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Once my friend told me that by accident she found Zoological Museum of the University of Turku. To be honest it was a total surprise as I never heard about it. Today my friend and I visited it and I have a huge desire to...

Hackathon is typically a sprint-like event in which programmers and some other parties involved in software development, namely project managers, designers, and others, with the focus on software project development. Particularly, Hackathon usually focuses on language of programming, operating system (iOS, Android, MeeGo), an application in a specific area, or an API. Hackathon often lasts for a day or several ones. In Finland in general and Turku City in particular, hackathon and innovation camp are commonly typical events organized for students to experience, to learn and explore their potentials. You will find this kind of event without difficulty.

Turku is a great place for those who enjoy cycling. To my mind, the number of bicycles is so huge that it can remind you about Amsterdam which is considered to be one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the world. And what really amazed me - people cycle all over the year.

Most likely you’ve heard something about the Kamppi Chapel in the Helsinki city centre. It’s also famous as the «Chapel of Silence». But not so many know that it was inspired by a wooden church situated in Turku.

When you live in Turku you can notice that generally people speak English on a really high level. Although you can easily survive here without Finnish or Swedish, I still believe that it’s good to learn the language of the country you live in. That’s why I decided to learn Finnish.

Cultural difference awareness is becoming increasingly crucial in the context of globalization. To my view of thinking, the more we know about Finnish culture, the better we understand and discover their secrets for success. After learning and interacting with many Finnish entrepreneurs, managerial staff, and office staff, I figure out interesting cultural characteristics of Finns in general and business culture in particular. By understanding features of culture, we are able to not only avoid causing offence to others, but also maintain good relationships in the long-term run. In general, it seems to me that Finns are straightforward, friendly, easy to make acquaintance,… and love nature and sports activities, but they really expect others’ respect of their need for privacy. There are much more fascinating things about people in this wonderland. Let’s discover with me.

Turku is a developing city which attracts tourists from all over the world. You can visit the 13th century Turku castle, Turku Cathedral, which is also called the mother church of the Lutheran Church of Finland, Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova museum. What’s more there are also a lot of events which take place in Turku annually. But as for 2017, it’s special for Finland as it’s the 100th anniversary of country's independence.

They say that student years are the brightest and most fascinating ones. Well, I do enjoy them, but I can say for sure that it wouldn’t be so awesome in case I just studied all the time. Student life includes not only sleepless «finish home assignments» nights, days spent in the library, and thesis writing. It also brings a lot of extracurricular activities in your daily routine.