Of Meatballs and Hair dryers (that will transform into other hair care products)...
I went for a walk and ended up heading to the direction of the Kamppi Mall/Bus/Metro Station. The first store I saw was the a "professional" hair products store....the prices were certianly of that quality, though I don't know about the products. I ended up not getting the conditioner I needed because it was all too expensive. I did buy a small portable hair dryer (that I returned later).
I then wandered around a bit and found section of nicer than food court looking resturants....they were expensive -_-;...it's like you can't get a meal here for under 12 euro! I ended up going to a small fairly crowded looking italian place and order Mama's Meatballs and a cider. Both were delicious and out to me in under 10 minutes. I might have paid 17 euro (19 with tip since it was so fast I was generous), but it was delicious! Best spagetti and meatballs I've ever had really. I then went home and putzed around a bit more before heading to bed.
The next day I woke up, showered and headed out to the immigration office to get my residence permit put in my passport. I got to the right metro stop alright. Incidently their metro is a bit odd in that there are no people and nothing to stop you from entering on the metro without a ticket....the tickets for people without a card is just a reciept...no scanner or anything. After I got off I had to figure out how to get to the address. I spent about 10 minutes lost in what looked like an eastern european soviet block industrial nightmare. I finally found the street I wanted which was appreviated on the map (the appreviate after about the 10 letter otherwise it won't all fit) and got to where I needed to be. I had to hang out for an hour and wait for the guy who knew my situation. I got to see some interesting characters come in :). I then basically gave him my passport and was told to come back tomorrow to pick it up.
That done, I headed back to the apartment . On the way back I stopped to pick up some groceries at a small market by the metro stop. 17 euro later I had managed to buy the cheapest perpared sandwhich I could find (tuna) and some conditioner (finally) some bananas, a yogurt drink, bread, peanuts, cookies, a coke zero, a shopping bag, toilet paper and possibly something else I'm forgetting. Needless to say it wasn't cheap, but I needed some groceries.
I went back to the apt, had lunch and did some internet surfing and then decided to head to the school and check out the campus since I was planning on meeting up at the tram in front for a helsinki tram tour later that evening and I wasn't sure where it was. This turned out to be both a good idea and bad idea. I spent at least a good hour getting lost and thinking I was on the right street when names changed or numbering got wierd...and it was raining so the whole time I kept thinking...damn I need to buy an umbrella! Eventually I found it (it's so close to my apt it's crazy). I then had an hour and some I went back to the apt (the long way) and came across a gas station called ABC!Burger....I kid you not it was like a smaller sheetz. All of the sudden I was transported to the US, except for the Finnish speak of course. It even had that gas station type smell of stale donuts and linoleum with the ever present hum of multiple refrigeration untils working hard to keep your beverage of choice as cold as possible. I grabbed a water and a snickers and headed up to the register. The image was perfected when a foreigner came in for help with the gas pump and a Finnish girl switched to english easily with barely any accent detectable *face vault*.
After that wierd geographical warp I headed back to the apt to kill an hour until the tour. When I headed back out and found the tour in the nic of time it occured to me that this was the tour for the freshman finnish students and was therefore going to be in Finnish. Some young Finnish boys were nice enough to translate a bit. I didn't think about that since I had read about it on the english student union site. It wasn't a very good tour and the Finnish guys assured me that it was pretty bad in Finnish so I wasn't missing much. I did get to see some of the city I hadn't before though so that was nice.
At that point I was wiped so I came back to the apt and had a dinner of peanuts, yougurt and banana, read for a few hours and went to bed.
Next post will be about today and how the hell I'm not going to broke in this country?!?