Here I am, having a beer in my home in Helsinki. My “home” becuase I feel like an adopted puppy. Minna’s familly treats me like I’ve always lived here and I love it.
We live in the suburbs of Helsinki, in a nice house Minna’s father built. He really loves building, for 3 years he’s been working on a boat, too. It’s outside, he showed it to me today. It’s really big, it’s going to have two bedrooms and even a sauna! Finnish people can’t live without sauna. And, I kind of agree with them, all people become addicted to it as soon as they try it.
I’ve tried it first on Friday, my first day in the North of Europe. I took a shower and stayed in the saune for almost 30 minutes with Minna’s sister. I was pretty silly bringing my bathing suit with me, as we all sit in the sauna naked. And not alone, yes. Luckily for my mental sanity, boys don’t nomally take sauna with girls in the same time, unless they are couples. And that means one couple at a time. So I am safe! : )))
The proper temperature in the sauna is 80 degrees Celsuis. For the first time, I beared 70. Not bad for a Southern girl! I got into the saune with one girl and two other girls joined us in a short while. It was a lot of information for one day! : ))))) But the truth is, I honestly think that nakedness makes the Finnish more confident, better managers, hence the blooming economy!
I have met Minna’s friends. A lot of them came on Friday night to see us. Everybody’s curious about the “Romanian girl”, I guess most people have never met a Romanian. They talk about me all the time, I can hear my name every 5 minutes. At first, I smiled and tried to understand what they were saying, then I just smiled. Now I just smile if somebody is talking to me! : )))))
I feel like I’ve died and went to… Helsinki a.k.a. Heaven! Minna’s mother cooks for me and does my laundry. She even bought butter because I prefer it to other stuff you eat on bread. Because Minna’s sister used to work for L’Oreal, I got to choose whatever pruducts I wanted form a huge box with sealed stuff. We go shopping everyday, we watch movies and walk. Who said the Northern people aren’t hospitable??
I packed Christmas presents with Minna’s sister, or shall i say “my sister”?, and will soon cook for the family: ciorba! : ))) I feel great!
I like being in the North. It is like a different planet, that’s for sure. I am constantly amazed with a lot of things, but generally, it feels like home. By the way, You know they call “money” in Finnish? “Rahat”! : ))))
I only hope I will see the center of the city on daylight, too. Today it snowed a little. Maybe we will have a white Christmas after all.