I can't believe how fast our summer free travel period went. I had this past week off, and I met up with Anna Kleinsorge (my friend and fellow teammate from Georgetown) in Amsterdam. It was an amazing time to be there, as the Netherlands played in the World Cup Finals, and the excitement was tangible throughout the city - I've never seen so much orange in my life! Anna and I partook in the soccer events, as well as hit up several museums, rented dutch bicycles, and generally just ate our way through the canals. It was a really great break from school.
I flew back to Helsinki Wednesday night and have returned to a heatwave. After dripping with sweat non-stop for two nights in a row (because of course Finland doesn't have air-conditioning), I went to the front desk to ask about a possible room change, since my room faced the sun all day and our window was "broken" (i.e. it wouldn't open all the way). My new room is quite an improvement - one of only a few in the entire complex with a balcony, and a nice view of the water. I'm already living out there.
Tomorrow I return to school for an intensive 3 1/2 week studio project, which I know very little about, just hints here and there. It supposedly is going to be very writing intensive, and more of a collage-type project, so it will be interesting to have the details filled in tomorrow. Somehow in the midst of this, as well, a few of my classmates and I are going to try to squeeze in a trip to Stockholm, which I'm really looking forward to doing. Alright, better get going so I can enjoy my last day of freedom!
Anna and I at Museumplein for the World Cup Finals, sporting our orange pride and fitting right in.
View from my balcony to the water (as requested by my Dad)