Saturday, 14 June 2014

Pärnu and Tallinn, Estonia, 27.-29.5.2013

Day 1

Right. So, the morning after returning from Brighton, I was off to Estonia with my favourite class of all time, 9E of 2013. I was so happy that they wanted me to go with them, and I wish the rest of them had come with us, too, so that the whole class could've been together (I think almost five people didn't come on the trip).

Anyway, we met up in front of the school really early in the morning (considering we'd just arrived from England the night before and had time to sleep for a couple of hours). We caught a taxi from Julcsi's place to the school and Tia came with us as well as otherwise she'd have had to walk with a huge backpack. Anyway, some of the students were already there and eventually we took off with our bus. We'd first catch a ferry to Tallinn and then our bus would take us to Pärnu, which is this beautiful seaside town in southwestern Estonia.

On our first day, we didn't really have anything much planned so we mainly just got our rooms and then had a walk on the beach to see where it was and what it was like.

Day 2

On our second day, we had some activities planned. First of all, we had a guided bus tour of the town. The guide was really good and I loved listening to what she had to say about Pärnu! Pärnu is insanely beautiful, I had no idea we had such a paradise so close to us! It's this small, idyllic town filled with romantic wooden houses and the smell of sea salt floating in the air. Heaven!

Our guide.

Next up was Valgeranna seikluspark, which is this adventure park where you climb up the trees and stuff...I never knew that I could NOT like something that much. Once I was strapped on, I quickly realised that this was something I REALLY didn't want to do. It just felt like something completely not like me, which is when I decided to quickly get rid of the equipment and join the non-climbing students. Phew, never again! I enjoy reading and writing and singing, NOT extreme sports. Seriously. Urgh. NO. The students who did do the different trails up in the trees did seem to have fun, as well as Tuomas (one of the teachers travelling with us) and Julcsi, so I guess it was worth it. I'd have preferred the spa, though...

The compulsory "we hate adventure parks" picture, heh.

Students up the trees!

The place was by the sea, though, which was nice.

After the adventure park, we went back to the hotel and then for a walk around the town to see some places more closely.

We'd agreed to go and have a barbeque on the beach in the evening. We had all the barbeque things in the bus and only the driver had the key...and the driver had gone out to party :D. Hehe...I called him a couple of times and at first he said that he was somewhere close and was coming, and about an hour later I called him again and he told me he was lost :D. Eventually he appeared, though, and we got the food from the bus. The barbeque evening was so much fun! The students put the grills together and I was pretty impressed as I'm way too impractical to be able to do anything like that! We then had a fun night of eating all sorts of things together and just laughing and having a good time.

Day 3

We drove back to Tallinn, where we had a breakfast scheduled at a hotel close to the harbour. We ate SO MUCH during this trip anyway as we had everything prepaid. This breakfast, though, was sort of completely pointless as we had to wait for our turn (as we'd been booked for a specific time) even if it was a buffet type thing and there weren't that many people there at all. Also, one of the students wasn't feeling well and so Tuomas went to a shopping mall with the rest of the class while Julcsi and I took care of the poorly student and made sure she was okay. When she felt better, we went to the Old Town of Tallinn to have a look around, which was nice. Julcsi gave the student a guided tour of some places and it was nice. Eventually we met up with the rest of the class in the harbour and caught our ferry back to Helsinki. It was a nice trip, could've been longer, though!

Next up, Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore...

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Brighton, England + London, 19.-26.5.2013, Days 7-8

Day 7

We somehow managed to drag ourselves to London. Tia was feeling really bad in the morning and was actually considering staying in Brighton, but in the end she was too freaked out by Bryan and just didn't want to stay at his place on her own. So, at the railway station, we informed the students about the situation and told them that they'd pretty much have to come up with stuff to do for themselves in London as we weren't feeling well enough to guide townwalks or anything else.

We had tickets to Madame Tussauds so after arriving in London, we headed to Baker Street. The place was packed and it wasn't a particularly enjoyable experience. Tia and I felt so bad that we practially just ran through the exhibitions of wax models and waited for the students outside.

Afterwards, we went to Piccadilly Circus and agreed on a meeting point there later on. Then we took a bunch of kids to Big Ben, left them there and went our separate ways. I went to see Julcsi's cousin Edina to bring her some stuff from Finland and Tia went to check out some sports clothing. After meeting Edina, I ended up sitting on some stairs and just feeling really bad. Eventually, Tia and I decided to meet up again and go to Pizza Hut, but we didn't really manage to eat anything and I spent maybe something like 30 minutes puking in the toilet. It was horrible! In the afternoon, we managed to gather the whole group together again and catch our train back to Brighton. We pretty much went straight to bed after arriving at Bryan's. Oh, and one more thing about Bryan. He had told us that he wouldn't go into our room during our stay. As we were feeling really bad, we decided to leave our lunch for the day in our room. When we returned, Bryan informed us that he had found our lunch packs in the room and seemed to be pissed off about us not eating what he'd prepared for us. So much for trusting him to leave our room alone...

Day 8

We were so relieved to be going home! We got up in the morning and just stayed in the room pretty much until it was time to go at around noon or so. We just didn't want to talk to Bryan anymore...Eventually we had to come out, though, and Bryan took us to his backyard to show us what he had there. He'd built some sort of tiny cottage type something there and it was really nice, just not with him. Eventually, he took us to our meeting point where the kids group by group arrived as well. The creepiest thing he said to us before our bus left was "I didn't try to poison you." YEAH RIGHT. It was SO good to go home!! At the airport, Tia and I bought sweets for all the students so they had something to snack on on the plane. Our bus back to Hämeenlinna was waiting for us at the airport once we'd landed, and we arrived at the school in the middle of the night. Tia and I then went to Julcsi's for the night, and the following morning, Julcsi and I would already be going on another class excursion with another class :D.

Hiding in our room...

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Brighton, England + London, 19.-26.5.2013, Days 5-6

Day 5

Thursday was a truly defining day for our trip. The kids just wouldn't behave at all, too many of them were really late for school, didn't pay attention during the lessons and we could see that Lovely didn't think things were that lovely anymore. So, after the school day, we gathered the kids together and basically what happened was that I had a 30-minute session where I, ermh, expressed my opinions on their behaviour. Let's say that I wasn't very nice during those 30 minutes. The end result of this session, though, was pretty much priceless. We all agreed to take the bus to the supposedly nearby village of Shoreham. We conquered the top floor of the double-decker there and ended up having the best time ever! Seriously, that bus ride was the best thing that could have happened to us as a group! We had so much fun, we shared secrets and laughed at stuff. When we eventually got to Shoreham, it was raining and we decided to go to Subway to eat. Afterwards, we decided not to do anything at all in Shoreham and instead, took the bus back and continued our fun talks. Once the kids had got off the bus and gone their separate ways, Tia and I continued with two of our girls to see where they lived and ended up in a really beautiful place with more gorgeous views.

The kids invited us to join them on the beach that evening, so we went there and it was fun fun fun! We really bonded with them and had a really great time! We took "I'm the king of the world, wooohoooo" pictures in the style of Titanic, and Julius from my class was being a true gentleman, helping me climb a tiny rock...awwww, it was really cute! Then we walked to a McDonald's together and ate there before going back home.

From Bryan's street.

Beautiful views over the ocean!

The Pier, aaaaaah!

Some of us :)!

"I'm flying!!!"
Day 6

On Friday, the kids had their last school day and we all went to have a full English breakfast, Lovely included. In the evening, we went bowling together, which was a lot of fun! Could've done that for much longer! Too bad we only had money for a one-hour session. Anyway, I'm still sort of glad we only had that one hour for bowling as Friday was the day when things REALLY started going wrong for Tia and I healthwise. I already started puking at the bowling place and thought I had a stomach bug. However, that night, Tia felt possibly even worse than I did as she actually passed out in the bathroom, crawled back into our bedroom and was really sick and freaked out. We then created all sorts of horror scenarios of Bryan having poisoned us for not spending time with him anymore after he'd come out as a specific kind of driver. We had had dinner with Bryan before going bowling and we both thought it might have been that specific dinner that got us feeling really poorly - either that or the breakfast. None of the kids got sick, though, even though they had the same breakfast as us and even though we were touching the same bowling balls at the bowling alley, which supports the theory of Bryan having poisoned us even further. Who knows what happened but this went on for TWO WEEKS for us both, so it can't be normal. Anyway, we weren't happy at the thought of having to spend the following day in London as that's what we had coming first thing in the morning.

This is how we all started the morning...but once again, since the kids didn't get sick, I'm suspecting this wasn't the cause for Tia and I not feeling well.


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