Bleh. I am so done with winter.
I have a cold.
I am losing my voice.
I feel bleh.
However, I am coming off of a trip to Turkey that was more amazing than I thought it would be, so there is that. But I had to leave sunshine (although not much warmth) and come back to grey skies and slush.
Budapest, Greece, Italy, and France are in my immediate travel plans. Looking forward to those!
Helsinki in February is mostly about slush. The black and grey ice and snow starting to melt away, leaving behind the several layers of grit and pebbles in its wake. Also, the melting ice reveals all the dog poop from earlier, trash, and other detritus that is pretty gross to look at each morning on my walks. Why can’t folks just lose money in the snow for me to find?
Life has settled into a routine now. I’m on to around 5 months now here in Finland, and (other than this lengthy winter!), I find something to love about it almost every day.
I have become a sauna convert.
I take my shoes off when I go in to someone’s house, and it feels natural now.
I got my first Kela check. Score one for socialism. Gotta love a country that pays me to go to school.
Even though I figure I can count the number of Finnish words I know now on my fingers. Damn, this is a hard language!
That’s about all for now. Things are slow, since it’s the end of winter. When I see spring…things should pick up. 🙂