Monday, August 18, 2014

Kazbegi

On the top of Kazbegi, Gergetis Sameba
Today we went to Gergetis Sameba monastery on the top of Kazbegi mountain. This time traffic did not seem as crazy as in the first time even though our driver was passing constantly cars in front of us. The road was in better shape than between Kutaisi and Tblisi. In the last post I forgot to mention that cars are constantly honking the horns. Once we faced the road going up to the mountain with the monastery I experienced the most bumpy ride of my life. The car had to go really slowly because of the extremely bumpy road. Finally when we reached the top of the mountain the view was amazing.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

First impressions from Georgia

Today I arrived to the airport of second biggest city of Georgia called Kutaisi. My friend Ani picked me up and we took mini bus directly to Tbilisi. The road goes through mountains with great mountain landscapes and a road with lot of curves. Though it was hard to enjoy the landscapes as driving was a bit too extreme. The driver was all the time looking opportunities to pass slower cars in front of us, often there were 3 cars side by side even though there were only 2 lines and cars did not respect much the line separating two drive lanes. Luckily we survived and I have to say that taking train next time would be safer option. In addition to our race car driver, the road was also in surprisingly bad condition. There is an ongoing construction to make better road between Kutaisi and Tbilisi. As my friend Ani says the road to success is always under construction

Despite the crazy driving culture Georgian people are pretty hospitable. In the airport friendly Georgian security officer helped us to find right bus and made sure that driver would offer us something to eat on the way to Tbilisi.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Maternity leave in Poland

Yesterday I got surprised when one lady from our office announced that she is going to maternity leave. Why did I get surprised? well, because I had not noticed anybody in the office who looks like being pregnant. I found out that in Poland you can start maternity leave already after being pregnant one month. You do not get actually an official maternity leave but doctor writes you a sick leave until you give birth. In Poland it is normal that while being pregnant you get a sick leave. In Finland you have to work and you get the maternity leave just few months before giving birth.

I found out also that abortion is illegal in Poland. Though I have been told that there are some illegal clinics where you can get the job done.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Street Art






Despite the ugly grafitis you can also see well done street art in Poland. Today it was a sunny day so I rode around the city center and took pictures of visible street art.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Dressing room behaviour

In Poland I have been going to gym and playing floorball in a team. Naturally after doing sports you take a shower. I noticed that in Poland everybody likes to walk to shower in their underwear and take them off once they are in the shower. As in Finland you remove all of your clothes and put a towel around you if you want to cover yourself on the way to the shower.

Monday, April 21, 2014

5 Reasons why I do not like traveling



Camden London

I think that I have traveled a decent amount so far. As I have lived in 5 different countries you could assume that I love to travel but here I have listed 5 things why I do not like traveling so much.

1. You cannot practice sport. I like to play floorball, football, volleyball or something else but during travelling practicing sports is more challenging.
2. You have to catching public transportation. When I decide to travel somewhere I am most worried if I arrive on time to airport, train station or bus station. Once I have caught the transportation I can relax.
3. A lot of walking. Travelling involves usually a lot of walking around from one spot to another and I am not a big fan of walking. I rather go by bicycle.
4.You just see a little scratch of the local life. When you just travel and not actually live in the place you cannot get to know the place and people very well. By staying at least few months you get to know the place, people and the culture much better.
5. Tourist spots. Traveling involves often visiting many sight seeing spots and museums. I am not very interested in museums or waiting a long time in a line to see some little object.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Graffitis

Few graffitis
In Poland you can see many ugly graffitis.You can find grafifittis on the walls of flats, on the walls or basically on any public building. Graffitis have been covered maybe few times but soon there is another one done on the covered one. Especially graffitis of Widzew and Łks are popular. Widzew and Łks are the local football clubs. So there is very little respect on the buildings in
Poland.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Beautiful Polish Women

Polish women have the reputation of being the most beautiful women of the world. One Mexican friend of mine even stated that 80 % women could be considered good looking. I think that the beauty of Polish women is exaggerated. Though I admit that style of Polish women is more feminine compared to style of Finnish women. Especially during the night all women are wearing a nice dress and high heels. Also during the day high heels are much more common in the street picture of Poland than in Finland. It is also rare to see alternative looks what you can see in Hel Looks. Having colored hair is also quite common like in Finland. All women are not skinny and you can see naturally women of all sizes.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Ekstra league finished

League phase of Polish Ekstra league is now finished. There are three teams which are superior compared to other teams. The rest of the teams are quite equal but clearly behind the top teams. Our team ULKS Jozefina finished last by collecting 5 points. In the play offs we will face league winner MUKS Zielonka. Our chances to win against Zielonka are tiny.

I started the season as a left winger and played last 6 matches as a defender. I made 3 goals and assisted 5 in 14 league matches. Playing as a defender was more enjoyable because I could have the ball much more. Probably the stick handling is not the biggest problem of the team. I see looking free space and moving without the ball much bigger problem.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Some snow

Finally some snow which seems to stay more than just one day on the ground. I saw also few snow plows taking care of the snow. At least here they seem to be taking better care of the snowy streets than in Turkey. Though I noticed that here they use a lot of salt compared to Finland. Salt makes snow melt and therefore riding a bike was much more harder on wet snow than it would be on hard snow. Bike lane and pedestrian street was not taken as good care as in Finland so I think I will be using public transportation instead of bike when there is snow on the ground.