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James P Sullivan
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Student in Vantaa

Post by James P Sullivan » Tue Apr 06, 2004 7:36 pm

Hey,

I'm a student from Belgium, and I'm currently making my final Project for graduation here in Finland. In Genano Oy. to be more exactly.
I really loved this country. the beauty of the nature and so.
And I still do, but I arrived here exactly 2 weeks ago, and when I entered my room from my shared appartment, it had no furniture at all. That was quite a shock, but still, I managed. So I wanted to try the internet, but that didn't work because of a mistake with my password. And I really needed the internet. Luckily a roommate had a spare matras, so I could sleep on the floor, and he also let me use his internet. That was my first day, so not really fun to arrive.
It's going better now, although, I feel quite lonely (I have a girlfriend at home), and I really need to get to know some people.
The problem is that I'm a little shy, and not really a party-animal.
So, I was thinking if I could get in contact with some people who know the Helsinki a bit. And to explain me some of the finnish habbits.
I'd appriciate it very much...
Greetz,
Wim


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gavin

Post by gavin » Tue Apr 06, 2004 8:47 pm

Hi

Welcome to the group!

Reminds me of the time I arrived in Finland in 1995, as an exchange student...

I flew to Joensuu (Joensuu airport is not much to look at) and the Finnish lecturer who was supposed to collect me from the airport 'forgot' I was coming and went to germany on holiday.

So they were closing the airport (really) and there was me, no Finnish, no Finnish money, a contact number (of the guy in germany) and an answering machine in Finnish...

10/10 for the Finnair people who gave me a lift the 25Km into Joensuu, then took me to the Uni, tracked down someone who vaguely knew I was coming, and made sure I was taken care of.

I also got introduced to a shared room, and just the most basic furniture... My room mate arrived a few days later (Sebastian, a great frenchman who could ONLY speak French)

All I can say is that I had some of the best times of my life in the following months, and ended up living most of the time here.

Good luck, and welcome!

Cheers
Gavin


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Post by James P Sullivan » Tue Apr 06, 2004 10:54 pm

thanks,

It's very nice to hear that.
I just got some mails that maybe someone could arrange me a bed, so that would be wonderfull. Because sleeping on the floor isn't that comfortable.
But I'll manage. And I'm sure I'll have a good time here.
Finish people are really nice so it can't go wrong.

Greetz
Wim
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Post by Sara » Thu Apr 08, 2004 8:11 pm

I went to the same place as Gavin a few years after. I have to say i went into shock when I saw my room! All white, basic and 'clinical'. I put some photos up, cards and things people sent and it made a huge difference!

Where abouts in Vantaa are you? Quite often a bunch of us get together in Myyrmaki for a few drinks and a natter :D

Also there is some recycling centre you can visit and get furniture such a desk really really cheap!! And have it delivered too! :D


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Post by Sara » Thu Apr 08, 2004 8:14 pm

The link for the recyling place is

http://www.pkskierke.fi/


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Post by James P Sullivan » Fri Apr 09, 2004 11:08 am

thanks,

I'm gonna take a look then.
But, My company where I work have helped me a lot.
No I have a nice chair, a bed and a TV.
So, that's good enough for me.

The street I live in is called Kylmaojantie, nr 4, room 45.
It's somewhere between Simonkylla and Ilola.
From Tikkurali it's 10 minutes with bus 63.

So when I arrived here it was completely empty.
Except for a large closet. It didn't even have a lamp.
But, it's much better now.
People from home have sent me some pictures, and I bought a poster.
So, it really is much better now.
And I'm only staying for 3 months, so it would be crazy to buy lots of stuff.
But thanks for the reply everybody.
Greetz,
Wim
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