and so I had to use my Finnish skills and I was quite successful. After an afternoon snack and darts, I went out with lasses friends and we checked a couple of the nets in the lake and picked up a couple of fish and i saw some huge rapu! Then we went water skiing on the lake and it was glass at 3 pm! After that me and Eveliina went to sauna and went back and forth between there and ... read more

Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Tuusula August 23rd 2013

This past week has been awesome! First thing is i played tennis with a professional coach and he fixed a lot of things in just an instant. He is now going to play in the senior world championships in Austria. Then in the next day Lasse took me out to the driving range and taught me how to swing a club. He knows a proffesional golfer as well who plays at the course and asked him if he would help me with my form and he sure was a big help. I couldnt believe that I got help from a professional golfer. Then today, I helped Eveliina make Mokkara which are basically Finnish brownies. And tonight I am getting to meet the other host families I will be staying with. Hei! Hei!... read more

Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Tuusula August 20th 2013

Today I had my first club meeting in Helsinki today! The club president gave me a ride from Tuusula to Pasila in a quite nice restaurant and I met all the other Rotarians. They welcomed me warmly and are very nice. I met my club counselor as well today and she gave me some veru good advice about learning finnish and I have applied it so. I have been having some headaches lately, but they have been getting better. Hyvää Ilta... read more

Europe » Finland » South Karelia » Lappeenranta August 18th 2013

This past weekend was very special. My host mother took me and Tino to Lappeenranta to visit their summer cottage, and to see her brother's family. The very hot sauna made the week very amazing. When we arrived to the cottage, you could see very many berries on the side of the road like mustikka. They weren't at their peak in the season, but still yummy! Swimming in the icy lake after a very hot sauna is the best feeling ever! Over this past weekend I have eaten a large amount of food. All of it very good! A delicious Makkara and nice sieni Canterelli sauce. Also I ate a very yummy lihapirakka only found in Lappeenranta! School is very nice and Im making more and more friends day after day. Finnish is coming along very ... read more

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