Andrew’s Finnish Adventure Blog 2

CHASE Helsinki Update:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd week into work, the clarion is an amazing hotel with so much to offer and the view from the sky room is astonishing; looking out over the city of Helsinki- and such great fun too. Also, the team are very enthusiastic and passionate too.

 

Day off work meant day trip to Suomenlinna for some cultural learning, an island just a 10 minute boat ride from Helsinki harbour, which is a wonderful and historical place full of character and interesting sights, including an 18th century fort plus the Finnish naval academy -which still uses part of the island to this day.

Last weeks in Glasgow. First days in Aberdeen.

Hello from Aberdeen! I arrived in Aberdeen yesterday and I fall in love with this city immediately! But before telling about Aberdeen, I would like to describe my last weeks in Glasgow. I have visited some parks. One of them was Queen’s Park. I can say that it’s very powerful place and of course, very magnificent. I took some amazing photos at that park :     Another place that I have visited is Glasgow Green. I am so happy that I have been to that place in my last days in Glasgow because Glasgow Green absolutely worth it and you can’t miss it! I was walking in Glasgow Green when I suddenly smelled the barley. It wasn’t just chance or an accident. Not far from Glasgow Green there is Strathclyde Distillery. This distillery produces grain whisky. The distillery doesn’t look like other distilleries that I have been to. It’s got a more industrial look.   Afterwards, I decided to go to the people’s palace and winter gardens. In front of this museum, there is a Terracotta fountain that depicts Britain’s four colonies : Australia, Canada, India and South Africa.  I found out a lot of interesting information while visiting people’s palace. For example, the last execution took place in 1960 in Glasgow and was seen only by few people.  Or the fact that alcohol lowers the body temperature and should be avoided in very cold weather, but many people don’t know about that and take a drink to ‘warm them inside’. I can say that I spent incredible time in Glasgow and from now on, I have such a great memories to keep!
It was very nice to live in Glasgow, but now I have an opportunity to explore Aberdeen. The main difference between Glasgow and Aberdeen is architecture. All the building are made of granite in Aberdeen. The other huge difference is that there is a sea in Aberdeen. As for me, it’s a great advantage! One more thing is that in Glasgow I relaxed and did a lot of different excursions, but I will get my work experience in Aberdeen. I am looking forward to my first work day and I am very excited about it! I know that my first shift will be in a bar so I can share my knowledge about whisky 🙂

That’s all for now,
xoxo Stephanie

Andrews Finnish/Estonian Adventure.

Hey I’m Andrew and I’m from south Wales. I was living in Perth Scotland working in a hotel and then came about me going from Perth, Scotland to Helsinki, Finland chase project underway and I’m getting to put my hospitality experience and knowledge to the test in a fantastic cultural city which I’ve never had the pleasure of visiting before;  5 months of learning and working but doing what I love and getting too learn about a totally new place and culture is an opportunity which I couldn’t pass up on. I can’t thank light in the Path enough for this, because if hospitality is for you and you’re always willing to learn then this is a must as there is no destination, is just one long journey which will always be exciting and always interesting.

 

 

 

 

 

Cultural learning trip today to Tallinn, capital of Estonia. Absolutely beautiful city and the traditional aspect and loving of the city still remains in certain areas. We had the pleasure of visiting these areas as well as the old town, which was the ending of the day after we had finished off visiting local shops and mingling with the locals taking in the language. The welcome which they provided means Tallinn is now very much a hot spot on my visiting list in the near future and I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in culture to come here, as it’s similar to Helsinki also and only a 2.5 hour ferry journey away.

 

 

 

Week 3&4 in Scotland

 Hello there! My week 3&4 in Scotland was the best time time ever! I have visited Loch Ness, Inverness and The Highlands! It was very impressive! During that trip to the Highlands I have visited Culloden Battlefield and even Craigh na Dun. If you know TV series called Outlander, it is that place from which Claire traveled back to the past. I stayed at night in Inverness. I like that city a lot because it’s very calm and incredible at the same time. It’s the best place to relax from chaos.

I tried haggis, neeps & tatties there for the first time and I think it was the best haggis ever because the consistency of neeps & tatties was very creamy.

I have visited Newtonmore Highland Folk museum where some parts of Outlander were filmed. Afterwards, I have visited my first whisky distillery. Blair Athol Distillery. I think it’s the most beautiful distillery ever. This distillery distills Blair Athol single malt whisky. It is used in Bell’s whisky. I have visited Auchentoshan distillery as well and it helped me a lot to pass the Whisky Ambassador exam.

I went around the city called Stirling. I have seen Wallace Monument and I even went upstairs to have an overlook of that brilliant city. It was very scary and windy upstairs but it worth it. On the 10th of October, I went to Edinburgh. The most impressive part of my trip there was the National Art Gallery. I was very inspired by that visit.  It is my favourite painting from now.

In fact, I have visited a lot of other places and each of them left it’s imprint in my soul. I am feeling a lot of energy because of that trips and it makes me feel very happy! Each day is very productive up here in Scotland and it’s amazing!

I am looking forward to my visit my placement in Aberdeen where I will do my internship! I hope I will manage very well.

That’s all for today. See you soon! Enjoy your life 😉

xoxo Stephanie

Glasgow is amazing .

The last week was rich in whisky, us have  makes a road-trip of two days at the beginning of the week in highlands really very interesting discover Loch Ness it is surrounding and the very beautiful city of inverness .We also have to visit two distillery ( Auchentoshan & Blair athol ) and to cross the whisky ambassador which is a diploma which guarantees that we know Scotch whisky of which we all made a success successfully thus very well.

This week was great I have to visit the beautiful cathedral of Glasgow as well as necropolis, the next day we are to go has Edinburgh which is really impressive and to charge in history. The park of grangemouth summons us to go to visit with the big hoses head it was really massive

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I’m now a whisky ambassador!

Last week was amazing! We went to the highlands, loch ness, 2 different whisky Destillerys( Blair Athol and auchentoshan). But the thing I’m most proud of is that I passed the Whisky ambassador test. To become a whisky ambassador you have to take a course that’s six hours long and do a test with 30 questions and 4 whisky blind test and place the right whisky with the right flavour/smell. Since Whisky is my favourite spirit its nice to have something to show that you know what you are talking about.

Hey am garry

hey am garry really looking forward to going to teneriife, learning spanish, learning about new cultures and gaining new experiences hopefully gaining new skills that i can put forward into attracting employers in the hospitality industry. I try to keep fit by going to the gym and i love a good game of football I also am in to wildlife and and enjoy other sports that can keep you fit. I am keen to learn new skills and be able to cook a wide variety of wide food ranges.

Second week in Glasgow

September 25:

We visited the art gallery and museum of kelvingrove it was very interesting but really too big if you want to visit him take you 3 hours of time to see more but he is Very well and he tells of all the history of shell and more still.

September 26 :

We visited university of Glasgow which is really gigantesque it is impressive we would say poudlard, building of period ” 1451 ” really nice to see. Later we visited a house to realize by Charles Rennie Mackintosh who has a very futuristic style for his time and been looked after well.

September 27 :

We visited Glasgow science center it is really nice to make with many activities manual and physical rather playful it is a nice place.

September 28 :

We visited the reversiez museum it is really good one place for what what is like representation in the old of the car and the trains or the street.

september 29 :

today we visited the lighthouse it was not very interesting for me but he have a great views on the last floors . An now we going to make cooking course .

Glasgow is amazing!

Already two weeks in to my journey and I can already tell you that Glasgow is Amazing! So much to see and do, all the different museum (they are free!), the night life, so many restaurants.

My favourite thing we did this week was when we went to the Riverside museum, old cars was a big part of my childhood so the Riverside museum was like a throwback to my childhood with all the old cars.

I also went back to the whisky shop and tasted some more whisky, it ended with me buying a bottle BenRiach 10 years.

I can’t wait until Monday when me and the other Chase students will go on a trip to Loch Ness, Inverness and the Highlands. We will also visit a whisky Destillery but I will write more about it next week!

We did so much this week so I think it’s better that I adds pictures instead, as they say A picture says more than a thousand words!

First picture: Glasgow university

Second picture: Riverside museum

Third picture: Whisky tasting

Forth picture: Glasgow science center

Fifth picture: The lighthouse

Travel in Scotland by a little French

I’m Simon Stephan I study at saint Quentin’s hotel high school in Yvelines near Paris, I wanted to leave abroad and particularly in an Anglo-Saxon country to get better at English. My objective is to be billaingue to obtain my exam and be able to speak to various people that comes from various country.

My first impressions of Scotland particularly Glasgow was very good the population of Glasgow is very welcoming and very nice with a very fun style and fun place like the PUB  and the architecture and the different places very impressive it changes France it’s another culture and And it is really interesting.  One can feel a celt culture the same that we can find in Brittany very protector and proud of that culture and of its history, shelled them are very enthusiastic when you ask a question of telling to you the various stories of their country, and it’s fascinating to see the pleasure that he  have in tell their various traditions or other one you be directly to dive into the environment.  PS:” The Scottish accent is not myth but if you to ask them to make an effort they will make it with a great pleasure and it pleased to see “. He have lot of restaurant and pub it was  very impressing . The restaurant proposes them a lot of choice that can frighten someone but it is not really bad it is even good or would find All for you  because there is for everything the tastes. Scottish pub is really awesome and impressive I had never seen that previously and I from Brittany I’ve seen an impressive number of bar but  believe a lot of  choice in as well in beers as in whisky or in gin it is really at the top the atmosphere was terrible and it’s really nice nothing has to say above that . I really recommand  them to you if you like share with every person . The Scottish have a culture really various but if I can recommand a monument in Glasgow to do visit in first the city the george square because is impressive and beautiful and i really  like this visit . After he have a lot of monuments you can make your  choice . This destination is really to be beneficial for me if I goes out bilingual to become integrated into other country and simply to diversify my culture general and I think that it is really important. Glasgow is a very beautiful city and very rich as much in the population as in the culture I’m recommand it to you strongly.