Week 8: Turku & Tampere, Finland

Week 8: Turku & Tampere, Finland

Turku

Hello everyone! This weeks post is short and sweet as over the week this I mostly focused on schoolwork and not much else. For my Customer Experience Management course our task was to create a customer experience idea for a company. For our company we choose MAC and our experience innovation was a makeup application, which allows buyers test MAC cosmetics products on before purchasing them. We still need to create a presentation and then write a report to discuss the technical mechanisms of our idea. In my Gender & Diversity course we have been discussing the concept of “doing” gender and how we generalize people as male or female based on physical characteristics. I learned that it is almost impossible to not “do” gender because we are exposed to the idea from the time we can remember and are reinforced with these ideas as we grow, observe differences between people, and how people treat us. This course really brings up some relevant issues that should be addressed today.

Moving on, over the weekend I took a quick road trip to Turku for the day! I visited the market square where I ate at a vegetarian restaurant called Roots Kitchen. They served a delicious plate of Greek style food with some salad and for dessert some strawberry chocolate cake with a cup of coffee. Afterwards, we walked through the city for a bit and then visited Turku Castle where we luckily witnessed an on-going wedding! Then we visited some local galleries and drove through various neighborhoods. We ended our shot journey walking along a frozen beach and having Indian food for dinner 🙂

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Tampere

The following week was filled with more group work for our presentations so, to relax over the weekend we took advantage of the beautiful weather and went to Tampere for the day. It was a chill day, we first visited the Moominvalley which the Moomin Valley Museum featuring over a hundred illustrations by Tove Jansson. It was nice to visit for an hour since only a floor big. I liked how you would walk through the room and while viewing each piece of artwork you could read the story behind the work. Each piece was intertwined with the next telling a wonderful story.

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Afterwards, we visited the observation tower, Pyynikin Nakotorinin Kahvila. We had some of their famous donuts and coffee before going up to check out the view. Unfortunately, it was a bit cloudy so we could not see as much as we expected. Regardless, the trip up was still fun! Then we drove around the neighborhoods to check out the architecture and then followed up with a drink at the Solo Sokos Torni rooftop bar. The view from the bar of the main city was incredible! (Pictured below).
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Solo Sokos Torni

We spent the rest of the day playing on a children’s played and then having pizza at one the most joints in the city! Pizzeria Napoli, they take no reservations and the wait was well over an hour! But, definitely worth the wait! I got the Rhea special, olives, jalapeños, pineapple, and blue cheese! Such yummy pizza 🙂

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