I RECOMMEND SEEING DIFFERENT PARTS OF PORTUGAL, THEY CAN BE REALLY DIFFERENT, DON’T FORGET TO TASTE “GINJA”!
[Nina in ESAD.CR.]
Year of the “Mobility Experience”:2011.
Hometown: Kuopio, Finland.
Host institution: ESAD.CR/IPL, Portugal.
Course or field of study in ESAD.CR: Ceramics, Fine Arts.
Why did you choose this school?
Because I found ceramic teaching there and it is cooperating with my school.
How did you become involve with Portuguese teachers and students?
Some of teachers were nice, some of them not… Students were really friendly.
This school is “ideal” for…
Where did you stay?
I lived with three Portugueses studying in the same school.
What did you think of the city?
The city was ok… pretty small, but beautiful.
Did you like the food?
Sad to admit, but no.
Did you visit other cities in Portugal?
Yes, many. For example: Lisbon, Porto, Peniche and around Algarve.
What do you think are the major cultural differences between Portugal and your hometown?
The way of life. People are busy and effective in Finland. Also the dinner times were hard to learn….
Did you make any Portuguese friends?
Do you have plans to return to Portugal?
I don´t know now… maybe.
What do you think that this experience brought to you in the personal and professional level?
I´m more self-confident and my English is better. I appreciate my home country more than ever.
A recommendation for future “In Coming Students”:
I recommend seeing different parts of Portugal, they can be really different, and don’t forget to taste “ginja”!