Regards from Polar Arctic Circle!
Hi all of you!
I am very delighted to have an opportunity to learn English by writing a blog. To learn something properly is a thing which does seem to become ready never. I introduce myself first.
I am 46 years old family woman from Rovaniemi located Northern Finland. Finland belongs to Scandinavia and is a neighbor to Russian, Sweden, Norway and Estonia. My family consist husband and three children which are 16, 16 (twins) and 5 years old. We live in the detached house. It locates in a small village 45 km away from the Rovaniemi town in the rural area.
I feel at this moment that I am an eternal student. I have graduated from the different kind of vocational schools many times. Most of them have involved in a way or another to the rural industries. I thought that graduating from Rovaniemi University of Applied Sciences and becoming the Bachelor of Agrologic sciences in Rural Industries would be the end of studies. But I was wrong. I didn’t get suitable work or I didn’t get work at all. So I applied again to study and this time to two different Universities which locate here in North Rovaniemi and Oulu. In Rovaniemi University of Applied Sciences I intend to graduate the degree of Hospitality management and Tourism before the end of 2010. In Oulu University of Applied Sciences has a school of Vocational Teacher Education. I will become a vocational teacher at the end of this year. So you may wonder, why do I all of this. Is there any sense to use all of this time for studying? Sometimes I wonder it by myself too. I am not alone to do this and I tell you an example. I applied a job for the summer season. I found one which was very interesting and my working experiment and education would fix perfectly, I thought. It was two and half Months job and working time was part time (50%). When I got the reply from the employee I was shocked. The person, who was elected to do that job, had two degrees from University of Applied Sciences. So it means she had at least seven years studies behind and got a part time job for two and half months. It roused thousands thoughts in my mind. Lifelong learning and life wide learning, and is it really worth of spending time. During this month having this blog here I will tell you everything about studying, having work, having family, be a part of competition of better life and of course what it is to live here in North. Hope to see you soon.
posted on Monday, 01 June 2009 | comment on this post
The post-modern world promotes education
How do we have all good things that the post-modern world offers? If we just think of education, it means to achieve it good internet connections. The education offered to adults is mainly in internet and within learning boards used by login. As I told to become a vocational teacher and be a professional teacher at the vocational school needs competitive skills both in the subject (rural industry, gardening, caring industry, hospitality industry, mechanic services, economic industry etc.) and in the pedagogic sciences. It means not to be only a competent what to do but also how to make students learn.
So back to my studies. The one part of Vocational Teachers Education includes pedagogic sciences. I think now I will mix your mind but this part of the studies is done in the third university in Jyväskylä. University of Jyväskylä has specialized to e-learning and web-based learning surroundings.
What it requires from me? It is an efficient computer, suitable basic programmers and GOOD INTERNET CONNECTION. When live in periphery to be in touché with another world needs good connections. It is very much cheaper to study in www2 world in internet than to send in another locality three months. We have broadband channel and three computers connected to modem. The operator has decided to give up cables and promotes people to join in wireless connection. For us it means three wireless modems and it is more expensive and the connection speed is not so effective.
But there is also another side in a coin. We can approach this issue through an imagination. What would happen if every person who is able to read and write would join to every possible learning community and become a profession what ever. Every new profession is located in periphery and distance between them is 50 km at least. Population density is around 1-2 person km2. Do you think that the social capital will arouse and bring more upcoming economy? I think that in a limits it will do it but sooner or later it will filled up by very good educated persons which is too much for local bearing capacity and environmental capacity. So what do you think what will happen then? What do you think that should happen?
See you soon, in the next blog I will introduce my hobby.
posted on Tuesday, 02 June 2009 | comment on this post
Wild herbs, mushrooms and berries!
My hobbies are around nature. Finns relation to nature is functional and it fits to me, too. My hobby in nature can be dialed with three parts. First part of it is utilization. How nature can be useful for me? That part consists mainly to summer and autumn. The waking summer rises up a lot of different kind of herbs which can be used a part of food or just for refreshment. During the summer forests and wet lands give pure and full of vitamin berries. Mushrooms can be picked up mainly on autumn. I will tell you about this part on this time. Things can be done now at the beginning of the summer. The other parts are activities in nature and photographing in nature. I think I will present some works later about my favorite photos and processing them.
Wild herbs are very close to my heart. I think it was 1988 when I was involved with herbs and especially with wild herbs. Using mushrooms as a food has come to me by mother’s milk. In Northern Carelia, where I have born, it is very normal to use mushrooms as a part of every day’s food. So for a long time I have been interested in herbs and mushrooms. I have to just go out from house and look around what I could pick up and cook for something.
On this spring I found some brain mushrooms and cooked from them very delicious souse. The brain mushroom is a different kind of mushroom. It rises up only on spring. If you think to have similar mushrooms on autumn you have to leave them alone. They are definitely mortally poisoned. The brain mushroom is also poisoned, but it can be cooked three times five minutes at least and change the water for every cooking. But one thing you can be sure, taste is gorgeous. I will link a web page which tells more about brain mushrooms.
There are a lot of wild herbs which are possible to use now but I will show you what to do with black currant’s leaves. Herbs have a lot of good influences to human being. It is said that black currant promotes food digestion, prohibits flue and is good for piles. If you are going to use black currant’s leaves for health reasons you have to check all details somewhere. Information of herbs, berries and mushrooms you can find here .
So you have to know what you are picking up. Pick up only fresh and young leaves. Don’t pick them up just beside of the road, nearby towns and subareas or factories. This is black currant.
Pick the leaves airy, open cup. The weather should be sunny and the time of the day should be early on the morning. The leaves form sugar inside of cells. They taste better.
Put the leaves to a tee pan and cook the water and turn it over the leaves.
Let it stay for a 15 minutes.
And enjoy delicious taste.
One thing you have to remember. If you think to go out now and pick up wild herbs, you have to be sure which of them are suitable to use for food. Don’t pick up poisoned herbs, berries and mushrooms!
Next time we will be on a river and on a boat, I think.
posted on Thursday, 04 June 2009 | comment on this post
Free choice studies in Rovaniemi
I have told a lot of about the vocational teacher education. Now I will tell something about Tourism studies at RAMK. The studies consist with 210 units and they are divided in seven parts. Parts are basic studies (15 units), professional studies (108 units), advanced professional studies (18 units), optional advanced professional studies (15 units), free choice electives (15 units), practical training (30 units) and bachelor’s thesis (15 units).
I do one part of my free choice studies as a student tutor. It is very practical course and for it I have been involved in International Summer School here in Rovaniemi last week and will be this week. We have a small group and we arrange free time actives to the students.
Both of them Tourist degree and Summer School you will find more detailed information on Rovaniemi Applied Sciences sites.
ROVANIEMI APPLIED SCIENCES
Summer School is a co-operation project with Satakunta and Rovaniemi Applied Sciences and the participants will come around the world from Europe, USA, Asian and of course some also from Finland.
Last week we were on a river boat called Satakieli. We left from campus and walked though the city and arrived to the harbor of the Kemijoki River. It was blowing heavily and we were wondering how the river boat will survive on waves. But our worry was unnecessary our journey was calm and steady on the waves.
There was a DJ at boat and he arranged karaoke for the passengers. We heard some upcoming stars, Idols, and Angel Choir singing there. There was a teacher coming from Kansas, Arkansas or somewhere there and every met him last year waited his singing. He kept us in a tension until the end of cruising and after his sang with male choir I said to him I don’t wonder anymore that the others waited and scared of his singing at the same time. He laughed of it. It was an unforgettable experiment. Anyway students seem to have fun and enjoyed singing and sailing on the river.
I met also another teacher from Arkansas and her students were wondering why the water of the river is so dark. I explained that the rivers (the Ounasjoki River and the Kemijoki River) on the upper river flow among the swamps and wet lands. And the swamps has a lot of decomposed organic matter and especially on Spring when the snow melts and the rivers are over flowing, there is a lot of moss in the water. It is not dangerous; it is not a chemical and does not pollute the river and its ecology more than it bears normally.
Some photos of our sailing on the river.
River boat Satakieli and views
Multi cultural connections
Now some replies to the commentors:
Sreenadh from India: You are lucky to find Rovaniemi from Google Earth I have good news for you. I read from a local news paper that they will update Rovaniemi and some other towns in Finland during this summer.
You wondered also that Scandinavians are the happiest people in the world. Yes you are right. All those who are unhappy are died. Suicide keeps statistics clean. All of our health care research you will find here
National institute of health and welfare
And many of you commentators wondered how it is possible to do all study, have family, and take care of children and so on. Well I have to admit that sometimes it is really like a play on a high wire but I have given up some points which I think are not so important in my life. One is give up watching TV. I try to look the news at least once in a day and once or twice some actual program in a week. And second thing that I have not given up is that I have a good husband. He takes care of the house and the children when I am busy. We don’t have a lot of separated works to a wife and a husband. We try to cope from ordinary life by helping each other and doing works and duties together. Maybe we are quite equal front of life and realities here.
My mother is in a surgery now. They will change a knee to her and hope she will not dance traditional dances like tango and humppa for a while.
posted on Monday, 08 June 2009 | comment on this post
3rd photo to the blog below
Reason or an other the 3rd photo has problems to become a visible.
I try once again
To those who are interested in cultures and their differences
Hofstede would give answers.
He gives a lot of thinking of his ideas and researches among cultures
posted on Tuesday, 09 June 2009 | comment on this post
Last part of Free Choice Studies
This is the last part of free choices in my Bachelor’s degree. This is also a photo cavalcade from the afternoon with Summer School students.
We were first in Sport school which is also a part of Applied Sciences. Students were able to familiar with indoor playground. It is a playground which is planned to serve also adults and especially ageing people. It has made a research that people over 60 years have become much more better conditions and been able to fetch and carry their every day’s life more easily. It has also refreshed them and accidents like broken legs have degreased. So why we would not start it now, have playgrounds for adults and let’s have fun.
After that funny moment we went to Ranua Zoo. It is located 80 km south-east from Rovaniemi. The fauna of the Zoo is mainly collected from the animals of Lapland but there is also one animal of which I have to say it is from arctic areas and not exist in Lappish nature. It is Pola bear. Anyway it is interesting and dangerous animal. I hope we will have them in Polar Arctic still next 100 000 years.
The Zoo in on a hill and it is mainly beach of very old lake. Actually it is the beach of Lake Ancylus. The Baltic See was a lake about 10 000 years ago when Scandinavia was covered by Ice Age. We have a treat of global warming now and Polar Arctic would melt away. We can imagine that the water high of sees will rise some hundred meters who knows. My sister who is geophysicist advised to buy a plot beside the Ancylus beach. I think that it will be really far-reaching view. I have started to collect money for it.
Summer School seems to be tiring and for myself I am happy to end this course to the rapport. I will enclose some photos you have seen and describe the whole process.
At the end of this blog I would like to tell my best regards to the students and teachers who joined in Summer School. I think it was a good experiment and raised our experience of cultures, learning and teaching.
posted on Thursday, 11 June 2009 | comment on this post
It has been raining and blowing on resent days. Weather service will not promise anything better. It has become warmer and it means we have a lot of mosquitoes now. I have a good reason to stay at home and beyond the table and write the next blog.
Photographing has been my hoppy very long time. The most creative period of my hobby was about ten or fifteen years ago. Taken photos presented people, children and nature. I tried to catch a moment and insert a message. I tried to impress something with perspective, details, shadows and rhythms of objects. I had (still have) a system camera (Nikon 601) and smaller pocket camera. I used DX code films (25, 50, 100, 200, 1000), slide films and black-and-white films. The system camera was for the main situations and the pocket camera was for occasional purposes. The first problem to develop photos was with B/W photos. I have not my own laboratory and I used a photography shops laboratory. The quality of handmade photos was good but it was extremely expensive. After a while the developing fee had degreased but the quality was poor. The photos were made with the same development process machines as the color photos were done. There were not gray scale separation. I concentrated to color photos wholly and developed my skills to create fiction and sort of self-made reality. I had extra objectives and a tripod to help work. Then something happened and I lost my creativity and interest in photographing.
Two years ago I bought a new digital system camera (Nikon 80D) and Adobes programs to process photos. On the web graphic course I learned the technique and some tips to process the photos. It should be careful with one thing. It is eagerness to using Photoshop program instead of looking a photo. What do you think about following pictures? Have I done too much or not? What kind of purpose they will fit best in your mind?
The background layer is a back side of a wooden puzzle. I had some photos of our journey to Northernmost Lapland and made from them by vector graphic puzzle forms. Added shadow with red tinge and color glide with outer glow upper part of picture. The gray background color is for readable colors of letters.
The islet on Lake Rahajärvi (Money) pictured in the middle of the night and on the early morning. We were in Inari in Northernmost Lapland some years ago and spend Mid Night Festival there. As you see the sun did not go down at mid night at all it shines behind the islet and made the Islet black. The topmost layer is made by the pattern which is one to three black white.
The colors of the texts should be in a balance with another part of photo. The colors are fixed with the parts of flower here. You can also see the difference to use shadow or not with a text.
Lady’s Slipper orchid is a protected plant here in Finland. It grows in our village forests.
And the same with Beverly emboss.
This is made by vector graphic. The parts of Northernmost Lapland and Lake Inari are made with color glides. The lines are effected with shadow.
Ice sculptures were quite light and not very visible at the origin picture. Blue color changes the spirit of sculptures.
It is a real blue moment. I was coming back from Muonio and Olostunturi (Fjell Olos) to Rovaniemi on February. Just before the sun fell down I drove a car beside the road and took this. I have not done anything to this photo just and the text.
Two layers and Beverly emboss cone. Nice harmony colors on later autumn.
As I told I had taken a lot of details. This chain is actually a chain of a tractor wheel. The wheels are covered with iron chains to drive on a slippery road and ground. Anyway the chain can be taken where ever. The chain has a shadow which is the same item but it is turn to black and is situated to another back side layer. The ground layer is a color glide and the upper layer is made with pattern.
This world is very visual. We are more and more targets of visual messages. Marketing consists in visual commercials. This is an informal part of learning photographic process. I don’t do this often but for me it is a way of learning something new by looking commercials. How they are made? What kind of colors they use? What kind of effect they have? If it is something very impressing I will try to create similar.
For those who are interested in photos and processing them there is made a lot of books and web sites. You may search free programs and tutorials from internet if you just get addicted with it. This is a good hobby and takes all of your extra free time.
posted on Monday, 15 June 2009 | comment on this post
Youth work, misery dreams and relaxing
This blog is divided in three parts. The first will describe shortly youth activities in Barents, the second part will be for the itchy feet and the third to relax and recovering.
The work at association is exiting, varying, demanding, life style and a part of your identity. Youth work was the main service at that association working past 16 years. It offered some pearls and one, which let me forever lasting impact, was participation to Barents Regional youth work. It began from Oulu conference in 2000 continued in Tromso 2002 and in Haparanda on a course of youth workers. The main idea is to promote cross-over borders co-operation among youth. Borders aren’t for youth and it has been long traditions to go over borders as a pass free among Nordic countries. I am not actively involved in youth work anymore and I was really happy to notice that the process is going on. Bryc have had a conference in Arghangelsk and they have established a counseling office.
I think that nearly every of us have a dream place where to yearn and hunger for adventure. The longer away from home the better. It is expected to be very difficult to achieve and going there is heroic and worth of sacrifices. For one it is climbing up mountains, look eye to eye with crocodiles or stand beside of volcano driver. For me it is travel to Arghangelsk in North-west Russia. I think it was in 1982 when I wrote a short fairy tale and its characters were escaping to Arghangelsk. Why? I don’t know, maybe therefore that I did not know anything about that place. My knowledge from Arghangelsk has increased a bit by having contact with some students from Arghangelsk University and looking Google Earth and seeing a video. As a travelling destination Arghangelsk has a lot of seeing and hopefully they will value their city and culture. It should not be destroyed but carefully restore and conserve the old buildings and villages. If you have really itchy feet you may look for yourself to see is this place really worth of dreaming and waiting for a suitable time to travel.
SOUTH KOLA - A travel guide to the southern part of Murmansk oblast
Being active, motivated and keen on many things asks a lot of energy, ability to concentrate and organize things. To do it after weeks, months and years it needs ability to relax and recover energy again. We have very different kind of ways to do it. One way is listening music and let your thoughts go on. Lie on the floor. Let your muscles relax like go under floor. Your skin on your faces flows on your ears and neck. Open Rinneradio and close your eyes. Just listen.
More about Rinneradio.
See you on next week after Mid Night Sun festival
posted on Wednesday, 17 June 2009 | comment on this post
This post will be short. I have been busy and time for processing blog has been overtaken.
(1st thing: ) I have done a lot of works for pedagogic studies. I have to do as much as possible before
(2nd thing:) having work again. I will start work 1st of Juli at The real estate association of Lappland.
(3rd thing:) I have a summer flue. It makes me tired.
I liked Jim’s idea to tell his misery place for travelling. I would like to hear commentator’s dreams also .
posted on Wednesday, 24 June 2009 | comment on this post
Informal learning and reflecting
This is a bit funny thing for me when I do my studies in pedagogic sciences and write this blog. The studies are mostly concentrated to the adult education. It can be divided to three parts: formal, non-formal and informal learning. Formal learning is the educational learning at institutes, universities and other official structures which admit a degree. Non-formal learning happens at organized situations according some kind of leading and it is possible to have a document or a certificate of learning and participating but it is not a degree. F. ex. associations and sport clubs have such kind of courses which are useful and is related to their values and purposes. Informal learning happens nearly all the time and it is called everyday-learning. It has as many aspects as the human life has. It happens at work, home, hobbies, shops, banks, busses, schools and in internet. It can be coincidental learning and it means that there is no plan and it happens and usually through the error it is possible to realize that now they will teach me. It is very experimental way of learning as you see.
What is funny? When I have read these theories and try to apply them to practice I realize that actually I (and you) am doing it here. This way of learning English is a good example of everyday-learning. We use modern elements, internet and programs, and its form social media to be in contact to people around the world and learn not only to use the tool, the language, but also our lives, societies, countries and ourselves. And now I will come to the most interesting part. To make that all conscious it has to reflect. Reflecting has many meanings and it depends on the way of approaching the experiment. One way might be looking backwards, asking yourself what it was then what it is now, make unclear things clearer, give names to steps or to parts of the process on so on.
Learning has fascinated me time to time and it was 2002 when I took this photo. It is named “Reflection”. It tells my understanding of reflection seven years ago. It is like looking forward to window and there you see what is behind. To make shivery picture clear you have to reflect what you have actually behind.
So this is fascinating way of learning and big question is how this way of learning will be indicated to formal learning?
posted on Thursday, 25 June 2009 | comment on this post
From BBC Learning English
It's time to wave goodbye to Taru and say hello to our July's blogger. She is Jiae and she comes from South Korea. Welcome Jiae and enjoy blogging!
BBC Learning English team
posted on Tuesday, 30 June 2009 | comment on this post
Thank all of you for your interest and support to write this blog. It has been very interesting to read your feedback on my writings.
My days will go further with new challanges and I think that I will be here from time to time.
posted on Tuesday, 30 June 2009 | comment on this post