Holiday in Hanko & Helsinki

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Hi! I've been spending the holiday with my family in Hanko. I arrived to Finland on the 18th and before Christmas I shortly visited my friends in Helsinki and had a great time with them. Today I'm going back there to celebrate the new year.

It's been good to be back in Finland but I can't wait to be back at school. I still have lots of homework to do but I'm not stressing about anything at the moment. Hanko is such a quiet and peaceful place and Helsinki isn't too much of a fuss either compared to London.

Tonight I'm going to focus on celebrating life with my friends by meeting new people and just having fun. A lot happened this year but I will do a recap later.

Hope you all have lots of fun tonight and take care of each other!

 Till next year!

Random stuff

Today was such a beautiful day. Photo by my lovely friend Nancy

Today was such a beautiful day. Photo by my lovely friend Nancy

Greetings from London!

I've been so busy with school lately but I love what I'm doing here. I'm learning so much every day. A lot has happened during my time here, so I decided to make a random list of stuff rather than open up anything specific in a great detail.

This fall...

...I've met punch of wonderful and talented people who I'm lucky to share my journey with. Everyone has such an interesting and different backgrounds which made me realize that I didn't know too much about British culture after all.

...I've been taught by amazing teachers. I just love all of them! They see every student as an individual and they really care, which makes me feel so good. They and my fellow students make it easier to freely explore, fail and then eventually succeed.

...I haven't had a lot of time off but I have had some time to focus on other stuff than school every now and then. Weekends are good for that.

...I've studied Stanislavski and Meisner acting methods, Greek theatre, Commedia dell'arte, Elizabethan era, Restoration era, dance, voice, singing, Laban, Alexander technique and contemporary text (analysis and project). The second block of my studies just started two weeks ago and I'm now doing scene study, yoga, animal studies in movement, exploring some playwriting and acting on camera, focusing deeper on Shakespeare and also working on a Realist project. So, punch of fascinating stuff.

...I've seen some wonderful shows here but not too many yet. When I get off to the Christmas break I will have some free-time here before I travel to see my family, and I already know that I will see this one amazing musical on the West End... (can't wait) I will get back to you about that later!

...I've written lots of good lyrics and I'm so excited to sit down with them and work on some new music. I thought that last spring and summer were the times of an emotional rollercoaster ride but I'm still very much on that ride and it's going pretty fast. It's been quite of a year.

...I've eaten so many chocolate croissants and pain au chocolates but luckily there are even more steps of stairs at my school.

...I've found that I'm actually quite of "a mover". I've been given such a great feedback on my movement and I've been able do so many things which I didn't know I could be good at and I'm very excited about that. This is something I definitely want to keep on developing.

...I've realized that life in London is very fast. Everyone has things to do and somewhere to be. The city life is quite hectic. Gladly there have been moments when time has briefly stopped like when I've lost myself in a story of a good movie or eaten something overwhelmingly good, listened one of my old favorite songs or when I walked in a cold rain in the middle of the night with someone I really like.

...the weather has been surprisingly great. I didn't expect that there would be such a beautiful and colourful fall in London. In Finland, the weather seems to get awful very quickly during the fall months. I've had so many sweater weather days here which I have really enjoyed.

...I've definitely been asking lots of questions from myself lately and I'm moulding the idea of the kind artist which I am and want to be. Music and acting are my life.

...the last round of auditions for West End's Matilda were held at our school at the same time when we had classes on one Saturday. I felt excited for those little girls.

...I got an amazing opportunity to go see a special viewing of the Murder on the Orient Express at the UK opening night on the 3rd of October and we had a Q&A with Sir Kenneth Branagh.

...I've started to get use to the idea of living in London and that this is my life now. I'm very excited to go home to Finland for Christmas though. Finnish Christmas food is so good and I really miss spending time with my family.

All these random things are just a small taste of what I've been experiencing here in London. I strongly feel that this is where I am supposed to be right now and let's see where all this will take me in the future.

Kisses!

I live in London now

Last weeks Friday & lunch break at a park. Photo by my class mate Zachary Green

Last weeks Friday & lunch break at a park. Photo by my class mate Zachary Green

Hello from London!

I've now been here almost three weeks but it feels so much longer. A lot has happened in this time and I have met so many new people and already learned a punch of stuff. Two weeks ago I moved into my own tiny place, which is in a student house. 

I have spent my time here mainly studying. Days are long and full but I feel so lucky to be able to learn in such a good environment. 

 

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School started with an induction which took couple of days and on the first Friday all the new students were traditionally given a fun task which I won't go much more in detail with because I don't want to spoil it for any of the future students.

By the end of the day all the students of the school gathered to a studio where all the different courses were introduced. The school is a quite small community and I was surprised how we all fit in that one studio.

As I am an acting foundation student, it was fun to meet people from different courses from different years. After the day was done the whole school went out for drinks. I loved how we had a chance to chat with everyone before the actual classes started. So when I pump into people, for example a second year BA student during lunch, I already feel like I know them a little bit. Everyone I have talked to have such interesting stories of how they have found their way to study at RADA.

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I am now done with my first two to full weeks of studying. I have been quite tired but I have also had time to relax with my school mates. It's fun to explore this culture and hang out in pubs.

I feel like I haven't quite settled down in London yet since I still have to find some basic stuff for my home but I'm taking it easy. 

Kisses!