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Thursday, February 4th, 2010

My time in Finland has passed far too quickly, but it was a great experience that I wouldn’t want to miss.

Besides getting to know heaps of students from half the world I also managed to learn a little bit of Finnish. I’m not sure if I will ever need

again, but who knows, after all almost one in thousand people worldwide speaks finnsih. [stunning number yeah] I got to know the Finns as a very nice people that may seem a little reserved at first, but when you managed to get to know them a little they are much more welcoming than some of the mediterranean folks. But of course the Finns also had some irritating customs. These included not really putting spice in their food, lighting hundreds of kilometres of streets through Nowhere and heating the pedestrian precinct. Maybe Finland could use some inspiration from southern europe for their cuisine ;)

I also had a few interesting courses in Finland that ranged from data compression to machine learning, it’s not unlikely that I’ll do one of my theses in on of these fields. But I have yet to decide about those…

And now a few more pictures from Finland: