I'm going to quickly just tell what this blog is all about. Last month I decided to go to South Africa for student exchange program for 3 months. We were offered this opportunity in our school last year before Christmas. At that time the destination was different but this year I got a second opportunity and so I grabbed it with my shaking hands.
This program is mainly for IT students, as far as I know, and basically it is about projects done with the international and local people. I will tell more about this project I'm doing later on.
With this blog I'm trying to develop my writing skills in English, record my journey and share it with people. Especially with my friends and family.
Then something about myself. I come from Finland, where the Santa Claus is supposed to live and the winter is way too long. Now that I'm in South Africa you'd think I don't have to worry about it, but unfortunately I entered South Africa in it's winter season. Or upcoming winter season to be precise. But still, no snow thank god! It is a long way from Finland to South Africa and it took quite a bit time to get here. I don't know how, but I slept most of the time in the airplanes. Good for me I guess! Back in Finland I live in a town called Kuopio which is a nice town in my opinion. I study computer science in the university of Eastern Finland and this would be my second year doing it. I'm a 23-year-old guy and I've been living in Finland almost my whole life. Originally I was born in Estonia. But I don't know the language of Estonia though. I do know Russian language since my parents are from Russia. I will try to tell more about myself while I write about the happenings in here so it would be more interesting to read.
Now the main course...How I've been here in South Africa during my first week? The first day was a wacko! Alright, too much exaggerating, but still...a bit confusing. I arrived from London to Johannesburg on Thursday 4th of April and I felt a bit tired and hungry. I was nervous and wasn't quite sure if someone was really waiting for me at the airport to drive me to the campus in Potchefstroom. I got my luggage, exchanged some money and found my way to the main hall. There were lots of people with signs and names written on them. I spotted my name pretty quickly and was a bit relieved. The man that was holding the sign is called Jacques and he works here in Potchefstroom campus in IT department. Right from the start he was a very nice person with a great sense of humor and relaxed attitude. Everyone here seems to have this very relaxed attitude and I'm almost the opposite. I always think too much or plan things way before they happen. Maybe it's not a bad thing sometimes, but to be like that all the time...not so good.
Right, now I have to continue working and yet I have so much to tell. Unfortunately we don't have the Internet in our apartment, but I guess I could write offline and just paste it here when I have the connection. I will tell more about the previous week and of course this week.