Work and Spare time in Finland

Trip Start May 09, 2006
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Thursday, July 20, 2006

It's already been just about 3 weeks since I first arrived in Finland and I feel like I barely just arrived!

After spending Sunday evening settling in and washing laundry for the fist time in roughly three weeks (I only have about 4-5 days worth of clothing), me and the new roomies cooked so me yummy Mexican food! Something I definitely miss. And as the sun set roughly 11 pm it concluded my last day of Work free 'Vacation'.

Monday I started work at Uranus Consulting. Yes you can joke about the name...but thank god they pronounce it differently in you roll your r's :)
I met with my new boss Pekka and I spent the first day being introduced to the company and how I would be spending my time at the company for the next 3 months.
So what am I doing? a lot!
My job here is to reconstruct the web based career recruitment site written in English for foreigners looking to work, live, study, and start businesses in Finland, for Uranus Consulting. I have a ton of work, but a ton of creative freedom and I set my own pace. I think the job will push me to use journalism and PR skills that I already have, as well as enhance my computer and web-based skills.
The atmosphere here is pretty laid back. The dress code is 'wear something'. And over all everyone is pretty friendly, though at times I feel a little lost when everyone is speaking Finnish. The head of the company, Hannu is a really great guy, one of his main ideas behind the company is helping people, and helping people find jobs.

My first week I spent going to work and coming up with a plan of attack for my next three months and spent the afternoons lounging on the beach with friends and going swimming and playing Volleyball. Of course there were football matches to watch which were exciting, I would have liked to see Germany go all the way to the Final game but I guess a French head butt will make up for that in entertainment...
Wednesday Heavy Metal Karaoke
Last week we said goodbye to Tomi, who was my first contact in Finland. He is going to Sir Lanka for a traineeship and will be there for about18 months. We started off in the park having a picnic and playing a game similar to bowling but with thick wooden sticks... the object of the game is to score 50 points. The sticks are stood up like bowling pins (12) and you throw a stick at the other sticks and either knock down a single stick and get the points written on the stick, or you get a point for each stick you knock down. Very interesting game. We then went to a karaoke bar, but not just any karaoke bar, a heavy metal bar... it was very interesting and a lot of fun. I ended up singing sweet home Alabama. Not exactly heavy metal, but more my style of karaoke!

Saturday is the big going out night here in Helsinki...
We got together and had a traditional Chinese cooking night, which was fabulous! We had all sorts of dishes, and then afterwards Catherine and I introduced everyone to Kings Cup: a drinking game, which really has no other purpose but to drink... It was a little slow at first and sometimes difficult to explain the rules. Questions was probably one of the hardest things to explain, (if you dont know the game ask someone who knows how to play)...anyways after about 2 bottles of vodka between 9 people we headed out to the bars...which stay open all night! We left finally around 3, the party still going strong. I ened up staying the night at Gloria's place (one of my friends from AIESEC) because I still cant figure out the night bus and the earliest train didnt come until 6 am!

Other than that my days have been spent casually wandering the city, working and playing. I do however look forward to taking trips to Stockholm, St Petersburg, and Estonia...
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