Slight pre-leaving blues

Slowly but steadily our return to Switzerland comes closer, and with it comes a slight melancholy. During the last months, we managed to settle down, establish a daily routine and, most importantly, made new friends. Finland is a great country to live in and there are many things that I am going to miss. The friendly and supportive approach towards children (where else would you find a small fast food store without any chairs for adults, but a babychair for your offspring?). The landscape with its rocks, birch trees, pines and moss. The seaside and the daily walks along the river. The buildings (and the lanterns next to the front doors). The saunas. The cinnamon buns. Even the weather has been beautiful for the last days –a real feeling of spring took over…about two months early for Finland.

But first and foremost we are going to miss our friends. During the last years, we lived in various places. We made good friends, enjoyed the time, and then we had to leave again because school was over, the semester abroad passed too quickly, the studies were finished, the internship ended, a new job came up somewhere else….I guess it is a modern phenomenon: most of our friends are spread somewhere around the globe. So is our family. And at every new place you got to make new friends. Feels like a never-ending story.

It is a pity because sometimes the distance makes it hard to stay in touch and we would both love to meet up with everyone more often, make them a bigger part in our daily life. Most of our extended family hasn’t even had the chance to meet the little one yet which is really sad.

At the same time, experiencing so many different places is a blessing. Without it we wouldn’t have so many friends in the first place. And we are incredibly happy to know all of you guys! So when we will leave we will do so with an auspicious and a dropping eye and a big thank you to our Finnish and French-Finnish friends.

About erdhummel

Familial entropy - that's an insight into our current life which has been fundamentally changed last summer when our daughter was born. Having studied in Cottbus, Germany, and worked/studied in Edinburgh, Scotland, we momentarily live in a small town in Switzerland where Karsten is trying to save the environment and Freddie is trying to save our sanity. Since there is not much time for elaborate, long emails while doing that, we thought a blog might be a good option to smuggle ourselves into the lifes of our friends.
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2 Responses to Slight pre-leaving blues

  1. Cécile says:

    We will miss you also guys… But I am quite faithful in the fact that the kilometers between us won’t be an excuse for not keeping in touch! Even if it won’t be as easy to share some very nice moments… As you said, it’s kind of a modern way of life, but also a chance to meet as many different people as the places we visit. Let’s enjoy our last days together! Before new ones in any other place around the globe 🙂 (or probably in Europe at least for starters 😉 )

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