December 16, 2005

In Finland again

wow, here i am again, back in finland. its only been three months since i last was here, but it feels like so much more. i feel strange meeting up with my friends at the coffee shops i used to go to all the time, almost as if i had suddenly been misplaced in time. in many ways its wonderful, we still manage to pick up on the same conversations almost as if i hadnt been living some place else for the past two years, but then all the not so little changes that have happened start to creep into the conversation, people have graduated and have started to work real adult jobs, someone's had a baby, or two, they've met new partners and old one's have gone, old group's of friends have disbanded. its a bit disconcerting especially for my still very jetlagged brain. this time i decided to skip the melatonine and try doing yoga instead in the mornings. it actually worked great yesterday, but today i was too lazy to go after having got in at 2am from a gig, and now i still feel half asleep at 4pm. but the band, the soundtrack of our lives, was definitely worth it.

tonite i've been invited to a party, i'll have to see which kind of pre-christmas party it turns out to be. the "pikkujoulu" (little christmas) parties are something of an institution here, every little club and organization, as well as workplace and group of friends tends to organize one. and they're pretty much all the same, usually you end up spending the night with people you dont necessarily know that well or would hand out with normally getting too drunk on glogi, a type of mulled wine you put almonds and raisins in.

a friend of mine just sent me this fairy-tale guide to finnish "pikkujoulu":
* Lord of the Rings -pikkujoulu:
You remember saying good-bye to your friends, meeting dwarves, fighting a lot, talking to trees, walking hellish distances and loosing your ring by throughing it down the sewer behind the main church.
* Kristoffer Kolumbus -pikkujoulu:
You don't know where you were going, and when you get there you dont know where you are, but the government paid for it all.
* Cinderella-pikkujoulut:
You come home without (even) the other shoe.
* Sleeping Beauty- pikkujoulut:
You pass out for a hundred year. You may wake up to someone kissing you, but you can bet its not a prince.
* Snow White-pikkujoulut:
You wake up in the morning inbetween seven men.
* Little Red Riding Hood-pikkujoulut:
You wake up in the morning next to grandmother. Extra points if its someone esle's grandmother.
* Winnie the Pooh -pikkujoulut:
You're so stiff in the morning that you cant reach your toes and your teeth feel like you'd washed them with hunny. The situation is made even worse by your over-energetic friend, who woke up without any kind of hang-over and is now jumping around manically around your apartment.
* Goldilocks-pikkujoulut:
You wake up to your partner asking "Who has slept in my bed?"
* Traditional Finnish pikkujoulu:
Your wallet is empty, you've lost your cell phone, tango delirium is still ringing in your head and you're afraid to see who's snoring beside you.


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