Saturday, October 30, 2010

The First Week, Briefly

I have been pretty busy, well not literally just a lot of new stuff has happened in a short time.

Interesting aside, I am really sorry not to have a picture, it was just so shocking and happened so fast, we saw a Finn in black face. No, not a black Finn, we have a few black Finnish citizens but a white guy dressed like '70 black fella. "Play that funky music...white boy?"

It has been a proper cloudy damp fall here. Yesterday it was sunny and pretty but other than a walk to the store we were stuck inside cleaning. Cleanliness it a part of the contract to stay here, still they can't send anyone over to fix the fracking bathroom sink. This is an expensive residence.

Today we went to Jarvensivu, the part of town I grew up in. We had a good walk and felt shocked that the late '80 are alive and well. Teenagers are idiots.

Here are some things that are way better here than the US:

1. Everyone walks so the side walks are a single car lane wide and the crossing spots on the roads are ample and convenient.

2. Busses are frequent and easy to use. They are not only taken by the really poor but even by middle class working people and upper class teenagers. Even elementary schoolers take them unsupervised.

3. No one pities us for not having a car. Do you people realize how annoying that is? It is not a hardship not to have a car, you are just lazy. STFU, offer us a ride, thanks, but hold the side order of pity.

4. There is a lot more international food at the grocery store.

5. The food is a lot healthier, lower in salt, fat and sugar with out being much more expensive.

6. Getting Marcus's paper work to say here indefinitely done will take 120 euros, a few hours of our time to fill out the paperwork tomorrow a trip to the police station Monday, 7euro photo at the photo booth, turning it all in and a few months of waiting.

Things are already looking up. I will also get my unemployment application in Monday. I was not able to do it before because it takes a few days for my new residence to get to the central database and can't get Tampere benefits when I am not a Tampere resident.

Not very interesting, I know, but have been too preoccupied to think of a good blog to post. For something more interesting and comprehensive go to My husband has written a few good and interesting posts about his first impressions.


  1. Oh, it was so hard not to Flava Flav the crap out of blackface, afro wig boy right there in the grocery store! Only in Finland (or just maaaaybe Utah) could you do something like that and take more than 5 steps beyond your front door without getting your butt whooped.

    And yes, the no car thing. Congratulations honey, we're normal here.

  2. well, but isn't it bigger here, geographically? so really ya need a cah.. ( i am from boston don't fahget) and heah the buses schedule is not so frequent so rally ya do need ah cah.
    The entire population of Finland( 5,367,219) can live in Massachusetts (6,500,000) but the country can't fit here 337,000 square km vs 27,300 sq km.
    International groceries... you should go to Cambridge Ma..they have everything..
    But citizenship unless you are illegle alien you zip.. but duvall patrick ( govenor massachusetts) is even going to have us educate with free state university tution for illegils... whats the lesson there??? thats right...
    good luck in finland. have you been to "notes from lapland?: blog? an outsiders view of finland..and great pictures of the country..beautiful
    best doreen