keskiviikko 28. joulukuuta 2011

Serbia symposium - part I

Hei kaikki! Home again, reissu oli menestys, juuri niin kuin toivoinkin :) 

Hello everyone! The trip was a success, just as I wished :) 

- Mitäs tykkäisitte, jos postaisin välillä jotain englanniksi? En todellakaan tiedä, lukeeko tätä kukaan non-finski, mut jos ei muuten, niin huvin vuoksi ;) 

What would you like if I posted here and then someting in english? I really don't know if anyone non-finnish reads my blog, but I'll do it anyway just for fun ;) 

And I really think I have forgotten to change my language-CD, I am about to speak english in the shop, drugstore, bus etc and keep forgetting, that I'm back home already... 

But ok, stop needless chatting and let's get to the point. This is, what all was about: 

Our trip began at an inhumane time - at 5 a.m. I had the luxury to be picked up right from the frontdoor by my friends T and L, so I didn't need to adventure by bus. It was a long flight, because we had to change in Munich, but no more about that. 

The compulsory peeking-out-of-the-airplanes-window -picture: 

And there it is! The first glimpse of our host city: 

May I introduce - tiddidii - Belgrade

 It was stunning. Different than any city I have visited before, I just can't describe it :) 

In some parts there was a strange contrast between old and modern. 

While driving from the airport to our hostel I just looked out of the window and enjoyed the fleeting landscapes.

It was way warmer in Belgrade than I expected allthough all our serbian friends strongly disagreed ;) 

It was quite late when everyone in the hostel had met each other and finally had unpackened their stuff, so there wasn't much program sceduled for the evening, whitch was completely okat with me. I was exhausted, not at least because I had been packing the day before until 1 a.m. or so :P We just went out for a couple to socialize with the others, the ca. 80 participants were in fact divided into three different hostels. 

The following day we went to the faculty for the welcoming ceremony, some speeches and the introduction of the faculty. 

We listened to some lectures too, for example ingenious indigenous sorry, never heard that word before (=kotoperäinen) dogs in Serbia, diagnosis of neurological diseases in cattle and street dogs. Did you know that there are 1500 street dogs in Belgrade? A completely unknown phenomenon back in Finland...

We also were introduced the faculty. This is the room for anatomy:

In those cabinets they had really cool stuff! Preserved in formaline one could find an example of every organ and almost every disease you can imagine! 

My idea of cool may be a little twisted, I don't know, but - - COOL!

... and my heart will go on and on... 
Oh, and on a wall I found something I'm truly jealous about: 

It was sooo difficult to learn all these little parts of the skull by staring at pictures in my book and turning a blank dogskull in my hands trying to figure out, whitch colour of the book matches to whitch part of the real skull. This makes it so nice and easy! 

Aww!! <3 

This is the dissection hall for anatomy. The tables were made of German warplanes from the world war II! I am sure these tables will last for a long time :)

The guard of the anatomy hall: 

There also was like a museum for anatomy, there were all kinds of bones and formaline-preserved stuff. Me jealous! 

Above a bear, I think, and below a monkey. 

And to the labratories

Here they teach milk and meat hygiene. 

Later we went to look at the small animal hospital next to the faculty. 

They also treat street dogs here, whitch I prefer as valuable work. It's important to neuter and microchip the homeless animals to prevent an explosion-like growth in the dog population... 

Phew. I think this is enough for today, more an other time. 

The first two days were stunning and exhausting. Maybe one reason was the badass virus/bacteria/whatever I had caught up just before the trip, why is it that I'm never sick the whole year, and the one time I go somewhere I immediately catch up some stubborn flu?!

Okay then, the story will be continued! Till then, Zzmok! 

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