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Submitted by msameer on Fri, 16/02/2007 - 4:26pm

I've seen my new apartment today. It's more of a studio with a bathroom and a kitchen.
Tomorrow I'll have to move from the hotel to it. I can stay for a few days but I'll be paying tax for that so I need to move.
I need to move mythings alone.
I need to go buy food alone.
I need to discover my way from home to the office and from the office to the home (Bus 106 buy so what ? I somehow know where the bus stop near my home is but still!) alone.
Tomorrow is the weekend. I have to be at the office by Monday.

Damn it. I know I must pass by this but this is hard...


Submitted by Al-Basha (not verified) on Fri, 16/02/2007 - 6:34pm

Mohammed it's great to see you have settled down in Helsinky. Living alone and in a brand new country is always difficult. I can try and recommend some things to you:

1. Try to find some other Egyptians or Arabs in the local area. Probably the best place for this is at the local masjid as it is too cold out there right now to find them anywhere else.

Check this site out for a list of masajid in Helsinky. http://www.islamicfinder.org/cityPrayer.php?country=finland

2. Consider learning Finnish. Speak to your human resources department about getting a teacher who speaks English and Finnish so that you can take some lessons.

3. Ride the bus around on the weekend and learn the bus routes.

Good luck to you and you will be in our prayers always!


Submitted by matias (not verified) on Fri, 16/02/2007 - 7:01pm

Hey Mohammed!

here's a couple of links to get you around helsinki:
map: http://kartta.hel.fi/opas/main/default.asp?lang=en
bus/train/tram/underground route planner: http://aikataulut.ytv.fi/reittiopas/en/

or you can just call me ;)

- Matias

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