Over the summer, I took a trip to Finland for three months after arranging a meet-up with a dear Internet friend. My contract with the company at the time expired, and I have decided I wanted to try another field other than Information Technology. However, I needed to travel the world first. So, I chose to do road-trips in Finland and Poland with a dab of Norway and Czech Republic.
I have been meaning to do a series of posts on the ninety-day long vacation in Europe, but once all the distractions of finding a new place to rent and getting a job settled in; the inspiration to write withered away since most of the feedback on photographs were already received on Facebook and the novelty wore off. Norway and Poland were very lovely: Norway reminded me very much of British Columbia; and Poland indulged in childhood nostalgia of growing up on the Canadian Prairies. I would like to go these countries again with more activities in mind such as biking and hiking.
The relationship I have with the Finnish person from the land of the Interweb has evolved into rather intimate one. Simple things like riding a bike or even walking on the same road as cars in the rural area became more of a leisure than worrying about being ran over by motorists. Not worrying about vandalism caused by political activists and party-goers eventually became taken for granted before returning to North America. Being able to go to places where dogs are not normally allowed on the west side of the Atlantic felt like robbery upon return. So, I began to start missing sorely many of the privileges people have earned on the other side of the pond; whereas many of these privileges are regarded as rights which are abused on our continent. It took about a month and a half to adjust to the Canadian lifestyle.
However since Nokia, Research in Motion and the other IT giants have been laying off tons of employers over the last few years, finding a job has become more and more competitive. It is rather difficult to stay focused on staying in the now and balancing work to meet living-needs with the up-coming study while one has fantasies about returning to the Northwest Territories or the Rockies gnawing at the back of his head. So, I have decided to give Finland another trial run on December 1st to restore productivity.
I look forward to the companionship of my new beloved friend; and the quiet swamps forests.