Wednesday, January 27
Tuesday, January 26
January is always the coldest month in Finland. At the moment it's -19 degrees and occasionally snowing. Been very beautiful but also DAMN cold and I really want to avoid being outside. Today and yesterday was mostly about fixing paperwork and other necessary things.
Sunday, January 24
My cousin played in a musical play called Chicago (also a movie). They had been preparing it for 2 years with her drama group and it was really great. Amazing how well some 17 year olds can perform :)
Everything went smooth with the apartment and I now live close to Dongzhimen on the 21st floor! The view is really amazing from the window, specially at night! I always wanted to live in a high building ever since i came to China the first time. Maybe a little expensive but hey, life should be enjoyed!
I'm transferring flight in Amsterdam, it's a nice and comfortable 10,5h flight and I'm flying with Souther China Airlines so the seats are the smallest you can find. This is a little different than the business class I had 3 weeks ago on Air France…BUT it's also CHEAP! :) Will have to wait in Amsterdam for around 2h but that's ok because it's one of Europe's best airports and has a lot of shops and restaurants.
I found this really cool winebar at the airport called Bubbles so I just had to sit down and sip a few glasses of white wine while i was waiting...
After 16 hours flights I finally arrive at Helsinki 23.55 tonight. It's Husses birthday so I go straight from the airport to his place to PARTY!
Friday, January 22
Today morning i was suppose to get the keys for the apartment and then move in before i come to Finland. BUT ofc there was some problem. The owner of the apartment was an Irish guy and he does not live in China. He had some lawyer girl who was really annoying and asking a lot of questions about everything, it was like a job interview to get an apartment. The lawyer was suppose to report back to her "master" if I was suitable for the place...So i could not get the keys to the place and I don't want to have it because if there is a problem I have to deal with this annoying lawyer while the owner is in Ireland...
Thursday, January 21
Yesterday night we went out for some karaoke with a few people. Like always you have your own little room with 2 microphones. There is also a buffet included in the price and food is pretty good. Very different from the finnish "stand in bar alone super drunk and sound terrible"
Monday, January 18
Went to Houhai yesterday for lunch. There is a lake in the middle of Houhai which is frozen now and a lot of people were ice skating there and using some kind of weird sleighs to push them self around, looked pretty funny. In Houhai there is a place called Hutong Pizza which has really huge and awesome pizzas.
Saturday, January 16
The small Hutong road with a lot of art shops and cool bars. In the summer you can sit up on the rooftops enjoying 1 euro beers! Today it was damn cold but still always as nice to walk...
Friday, January 15
Got a lot of sleep last night but still pretty tired after going out the day before yesterday. James came back to Beijing and we had to take a few drinks. Ended up playing Resident Evil 5 until 4 am in the morning with Absolut Vanilla and Coke...
Thursday, January 14
Yesterday I got a message from a chinese guy who gave me a job in recording an audiotape into finnish last summer. He asked me to help with some finnish writing now that was suppose to take 90 minutes. Why not! So i went there today and had to write 1011 finnish words from a USB writing pad. It was kind of hard to get the letters look good on the computer but maybe that's because my handwriting sucks...The last 150 words were just random letters put together like ÄEÖEREÖK or some examples i took a picture of here. One of the strange jobs I've done...
Tuesday, January 12
Yesterday our bathroom was full of water. The toilet had flooded and the drainer was stuck. We used up all the towels and sheets we had in the house to get the floor dried. But the water had come out of the toilet into the bedroom and gone under the carpet which cannot be removed (kokolattiamatto).
Saturday, January 9
I found some funny signs around in Beijing, haha! All of the indoor signs were actually taken inside the toilet next to the Olympic Stadium. Kinda strange isn't it, the place where millions of tourist gathered in 2008 and they could not even find a proper translator :D
Thursday, January 7
We went to check out the Birds nest the last day Husse & Co stayed here. The Olympic stadium had an small indoor snow-park! There was also this "pallomeri" as big as a normal swimming pool with 7 bigger balls in it (those kinds that you see in the gym for stretching or doing sit-ups) Anyway, they had made it into a hinder course so that you had to try to jump on those bigger balls and come over to the other side (does this explanation make any sense?). Most people who tried only passed 2 or 3 but it looked pretty funny.
Wednesday, January 6
Ok, eftersom det handlar om saker som jag inte vill att nån chink ska läsa om så skriver jag på svenska.
Monday, January 4
Went around to the mandatory tourist attraction places. The Lama Temple is a temple for Buddhists, people go there and pray when they wish for good luck or respect the dead. Today the ground was very icy and slippery there, better pray for less slippery ice!