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[size=11]Going on 10 years with this guy. It's about time we met face to face, you know? I've been working hard and saving money to make a return trip soon.
Uhm... well, I brought my Kindle with me, and I had a bunch of books downloaded onto that thing, but it completely slipped my mind that long flights nowadays mostly have TVs built into the headrests of the seats so you can watch movies or shows, play games or listen to music. Though I preferred my own MP3 player. I spent most of the time watching movies I didn't get to see in he theater. I finally got to see saw Skyfall that way. I thought it was a great damn movie.
Funny story; I had over packed and my luggage was too heavy to board the plane. Luckily, I had not only a carry-on bag with me, but also an empty bag that I had intended to use to pick up souvenirs at the airport. I ended up having to pack most of my essential things in my carry-on and stuff my empty bag full of anything else I could in order to bring the weight down. My cell phone charging wires, camera, a change of clothes, a whole lot of sh*t went into these two carry-on bags. And just my luck, somehow, Air France loses my luggage somewhere between Paris and Helsinki. So I arrive in Tampere with nothing but what I brought with me in the carry-on. And that was a lesson learned because even though I had very little actually [i]with[/i] me when I landed, I realized it was all of the stuff I actually NEEDED. My luggage was found two days later, but I had everything I absolutely needed with me. So I doubt I'll ever over pack the way I did ever again.
He's never been to New York. He's kind of freaking out about the idea of it. His entire town can fit into one of my sports stadiums, so the population difference is huge. We're talking about going from 30,000 people to 10,000,000 people. And a living area that's endless trees and lakes to skyscrapers and concrete. It's about as different as a jungle and a desert. But when he comes, he wants to stay for about a month. Get a feel for the place. Because he says he's been trying to wrap his brain about living in New York, and I told him New York is more than just this city. I mean, hell, 30 minutes outside of the city are tiny little quiet towns with rivers and forests. It's just... boring out there, so, you know, there are no movies or TV shows that depict [i]that[/i] sort of life.
Finnish is a [i]b*tch[/i] of a language to learn. I've been trying for three years and just now I'm starting to grasp some of it. I asked him to slowly introduce Finnish words into our everyday conversation, so I can get used to hearing it, used to seeing the spelling when we text. I'm slowly but surely getting the hang of it. He told me, don't worry, almost everyone in Finland speaks English. And they do. His mom, his sisters, even the guy from the supermarket checkout. His boss at the coffee factory was excited to hear I was from New York and spoke only in English to me because she wanted to "practice" her English on me. And here I am, trying to get a feel for the language, and I learn exactly two words: jatkuu and tarjous. Which mean "continuing" and "deal," as in... "this show is continuing later" and "we have a sale going on." Useless. But practice makes perfect.
I have an enormous family. 20+ first cousins, because both my parents have more than 6 brothers and sisters each. For him, it's just his mom and 2 sisters. So leaving all of these people I'm close to, many of whom I see and speak to daily, is going to be the hardest part. Especially my grandparents, who are very, very old and two are in fragile health. I'd hate to get the call when I'm overseas that they've passed away. But death is inevitable, and my God, sometimes I think my grandfather is immortal. But I can't just kind of sit around and wait for the end to come before moving, or it might not happen. I have to take that leap and hope I can make it home at least o
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