Here i am, this is me

So, I have been here about a week now and it’s been kinda crazy. The travel went actually surprisingly good even tho it was my first time alone in the plane. There were no problems and I didin’t even get lost! Which was a surprise cos’ sometimes I can’t even find back to my seat when I’m travelling in the train. So it was nice to see that I can manage on my own too. But even the travel went great, it was rough. I couldn’t sleep much and still now I have so much sleep debt. The flight time was all together about 28 hours instead of 26 hours (which it was supposed to be) due the one hour delay both in Amsterdam and Hong Kong. And I had to “sleep” the preceeding night in the Helsinki airport after I came by train from Pori in the evening. But anyhow, I’m here now! And I think cos’ lack of sleep I was like a zombie while travelling I didin’t know how to be so excited, but soon as I took the first step from the plane in Bali and I felt the warm moist breeze on my face I couldn’t help myself from smiling ear to ear. That was the most amazing feeling.

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World, here i come!

As I arrived, I took a taxi to the hotel I booked couple days beforehand. I didin’t actually knew which kind of area this hotel located and it turn out that in the middle of nowhere. There were actually nothing in the surrounding area. And in the pictures it looked nice and all and it was, but just from the outside. The room was dirty and I don’t even think that they had changed the sheets. So that was I bit bummer. But I only had booked it for a one night and I had absolutely no interest to find a new place that day. And for the next couple of days I booked a really nice hotel much closer to the center Seminyak.
So I was just lying on my bed and started to think “what the heck I’m going to do now?”. I was just sending text’s to all that I’m not dead and stuff and I got a message from one Finnish girl who told that she and her friend were looking a villa and a group. So we decided to meet in the evening over a supper. They were really cool guys and we decided to look for a place to live together. They had arranged a meeting with an agent for the next day who agreed to show some places. So in the next day we were on the meeting point waiting for the agent and two more Finnish girls showed up and told that they had a meeting with the same agent also. So we all went to see those villas together.
And after couple days of stress and confusing information and not-knowing-nothing-at-all-on-anything we finally found a perfect villa! It has 8 bedrooms with either twin or double bed. I decided to share my room to lower the costs and to improve my English. The girl I shared the room with is from Czech Republic and we also have here 4 German’s and one more will join us next week. The rest 5 is from Finland. So we have quite big villa family here.

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Ohh dat pool!

Yesterday and today we had the orientation days in Denpasar campus. They were fairly exhausting. Most of the information they gave us was rather unnecessary, like “don’t drink and drive”. Like we didin’t know that yet. I’m not saying that there shouldn’t be any kind of advices or that in the beginning, but they could just have squeezed the most important things in one day. Oh and there were a welcoming dance and Saraswati dance (not sure what it means). I believe it was a nice thing, but not sure cos’ I couldn’t actually see anything except some random heads in time to time.

Tomorrow the actual study begins and I have to find my way to the Jimbaran campus somehow. I believe it’s better to leave at least two hours earlier even tho it will only take about 40 minutes according google maps. But the traffic here is unbelievable crazy! One good word to describe it is chaotic. There’s no rules and my first though was “Hell no! I’m not going to do that”. But I did. And it wasn’t that bad but you just have to pay a really close attention on everything. Yesterday one of our villa group member already fall down and today one more with a passenger, but they all survived only with minor injuries. I wonder whose next… Fingers crossed. I don’t know how I’m gonna manage that alone since I just have followed others who had had a map reader sitting behind them. But I’m sure I’m gonna figure it out at some point. Again, wish me luck!

Love,
Anniina


Summer is coming, I must prepare myself

I will start with a warning – I’m no writer and this is my very first blog ever. And in English for god’s shake! So if you can’t stand spelling mistakes and ungrammeticals (yes, I googled that word), then this blog will make you rip your hair off and make your eyes bleed. Katja I’m talking to you. Stop it.
So, I’m gonna write about my upcoming exchange semester in Bali, Indonesia. Wohoo! My adventure has already started and at first I came to Pori to see my friend. Tomorrow I’m heading to Helsinki and from there I fly to Bali via Amsterdam and Hongkong. Actually this adventure started months ago. I’m talking about that paper war I had to go through. When at first I was planning to do this exchange and started to find out what I should do and what documents to fill, I was like – this is a piece of cake, no problemo! ….What the F*** was I thinking! There were MILLION thing to do and MILLION papers to fill out. (Maybe I overstate a little. But not much). And I think the whole process was a little bit more challenging than usually, cos’ I had to apply as a freemover. There’s no contracts between the schools. The start was a struggle cos’ I was told that I need to confirm from the receiving institution that it’s okay for them me to apply there and I send them an e-mail couple of times but didin’t get any response. I got a hint to apply through Asia Exchange and that did clear things up!
And in the end there were more struggle and stress cos’ I wasn’t sure if I was getting my visa and passport from the Indonesian embassy from Helsinki in time. The whole visa process started too late due the official acceptance letters were late. Asia Exchange couldn’t send them to us cos’ the problem was in the receiving institutions end. And we couldn’t apply for the visa before we got the official letter. I got mine JUST in time. In Tuesday it arrived in post office and Friday was the absolute dead line for me.
After that I had the last minute get-everything-done-stress. I hadn’t event started packing and I had to leave Sunday! There were my farewell party (Läskijäiset) and hangover day (which were luckily not that bad) and all the goodbyes. And packing of course. I was so stressed that there were no room even to be that excited about the fact that less than week I would be already in that beautiful place. Actually whole this time and still right now this whole thing feels so surreal. Am I really going? I think so! (Why I hear that in my head like Joey Tribbiani says it?)

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My sister draw me fingerfriends (sormikaverit). They represent Rin and Raito :3

I don’t know how to link this next subject that it would seem even a little bit logical, but on the other hand, if this blog was consistent and all that- it wouldn’t be mine or represent me. Because I’m a mess. (Just kidding! But not really). Anyhow! About the name of this blog. That was one more thing I left in the last minute. I hesitated so much cos’ I wanted to came up with a perfect name which would be interesting and describe the content of my writings. I’m not sure if I accomplished that but still I’m happy with the name I chose. I was thinking also “Winter isn’t coming” (if you get it, me approves) or “I’m sure there’s no snow”. And some good ones my sister suggested: “These boots are made for walking”, “Finally getting the tan I always wanted”, “Getting tan and other stories” and so on. Maybe I will use those later. And there’s this song called “Pocketful of sunshine” which is kinda cute, but I’ll let you decide.

This post is not the best of me and I’m too overwhelmed and stressed to concentrate, so I try to do better next time. Oh and why I’m writing this? Because I have to! I had to choose either write a blog or write a report. Obviously I chose blog cos’ all the reports are bursting from my ears. I get a cancer even hearing that word. But wish me luck and may the Force be with you!

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Love,
Anniina


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