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Europe » Finland » Central Finland » Jyväskylä December 21st 2014

This last week in Jyvaskyla has been a million things at once. As Lukas says, “I’m feeling all kinds of crap”. I have been a member of 4 send-off committees this week. I have had a blast in Helsinki with Liza. I learned how to ice skate. I’ve cried. I’ve partied. I’ve been to Sebastian’s three times and I’ve said goodbye to people that I’ll remember for the rest of my life. These were the hardest goodbyes I have ever had to give. Because I can’t know when those goodbyes will be hellos again. But more important than my sadness to be leaving is how grateful I am to have had this experience. Studying abroad was everything I had hoped it would be. It met my expectations and then exceeded them by being absolutely perfect. While ... read more
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Europe » Finland » Central Finland » Jyväskylä December 8th 2014

The night before I left for Ireland I made a huge mistake. It was a pretty classic Hannah move really but it was awful. That night, me and my friends decided to go to the karaoke bar/restaurant next to where we live to sing and have a few beers. We had a good time there and we left pretty late. We hung out later into the night and the next thing I knew, I was headed back to my apartment and unexpectedly, it was already 6 am. As if I didn’t already feel panicked about the fact that I was a little tipsy, not completely packed, and needed to get on a train in about three hours, I suddenly realized I didn’t have my phone. I don’t really use my phone that much here because I ... read more
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Europe » Finland » Central Finland » Jyväskylä November 8th 2014

I'm sitting here in the Helsinki airport listening to everyone repeatedly say yo yo yo yo yo into their cellphones, and I realized that I was heading off for another adventure without even documenting the last. The last few weeks have been such a blast! I have made a lot of new friends and I've been doing a lot of fun things. A couple weeks ago, I went to St. Petersburg and it was such an amazing trip! Not only is St. Petersburg just ridiculously beautiful but the people on the trip really made it what it was. I was lucky enough to share a cabin with Marleen, Mirte, and Jitte on the cruise ship that we took to St. Petersburg from Helsinki and back. The cabins were so horribly small! I kept bumping my elbow ... read more
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Europe » Finland » Central Finland » Jyväskylä October 20th 2014

Many of you are aware of the burrito shaped hole in my heart which developed shortly after arriving in Finland. Luckily, I was finally able to fill that hole! Nathalie found a burrito place in Turku and it was amazing. It was like Qdoba or Chipotle except really delicious. Yeah, you read it right. I said except like as in contrary to those places. Cry about it. For this momentous occasion, I wrote this haiku. I love burritos. Rice, beef, and cheese. Sour cream please. And one for the road. Sadly, I did not grab a second burrito to go but to do it over again I would. You may have also noticed that I renamed my blog to an actual blog name. "All My Friends Are Asleep" seems like an appropriate name for a West ... read more
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Europe » Finland » Central Finland » Jyväskylä October 10th 2014

Hello friends! I bet you thought I had let my blog slip but I promise I haven't. It's really just that my life has slowed down quite a bit and I had to build up some material before I sat myself in front of the keyboard again. These last few weeks, I have been discovering Finland. A couple of weekends ago, I went to Helsinki with my friend Audrey. She is from Washington (state) and so it was nice to get to know her, and also to talk with her about some of the cultural differences we have both been experiencing here. I would say that none of it has been negative, but it is still different and makes for some great conversation. These are not things that I can appropriately list out here, but I ... read more
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Europe » Finland » Central Finland » Jyväskylä September 23rd 2014

So much has happened since my last blog entry! I am still so tired from my trip to Italy but I figured that if I don't document some of my adventures soon it will be too late, so here we go. The week/weekend before I left for Venice was relatively relaxing. I spent most of the weekend getting to know my host family better. Arja had her run that I mentioned in the last blog post so I used her run as an opportunity to finally explore Jyvaskyla since I now have a bike and the weather was so beautiful that day! It was really fun riding around the lake and going to the check points for the run. I took a few pictures of the largest lake in Jyvaskyla which are attached to this blog. ... read more
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Europe » Finland » Central Finland » Jyväskylä September 11th 2014

Hello again! This week has been all full of new things! Some good, some a little frustrating, but all in all, I still love my new temporary home. Since I last blogged, I experienced European nightlife for the first time and it was so much fun! The dancing here is a lot more like dancing and a lot less bump and grind. Going out can be really expensive though so we usually stick to student nights where we are able to get discounts. Other than it being generally cheaper to drink at home, another benefit is that for every can we recycle at the grocery store we get 15 cents back. Talk about inCENTive. (keep your face palms to yourself, you all know I love word play). After going out on Saturday, I woke up with ... read more
ESN Kick Off
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Marleen and Me

Europe » Finland » Central Finland » Jyväskylä September 5th 2014

Hello beloved friends and family! I am so touched that so many people want to know how I am doing and what I am up to so I have decided to make this blog in order to keep all of my loved ones informed and of course, to document my experiences in Finland. It has only been 3 days and there is already so much to say I don't even know where to begin. As many of you know, I am very jet lagged. My body doesn't understand what time it is or what it is supposed to be doing. Right now, it is 10:39 AM in Salem, Oregon but here in Jyvaskyla it is 8:39 PM. That is a ten hour time difference. As many of you saw, I took pictures of Pusheen the Cat, ... read more
Pusheen in Colorado
Airport Fun
Claw Shine

Europe » Finland » Central Finland » Jyväskylä August 9th 2014

Jyväskylä Finland 9 August 2014 It is Saturday today and we want to get to Helsinki by Sunday night so after leaving the lovely quiet spot in the forest where we parked for the night, we drove in a general western direction to Jyväskylä. I say general direction because we had to thread our way between the 100s of lakes, so there was a bit of twisting and turning of direction. We arrived in Jyväskylä at about 11.00am and drove straight to the Alvar Aalto's Museum. He is THE father of architecture in Finland. His designs can be seen all over the world, but particularly in Finland, Italy and the USA. He officially started his career in 1921 and died at the age of 78 years in 1976. He not only design buildings, but glassware and ... read more
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Europe » Finland » Central Finland » Jyväskylä November 25th 2011

Jyvaskyla is a special place to visit for me. I have traveled there several times and continue to go once a year in the Fall. The city presents a great taste of Finnish culture as a medium sized town in central Finland surrounded by beautiful forests. The University of Jyvaskyla is picturesque sitting on the lake with the design of Alvar Aalto evident in many places. The bridge running across the lake is amazing as are the modern white sharp-lined buildings that seem to blend into the trees that surround them. If you want more Aalto you can tour his museum or visit some of the buildings on campus that he helped design. Also, check out the statue of the great Flying Finn Paavo Nurmi just behind the Aalto museum. If you enjoy exercise, like most ... read more
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