Big changes!

>> Monday, December 04, 2017

Not in the blog, but in my life. After just over 10 years in the UK, the time has come for a new adventure. At the end of January I will be moving to Helsinki (yes, in the middle of winter!) to start a new job. It's all a little bit scary and the amount of stuff to be done before I leave is kind of overwhelming, but mostly I'm really excited and can't wait to see what the future will bring (in the short term, probably a fair bit of snow, I imagine).

So the blog will probably continue to be a bit of a quiet zone for the next few months, but I absolutely intend to keep it going once I get settled in. I found it really nice to have that continuity 10 years ago, when I moved from Uruguay to the UK, and I expect it will also be a help this time.

So wish me luck, and any tips from those of you used to colder climates would be much appreciated!


Barb in Maryland 4 December 2017 at 20:20  

Good luck with your move. That is exciting!
The only tip I have is to take at least one lamp with a 'natural light' bulb and/or a 'grow light'.

Li 4 December 2017 at 21:16  

Oh wow - big changes indeed! Good luck with the move, I cannot even begin to imagine how complicated it is - look forward to hearing from you in Helsinki :-)

Lori 5 December 2017 at 00:35  

Wow! Congratulations! I hear Finland is such a wonderful place to live.

Sun,  5 December 2017 at 03:37  

Good luck and have fun in Finland!

Rosario 5 December 2017 at 07:15  

Thank you all very much for your good wishes!

Barb, are those the lamps that are supposed to help with Seasonal Affective Disorder? I've been looking at some on amazon and definitely plan to take one along!

Fernande,  5 December 2017 at 12:42  

Hi Rosario what an adventure! I think you're very brave to have first moved from Uruguay to the UK and now Helsinki, and I hope all good things come to you there. I know nothing of Finland other than from the tv series Bordertown -- the scenery is spectacular and they seem to have (much needed, I'm sure) great knitwear. As a Canadian I've learned that wearing a big scarf in winter makes all the difference for keeping toasty warm. Best of luck with the move and the accompanying career challenges. I'll look forward to more blog posts when you've settled.
Best, Fernande

Marianne McA,  5 December 2017 at 19:28  


No tips: I've only visited in summer - I worked as an au pair in Turku when I was 18 - but I remember it as idyllic, and the people as warm and welcoming. (And the saunas were initially surprising, and then rather addictive.)

And I'm selfishly glad you're keeping the blog going.

Does this mean you don't get home for Christmas this year?

Barb in Maryland 5 December 2017 at 22:23  

Re: the lamps. Yes, some of them are marketed for SAD relief. I have one as a floor lamp for reading that has saved my eyes a lot of strain. Well worth the price.

Rosario 6 December 2017 at 06:27  

Fernande: Thank you! Ah, why have I never heard of Bordertown? Sounds like one to watch before I go! And thanks, I'll invest in a big woolly scarf. All of mine seem to be brightly coloured thin cotton, so probably won't do! :)

Marianne: Thank you! Well, the summer will come in a few months (that's me willing myself to be a glass half full kind of person!), so I hope I find it like you. And I'm really looking forward to the saunas. Several of the flats I'm looking at have their own private saunas, and any that don't, have one in the building! As for Uruguay, I'm actually still going this year, flying out next week, in fact! That's possibly one of the reasons why the amount of stuff to be done feels overwhelming! But I feel I need a good dose of sunshine (and destressing) before starting the new job, and I have barely taken any holiday since last January, so I deserve it! :)

Barb: Fab, I'll invest in that, then. The movers are not coming to pick up my stuff until late January, so plenty of time to pick one I like!

Bona Caballero 8 December 2017 at 21:02  

Best wishes for this new adventure in your life. I've never been to Finland so I have no tip for you. Just good luck!

Susan/DC,  8 December 2017 at 22:53  

Buena suerte! Life is an adventure, and you are definitely living it to the utmost. I've no particular advice about Finland, other than hats (be sure they cover your ears), scarves, and gloves are required. Will you have to learn Finnish? It is a unique language and not related to either Spanish or English. But I think if you do learn Finnish you will definitely get bragging rights for being trilingual.

Jay Yapaway,  13 December 2017 at 16:30  

wow, I remember when you moved to the UK! Good luck in your new adventure!

Anonymous,  14 December 2017 at 03:21  

Rosario, like everyone, I'd like to wish you congratulations on your new job and on your new home. Good luck to you! --Keishon

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