The reason for me writing in English is 16% so my travel buddies can understand and 84% out of total selfish reasons haha. I’m gonna write my IELTS (international English language testing system test.. catchy) in a couple of weeks and I know my weakest sides are writing and spelling. Who can really blame me? This language’s spelling is messed up. That’s the beauty with Finnish, you spell everyting excatly the way it’s pronounced. Besides that the Finnish language is totally messed up too.
So I thought I would write a (few, maybe) posts in English just to prepp my writing skills. At the same time my English speaking friends, who get scared everytime they see åäö, have a chance to catch up with me. On one condition, all native English speakers have to correct my spelling mistakes. Drag me down!
One of these travel-buddy-native-English-speaking friends of mine shared a link on facebook the other day. ”21 things that happen when you get back from travelling and realise the real world sucks”. I don’t agree with everything but some things are painfully accurate haha. My idea is to share the list, and my point of views, with you guys. So you have time to do anyting else but to read this today I decided to remove eight of the statements, the remaining you have here:
3. You’ll actually quite miss sleeping on a bunkbed
Turns out there’s nothing quite like the eternal fear that you’ll either fall to your death (if you were top bunk) or be crushed to death (if you were bottom bunk).
Omg YES. Those sneaky, creaky, not-ergonomic beds actually got me. God damn.
5. Everything is expensive
You’re used to getting your feet massaged for the price of a pint of milk, not spending six hours’ wages on one meal out, thanks.
a) I live in Finland. Of course everything cost you a month’s salary and a liter of blood.
b) I wouldn’t say caving, canyoning and bundgy jumping every other day was hella cheap either haha.
6. ”Which was your favourite place?”
Gets asked ALL the time, as if you’re actually supposed to be able to answer. Look, I hiked up an ice glacier and I swam with sharks and I climbed a volcano and I sailed around the Whitsundays and now I’m in a Wetherspoons talking to you people again. Not had time to rank them all, thanks.
Yup. Yupyupyup. I actually did hike by a glacier, swam with sharks, hiked a volcano and sailed haha!
7. The thought of finding a job is soul destroying
The concept of routine just doesn’t work for you these days.
What are you talking about? I was craving for a single routine in my life.
8. So is having £6 to your name
I thought memories were supposed to be priceless? These ones were far from it.
Hahaha. Well I expected the trip to be pricey, I just didn’t release how expensive coming home would be. I guess insurance, gas, bills, tests and flights to see your friends in Europe aren’t free after all.
9. You’ve forgotten social etiquette
You hadn’t remembered the death stares you’d get for daring to even smile at a stranger over here; you’re still in hostel-mode, which means anyone and everyone is a potential best friend.
HAHA. I literally sat down by a starger’s table and started talking to them as if I had known them for ages on my first night out back home. Neither my friends or the stangers thought this was behaviour was normal.
12. You feel uncomfortable drinking from a glass like a civilised human being
Sandcastle buckets, goon bags, plastic cups, plastic bottles. All yes when travelling. You’re not even sure your hands still know how to hold a proper wine glass these days.
Anything besides my water bottle feels superfancy.
13. Everyone seems to dress very smartly.
Whereas all your clothes have been so well worn that they’re riddled with holes and you’re still finding sand in the pockets.
I actually have more than three t-shirts to choose from? I have JEANS? Fascinating. I guess I can take something else but my nike shots then. What was that? I’ve worn this jumper seven days in a row and you think I should wash it? Don’t be silly.
14. You struggle spending time alone
You had firmly subscribed to the herd-mentality you developed while travelling, so you’re not quite sure why everyone back here is so obsessed with alone time. Not being surrounded by people freaks you out.
There were a couple of terrified moments alone in the car yes haha.
15. You’ve reached new levels of nostalgia
If people knew how frequently you scrolled through your own Instagram feed they’d diagnose you with narcissistic personality disorder. But those sunset shots just get you every time.
I. I.. I don’t. Usually I don’t. Okay, yes, maybe sometimes I watch some old pictures but that’s only because of my.. my uhm.. Screw this.
16. You’re friends have all moved on
It’s not like they’ve forgotten you, but while you’ve been off gallivanting around the globe, they appear to have got themselves jobs, flats, stable relationships and a sense of maturity. It’s unnerving.
Friend 1: I got a full time job. And a six week break this summer.
Friend 2: I got a month paid vacation. Oh that’s right, on top of that I got 8 more days of vacation to use.
Friend 3: Well I started working in January so I only got a week paid vacation.. But I took another week leave of absence so I atleast have two weeks off.
Friend 1 & 2: Bummer!
Me: What is this va-ca-ti-on they’re all talking about?
19. You panic about not knowing where your passport is at all times
Turns out having a flight to catch every five minutes can do wonders for your organisational skills.
WELL I AM NOW
21. But ultimately, there’s no place like home
And a bloody good cup of tea.
Can I just say who missleading the heading ”..and realise the real world sucks” was haha? Yeah I love Finland and my hometown yadi yadi ya. Give me a few months, then I’m back in the game.
Number of times I checked my spelling on google: 18
Make that 19, I just had to see if ”google spelled” was a word haha.