I can’t believe I have been here for a month! Time has flown by. Well an update with work first, I wasn’t able to complete the survey this past Tuesday so we are going to launch it this coming Tuesday in hopes that people will on Tuesday get back into the swing of things at work and actually take it. I am really excited for it and the numbers and information it will give us, and if we get a wide enough sample this could take care of pretty much all the primary data we would need. Anyways let’s hope it goes well because getting in touch with people to meet with them or schedule a phone conversation led nowhere this past week. I blame part of it to Finnish summer vacations which are pretty much the entire summer and lead to a lot of unanswered phone calls and emails, more on that in a minute. I started drafting the research report though and started putting in parts of the 20 pages or so of notes I have collected so far in my research, I just really hope that I can get enough primary research to make this whole thing worthwhile. Anyways so Thursday was a Finnish Lutheran holiday called Helatorstai which after a lot of explanation from coworkers is a holiday that I think celebrates Christ’s ascension into heaven, don’t quote me on that. But since we had Thursday off and my boss told me that no one would be in on Friday that I would have a four day weekend. Oh what to do in Hameenlinna for four days… NOTHING!!! Anyways I was invited to go play golf by a coworker on Thursday (These people really love to golf, I think that should be implemented in the business pre-requisite courses) unfortunately though it was cold and rainy all day so no such luck. So after reading and relaxing and riding my old man bike all around the city for two days I went to Helsinki yesterday where there were was a lot of excitement!
Miley Cyrus, reindeer, salmon soup, graduation, plastered students, and visiting the first area on my mission. That pretty much sums up my Saturday in Helsinki! My goodness it was crazy! I got down there in the morning and walked around the city a little bit, I hadn’t been really around to some of the old sites in years so I went to the tuomiokirkko (the big white Lutheran church), walked to the harbor and to the market place where I got myself some reindeer, potatoes, and salmon soup (SO GOOD!!!) and walked along the shore and saw the American embassy (seeing the good ole stars and stripes flying was pretty great), the old mission office. It was awesome, then after walking so much I sat down to read for a minute on a nice park bench when I hear these girls screaming at the top of their lungs the song “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus over and over and over again (the Finnish teenage girl screamo version is not as good in my opinion), so I walked over to where there was a fence and about 300 young Finnish girls, I went up to one and asked what they were waiting for and she said that Miley Cyrus was in that hotel and they were waiting to see her. I thought about waiting but decided that there was a better way to spend my Saturday than wait with a bunch of hysterical Finnish teenage girls for Miley Cyrus. So instead I hopped on a commuter train to an area where I lived as a missionary and had a nostalgic moment as I walked along the paths that I did as a missionary, it was crazy when I recognized some people that I knew while I was there. It was fun to talk with them for a little bit and catch up on some things. Anyways I caught my train back and the drinking began, a bunch of 16 year old kids getting wasted on a train (which they aren’t supposed to do, as they were reminded numerous times by the train conductor) but they were hilarious and it was kind of fun laughing with them, they asked me where I was from when they were leaving, I told them the states and they for some reason started singing happy birthday to me in Finnish as they were leaving, it was an interesting experience.
Anyways, it was a good and interesting week and I am looking forward to another challenging and fun week at work.