Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
It feels wonderful to sit here and write after a long busy day of an unemployed Indian in Finland while A is napping, with people flying over Pohois Haaga (Northern Huopalahti) with an expanse of greenery in front of my window, all around. Birds chirping away, squirrels squeaking (sometimes they give me a head ache... Still better than traffic noise I reckon). I Have been just painfully busy the last couple of weeks, with organising couch surfers week-end (June 10-June 12th) but things should slow down after this.
A was in sweden last working week, while I was exploring Helsinki with some friends as usual, but being alone at home wasn't fun at all. I lugged myself around in the house humming "Ain't no sunshine when he's gone" true to the song it was a long sad gloomy rainy week, with the day stretching on till 2am GAH!!! He came back on friday; packed with a load of sunshine, Fun times again; we were at the world village fest, which was just so wonderful. The food was our top priority and I didn't buy anything (can you guys imagine that ???) The whole feel was similar to our Shilpa Ramam, only with fewer tidier stalls I must say.
A received a mail from the Embassy asking me to submit my passport, which I did this morning, so now we only have to wait and watch the story after the interval. This evening I did my first Finnish language lesson. Free lessons for Immigrants with a certain level of English proficiency, conducted by the Blue cross of Finland. Oh MY GOD, felt just crazy to be on the other side of a foreign language class. My dearest Finnish friend (who is a volunteer there and is the one to have informed me of it) was there to help me out at some difficult situations... However the entire hour and half of class felt like a bumpy fast ride, me emerging on the other side with a super strong headache and 2 complete sentences in Finnish.
I am slowly stepping past that "Ohh MY first finnish etc" area to "Oh I have seen/done this before" area... Still feels FUN. So much more to look forward to. Slowly building up our new support system, making really good friends who are taking good care of us. Friends are new family., Yet, nothing and no one can replace the family in our lives. In a country that's so far away from home where we still can't tell a friend from a stranger, we survive because of the strength they founded in us.