—is the one word that comes to mind when i try and describe this past weekend. Here’s a recap of the past weeks events…
Wednesday—class, laundry, packing, followed by partying at Harry’s and not getting home till 4am. The bar has three levels, the lowest with a bowling alley, the middle is a bar/dance area and the top is purely a disco. Spent the night hanging out with all of the international students dancing on stage to MJ’s ‘black or white’, ‘don’t stop believin’ and some other classics.
Thursday—somehow woke up at 7am and caught an 830am 6hr bus ride to Stockholm with Laura-who is from Helsinki-and some of the other americans. When we got to Stockholm we had a few hours so we frolicked around town running from store to store to keep out of the cold. Andddddd being the classy Swedes that we are we enjoyed some fast food cuisine at MAX<—-almost comparable to ino…almost. Then we boarded our 11hr overnight ferry to Finland.. We then ran into some Canadians who we hung out with the rest of the boat ride. We pregamed a tad then headed up to the bars…except there was no one there…so then we headed to the disco..again no one there..hmm. We felt like the only under 25yr olds on the ship so naturally we decided to be creative and made a scavenger hunt around the ship ranging from making a snow angel on the top deck to taking a picture with a staff member, etc. We split into teams and ran around the ship to our hearts content. It may have been one of the best nights I have had here, and a night that I will remember forever because all of the random little moments that made for a crazy time.
Friday—Woke up at 7am after going to bed at 5….currently running off of a total of 5 hours of sleep in the past 2 days. This is when the deliriousness crept into all of us. We laid on the floor of our cabin until security eventually had to literally kick us off of the boat as we were cracking up at jokes that made no sense…..always making America look good, thats our groups motto. After we stumbled off the boat we heard of somewhere serving a buffet so we wandered outside to a hotel and sat their stuffing our faces with an awful yet satisfying meal and then boarded our 3.5 hour train ride to Helsinki. The sunrise I witnessed on this train ride was like no other. I could stare at the sun without my eyes burning as it rose bright red in the sky. Arriving in Helsinki was like being a little child who had finally made it to the North Pole. It was around negative 10C and the snow was falling all around. We then went to Laura’s house to get settled then grabbed lunch at her old work spot. That night Laura had her friends over for a kickback and we introduced them to countless games of Fuck the Dealer and Kings Cup. We then took to the sauna to relax and get warm…and than run and jump in the snow. Awesome is an understatement.
Saturday—Received an amazing guided tour of the city by Laura. Saw some of the oldest buildings in town, a church built from the insides of a mountain, boats in the harbor frozen into the sea, a bustling meat market, and than crept into a warm spot to enjoy some Turkish kabob. We went to Laura’s grandparents house that night where they cooked us a 4-course meal-our stomachs were not prepared whatsoever. Her grandma was literally the most precious person greeting us with warm hugs and forced us to take off our cold socks and put them on the heater while she grabbed us some giant wool ones to replace on our feet. We enjoyed classic Finnish cuisine from beef stew, to salted salmon, vegetables, warm pies, and an assortment of pastries. We took a break in the midpoint of the meal and headed down the hall to the workout room of the building where Laura’s grandma led us in some exercises to work off some of the food and make us more comfortable with overeating once again. After this I do not remember much because the deliriousness crept over me like a disease..literally and I caught a cold—so I spent the rest of the night catching up on sleep and regaining my mental stability.
Sunday—Superbowl day!!! do i watch the superbowl? No. Do I care about football at all? Nope. Superbowl food? oh yes. Our whole group was on the same page so we headed to the grocery store to pick up some essentials than made some homemade salsa, guacamole, and pizza. We sat around getting to know Laura’s family and sauna-ed one last time before having to wake up at 5am and catch our flight back home to good ol’ Kalmar