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You know who you are
June 24, 2011

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Hyvää joulua
December 24, 2010

It’s -20 degrees back home. In Sydney, where I am now, it’s 27.

Though I’m happy to be here, right now I would like to have snowball fights, drink glögg and watch Christmas shows.

Challenge
October 31, 2010

My friend Alina reminded me I hadn’t blogged for three weeks. The reason is I never know what to write about. Then I read Mia‘s blog where she challenged herself to write about 30 topics. It’s a good list, so because I know you all are oh-so interested, I’ll do some of them.

(I neither know blog- or Facebook etiquette. Regarding the former, I don’t know if what I’m doing is comme-il-faut. Redarding the latter, I don’t know if commenting or wall-to-wall is better)

I’ve never had an urge to appear on Big Brother, so I guess this is my outlet.

Here’s the ones I challenge myself to do (Why not all 30? As they say in Finnish: rajansa kaikella.):

Day 01 – Introduce yourself
Day 02 – Your first love
Day 03 – Your parents
Day 04 – What you ate today
Day 05 – Your day
Day 06 – Your best friend
Day 07 – A moment
Day 08 – Your siblings
Day 09 – What’s in your bag
Day 10 – This week
Day 11 – Your dreams
Day 12 – This month
Day 13 – Something that upsets you
Day 14 – Something that makes you feel better
Day 15 – A first
Day 16 – Your fears
Day 17 – Your favorite place
Day 18 – Something that you miss
Day 19 – Your aspirations

Things change
September 8, 2010

Apparently, Redrum in Helsinki doesn’t exist anymore.

Hmph.

Palin = feminist. Yeah.
May 27, 2010

Sarah Palin has declared that she’s a feminist. A conservative one. Give me a break.

Joseph K.
April 28, 2010

Sometimes, especially when I have business with the social insurance institution of Finland, I feel like Josepf K.

In two months, I might be going to Melbourne, Australia to study environmental journalism. In the way are mountains and mountains of bureaucracy. I’ve spent the day filling out forms and going to offices and trying to find the right people to answer my questions.

Now, I know I sound like a spoiled brat when I complain about stuff like this. I get a study grant from the state. I get financial aid for accommodation. I get a grant to study abroad.  I really shouldn’t complain that there’s some amount of bureaucracy to go through. When I used to be active in a local school student union and through it in the organization for European school student unions, a lot of people couldn’t believe the benefits of being a student in Finland. The Italian organization had to deal with the mafia bombing their offices, we had to deal with insufficient financial aid.

Speaking of student financial aid, though, believe that education is the basis for an affluent society. A free education (or, more accurately, an education free of charge) is at least one of the secrets behind Finland’s economic growth in the last century. And part of this is the financial aid students get. At the moment, it’s insufficient – at least if students are to concentrate on their studies and graduate fast.

Anyway, I hope everything works out and I get to go to Australia. When I was there last year it looked something like this.