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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Week 1 in Tampere

Wow, it's already been a week? Well, I think I've got a lot achieved in the past week but there's still a lot more to be done. It's been really tiring.... not so much due to the jet lag but just having to deal with tons of new info, new people, new emotions, new stimuli, new environment, ..... weather being the least of my worries. And to think that I declared weather to be my biggest challenge before I left. I know, I know, the "best" is yet to come (-30C. Yikes.) I should be glad I don't have to deal with looking for my freezed-off ass on top of everything else right now.

Tampere is a really nice city, I think I'm going to like it here. The area that my office is at is called Hervanta, and the flat I found is also in the same area. It's about 15 minutes to walk to work, and if it gets too cold to walk I can always take the bus (I think 3 stops).

Hervanta is developing quite nicely too, everything I need within walking distance - banks, post office, library, doctors and dentist, some restaurants, and a brand new shopping center called DUO. There isn't really a need to go to the city center except maybe for the occasional night out / party. The Tampere University of Technology is right across the street from work, really convenient for when I'm ready to continue my studies and finish up my PhD!!

Oh, and my flat is along Insinöörinkatu (engineer street). How fitting. Love it, love it, <3.

Tampere city center is pretty much the same as how I remembered it from my previous trips, perhaps except for the colours. I've been here in winter and summer, and now, the gorgeous fall colours are upon the city. Orange. Red. Yellow. And gentle breezes carrying the multi-coloured leaves from their branches to the ground. If only it stays this picturesque all year round. But maybe because it's so short-lived do we find it extra beautiful.

This time I flew direct into Tampere instead of flying into Helsinki and then taking a train like the previous 3 trips. What a sight as I looked out my window when the plane was approaching Tampere. The gorgeous colours mentioned above notwithstanding, it was a stunning sight of lakes and trees and forests. So much natural beauty. Now, I have to say that I'm not really a "nature" person, but I welcome the change in scenery. I think it'll do me a lot of good. Plus, if I get the craving for some city life, Helsinki is just a train ride away (in fact, I will be going there next weekend). And many cool European cities are just a short flight away as well. Can't wait to do more exploration!!

cybette wrote this at 10:25 AM

Welcome to Tampere! Hope you like it here :) Remember, even though us finns don't speak that much, we're usually eager to help one around... I'm sure you'll do just fine!

Posted by Mike -- September 30, 2007 11:33 AM

Dear Sis,
I was watching F1 race, and very happy to see that Kimi got championship finally. It's so amazing! I have been a fan of kimi for several years, and this year could be better. I wish you enjoy the champion trumpet in Finland as well, and have cheers with your new friends, new co-works!! And as I know, Kimi is born in Espoo, I believe you will travel there soon, hope to hear something exciting from your exploration. Please TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF, we all love you and wish you the best:)
Love n Hugssss

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