I've spent the last few days doing mostly three things: substituting, watching Asian shows and cooking. The substituting has been a lot of fun so far, and the good news is that I still have a couple of more days left of doing it. Now the 'watching Asian shows' I might have to explain. I've probably mentioned here on the blog at some point that I have occasionally in the past watched Korean dramas. This summer i also watched 'Good Morning Call' which is a Netflix original based on a manga series, and the second season recently came out so I've been watching those episodes as well.
But a few days ago I read an article about three Finnish men who became TV-sensations in South Korea recently, when they appeared on a show called 'Welcome First Time in Korea". The premise of the show is that a foreigner living in Korea invites their friends over for a couple of days, they film everything they do and then there's a panel that comments on the cultural differences or the reactions of the visitors. I looked up the show and somebody had posted videos of all the Finland episodes with English subtitles, so I ended up watching all of them. Apparently people all over South Korea fell in love with the calm and respectful Finnish men, and I must agree that they gave a very positive image of Finland in the show. If you're interested in seeing what I'm talking about, you can find the episodes here!
|The three guys from the Korean show: Sami, Vilppu and Ville|
One of my goals for January was to not only try to cook a lot of different dishes at home, but also try some new recipes. So inspired by Asian cooking (oh man I got so hungry watching the Korean series, I felt like all they did was eat food which looked delicious), I attempted making Korean chicken. It wasn't obviously like the real deal (and I haven't actually been to Korea, I've just had the dish in England and it was soo yummy) and I don't have a deep fryer but I think it turned out pretty good anyways! And obviously I forgot to take a picture of it, by the time I was ready cooking yesterday, I was so hungry I just went ahead and ate straight away!
Here are instead other things I've been enjoying eating, like natural yogurt with honey and müsli, and homemade sweet potato soup! (and coffee, lots and lots of coffee)
It seems as if winter has made a comeback in Turku after a pretty warm Christmas in December. I haven't had to go outside today since I had a day off, and I spent most of the afternoon prepping for the lectures I'm substituting in. I do however have to print out some stuff, so I think what I'll do is that I'll walk to the University and do that. Sometimes is actually really refreshing to go out and have a walk in the subzero weather, and afterwards, you definitely have an excuse to just curl up in a blanket for the rest of the day!
Another psostive is that it's gradually becoming lighter and lighter in the evenings. This picture was taken right before 5 o'clock yesterday - one month ago it would have looked the same a couple of hours earlier!