Winter in Lappeenranta
Kirjoittanut Zheng Zhang Luotu 29.03.2016
Hello everybody, my name is Zheng Zhang from China. Now I am full-degree student at the Lappeenranta University of Technology studying Global Management of Innovation and Technology from 2015 to 2017. My first visit to Lappeenranta was in 2014 at LUT Summer School for one month, when I totally fell in love with this one of the most beautiful and peaceful cities I have ever seen.
In 2015 I spent my first winter in Finland, which gave me a totally new concept about winter. Before I came to Lappeenranta, I asked to myself what is winter? The answer may be minus degrees, freezing wind, bald trees, boring daytime and polluted sky. But after I arrived in the Finland to study and live in Lappeenranta, everything about winter in my mind has changed from second to second, from day to day, from night to night.
In terms of my private life, I am really a fan of fitness training. Usually I do body training and jog about 8-10 kilometers daily. In my country, I always did in the gym of the playground during the winter because of the weather and air. However when I am in Lappeenranta, I start to run along the Saimaa Lake or on the main street to the city center from my apartment. Gradually I found that the jogging time is the best time for me to access and enjoy the nature of Lappeenranta just like hugging an infant in my arms and I can feel its laugh, breath and even whisper to me clearly and vividly at all the time.
When the winter was coming, my friends around me were so surprised that I still insisted to jog everyday. But the truth is that the winter maybe the best time for me to run and train. Everything is white and so bright, which give me a pure and beautiful view to relax and help to throw all my sadness and mitigate anxiety and distress. Because of the snow, the road felt soft and comfort for my feet to move just like the buffer under my shoes. Landscape passing through me was like the continuous paintings drawn by the hand of god, sometimes I even imaged I was running in the nature museum. In particular, the air in the winter is so clean and fresh to help me chill out and also extremely healthy for my body.
In my social life, I really enjoy the time with my extraordinary and wonderful friends. The university provides me the excellent platform to meet people all around the world. We study together, live together and play together all the time. For me the Lappeenranta is not just a city, but also a small size world where I can make friends from every corner of the earth. Although the winter is cold, we still have plenty of activities everyday indoors and outdoors. Delicious food, beers, party, dancing, hugging, smiling and cheering consist of my whole colorful life in Lappeenranta.
The sweetest memory is the night when we saw the aurora borealis near the Saimaa Lake. That is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen and at that time, I totally fall in love with the winter of Lappeenranta. At that unforgettable night, we laughed, we made wishes together, we drunk beer and toast for our unknown and mysterious future career. There are no words can describe how lovely and splendid it was.
The most interesting thing in winter should be the ice fishing. Under the warm sunshine, we were walking on the Saimaa Lake, chatting with local Finnish and friends and enjoying the incredible winter weather, which taught me what is the essence of life. When we reached at the center of lake, local Finnish taught me how to use the screwing stick to drill the hole on surface the frozen lake. The most critical thing to catch the fish is how to make the bait and how to control the fishing stick. After fishing, we made the fire camp on the small and peaceful island to barbecue and cook the fresh and delicious fish. The feel of ice fishing was really cool and unique.
After my first winter in Lappeenranta, I ask the same question to myself again, what is the winter? The things popping up in my mind are the colorful polar light, the beautiful landscape, the incredible ice fishing, the friends and the friendly local people.