Tuong is a friend I got to know since our first year in HAMK. He was the only guy in group of Vietnamese students who got in HAMK IB that year. He was the first one who graduated in our class. We lost contact nearly totally when he went to Sweden last year to study a master program. Since I lost my mobile phone in November also last year, I didn’t have his number until he called me yesterday. He went to Tampere for the weekend, so we decided to meet up today in Valkeakoski.
I don’t know why it’s always exciting for me to meet my old friends. Maybe not really “old”, but some friends who I knew sometime ago and haven’t met for a period of time. I guess it’s because the special familiar feeling I have with them. I can be comfortable around them. They know me. Then I want to know how they have been, what they want to do, all that. And it’s always nice to hear.
When Tuong visited this time, we went to our usual place – Papachi. It’s the pizza & kebab restaurant we “discovered” during our first year and it has been our most favorite one since then.
Then we guessed Nhung and Phat should have woken up already, so we dragged them out also.
We passed by Apiankatu area for Tuong to see some new buildings there. When we were in Apiankatu, they were all old houses with apple trees. Well, just to prove him that at least there are things going on in our tiny little Valkeakoski.
We walked around because it would be a waste not to.
Unfortunately for me, the sun was hidden under the clouds again. It became too windy and cold. I was more than happy to get in the car again to get to the center. They were having some sort of fair there before the summer ends.
We didn’t know exactly where the fair is, so Tuong just parked the car right in the center and we walked from there. Along the way, Nhung found another secondhand shop. Of course, she was happy about that. It’s not difficult to imagine her visiting the shop not long from now. : D
The fair actually didn’t have many things to look at. We didn’t stay for long, mostly just to see what it was.
Our “achievement” was to buy 2 licorice twists but without licorice taste :”). I think I’m the only Vietnamese who likes licorice…
We went back after that.
Thank you for the day. Let’s keep in touch. : )