Friday, July 30, 2010

Sunny Days, Wasps and Goodnight Lenin

The last few days my wife and I have been treated to an artist's tapestry in the skies from our balcony. The flat is slowly, but surely, coming together and we are very much enjoying the beautiful Finnish summer.

I have started to develop a theory regarding Finnish insect life. I believe that the cleaner air, makes for more intelligent and advanced flies and wasps in this country. The U.K. equivalent is slow and lethargic, either from the excess sugar in their bakeries or just sheer lack of attention as they sit down to watch one mundane soap opera or another.

Finnish wasps are definitely more aggressive and also more intelligent. A few days ago a huge (no MAHOOSIVE) 'ampiainen' flew into my mother-in-law's kitchen and had me chasing it around for a good twenty minutes, flying from one side of the kitchen window to the other. What with the kitchen table in the way, it was becoming a struggle to actually get at the in my frustration, I shouted at it to "GET OUT!". To my astonishment, the wasp stopped flying erratically from side to side, flew straight out of the kitchen, straight through the living room and out of the balcony window. Just some food for thought...try asking the next wasp that annoys you to leave instead of smashing its head in. Don't bother with the flies, they're just ignorant.

As I believe I said in the last post my wife and I have just returned from visiting my family in U.K. and were lucky enough to watch my cousin's up and coming folk music band during a live gig. They are very unique and bring something a little different. They have their single launch night on August 6th, and I believe that the single is also available to download from Amazon. Very catchy tune from a very talented group. I wish them all the best!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Beginner blogger

This is my first blog and I would like to start by telling all a little about myself.

My name is Paul and I live in the beautiful country of Finland with my wife, in a small and comfortable abode that suits us completely. I am a part time English teacher and a full time Masters student at the University of Helsinki, trying to further myself and over-qualify myself, so that not finding a job will become an impossibility.

Truthfully, I had the opportunity to teach in October of last year for a few months and really felt blessed to be able to do so. In short, I got hooked at the first asking and I have no plans to even try to go cold turkey as yet! It is what I feel I am called to do, and I will grasp this chance with every ounce of strength that I can muster.

Those of you who have known me for a long time know how hard I used to work. You will also know how close this came to killing me, whilst I was living in the U.K. As much as I was grateful for the opportunities given to me life has become so much easier because I have allowed myself to rest.

September will soon be upon us, and my extended (even though definitely well earned) rest will be over. So here's to the future months. I wish you all the best in your futures, with lots of exciting times coming up for all of you.

Until next time...