My dear readers, this is the first article I am writing, so it is very possible that I am a little clumsy. So give me a chance. I would like to tell you a little about what it meant for me to move permanently in another country. It was a choise made with the heart. During 6 months I traveled to the so-called cold Finland. And oh my God , how many myths have I heard about this country and its people! Like it’s cold, the people are cold and not very welcoming, that my life here would not be happy. But it is far from that.
I knew I was leaving, I knew when I was leaving but I didn’t know when I was going back on a vacation, short one at least, so I tried to see all my friends I somehow left behind. And that’s what I’ve been doing for the last week. As a short paranthesis , as I was writing these things, a rather strong melancholy arose me.
And I packed everything, visited my family, sent some of the luggages before and then I left. The flight was ok, it was the same as always, but more emotionally charged than ever. I leave behind 27 years of life in Romania and a new life, other experiences and new friends awaited me. That doesn’t mean I forgot my other friends. But there’s always room for new and new friends.
At the end of the day, in February, I was already HOME. Starting a new chapter of my life. Slowly I began to discover the places that became my home. And I liked it! I liked to see that although in the midst of the Sars-Cov-2 pandemic, people had places to walk in the fresh air, outdoor training places, lakes around which to run and less panic. And it’s nice not to live in a city suffocated by block of flats that seems to be crying for something green. Now when I go to the balcony, all I see are dozens of fir trees, a playground for children and a barbecue where I can go anytime.
And the most pleasant part is that I have the Baltic Sea 5 minutes from home and the sauna in the building where I can always reserve a day and on hour just for me.
Finns love the sauna and for those you know at least one Finn, this is well known. They are very active people, regardless the age, they like to have fun and they are very welcoming if you give them time to get to know you. They aren’t necessarily cold as they are rather shy.
One thing I can say has changed my life since I moved here is that this country has no natural phenomena that could keep me on guard. It is a country without earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, landslides or other outburst of nature. This country also has animals that walk by you as if you are one of theirs, sort of speaking.
Education, from what informations I have, is ranked as the best in the world and at the end of each year Finland has the happiest people. I no longer wonder why.
So far this is my story, so for more stay close. Can’t wait to see what’s waiting for me!