When I arrived in Finland, I had some stereotypes in my head about the Finns and how would be my life here: cold and shy people, don’t know how to party, hard winter, many hours at home, not many friends, introspective life…
Well, I have to say that all of it was wrong (but not the hard winter) since I arrived here, from how the Finns behavior socially and how would be my social life. And the Get to Know Each Other Party was one of the first shock I had here. First of all: some days before the party, a friend told me: you have to go to the party, there you’ll meet your future boyfriend, husband whatever and of course, your pals of the uni. Hahahaha Second of all: they have karaoke in night clubs!!! This is not about shy people, it’s about people that can party in so many different ways, since the beginning of the party with games (which I unfortunately lost because got too late) to karaokes and harsh dancing! Because “difficult times ask for hard dancing” - and they have a not so good weather over here (which means difficult time for me). So people here, from all around the world, danced and danced and danced and sung! Doing all these crazy stuffs, c’mon, you just get to know many people, exchange contacts, laught a lot and dance hard. It was a really good start and a break of expectancy.

By Laís Oliveira Leite