Oulu is a city in Northern Finland. 145000+ inhabitants according to wikipedia. Not that big, in other words. Still, it makes it the 6th largest city in Finland (so for those who did not know it, there is not any actual large cities in Finland..) Coordinates 65°01′N 025°28′E. It is cold there in the winter, and as it is located at the coast, windy. Subarctic climate, they say. Average annual temperature (still according to wikipedia) is 2 degrees Celsius, or 36 degrees Fahrenheit. For those who want to know more, here is the link to wikipedias English Oulu-information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oulu
Why am I telling you this, you ask?
Because I am going to live there for some time. I’m crazy, I know. I hate cold, and still I am moving to live even further up north. The reason is educational. I got a place at a course cold “Postgraduate Course in Water and Environmental Management”. So, I am leaving Helsinki tomorrow, arriving by train in Oulu on Friday. On Monday will be my first day “back to school”. I’ll be in Oulu the rest of the winter and the spring, maybe even all summer. One visit to Helsinki planned in March.
It will be difficult. I’ll be leaving My Love and our cats, friends and family, in Southern Finland. I do not know anyone up north. Some acquaintances only. But.. I hope this course will land me a job in the future, a job that is more challenging than my last one.
I’ve been packing stuff for a week now, trying to decide what to bring with me. Clothes and a little bit of needful things, but also art supplies, hand craft equipment and dvd:s and a few books – most books I take with me is on my Kindle. Also, of course, my laptop.
I will be very lonely there, so I hope to have some time to write and paint. My Love will visit, of course, but most of the time I will be alone. I guess I could try to make friends there, but I really do not want to. I love my friends, but I have enough of them. I have a hard time already, trying to visit them, write them and so on. I’m not very good at “the social thing”, I’m more of a loner. I hope to make contacts when it comes to hopes of future employment, but not on a friend-level.
I’ve got a room in the attic of an old house. Kinda great. I loved my gran’s attic when I was a child, and after she moved from the house with the attic (in the 90’s I think), I have not had any attic to go to. My mum had a little attic for a couple of years, but it was a new one and not that old, charming kind where you actually can spend some time.
It won’t be any kind of luxury living, but it might be a great experience.
I’ll just miss My Love and my cats sooooooooo much… and friends and family too, of course.