The weather is getting better, so Finland is finally starting to get some color. In the month that I’ve been here, I haven’t seen a single blade of grass. However, the last two days have been above freezing so the snow is starting to melt. Maybe sometime soon I’ll get to see the beauty of Finland that people around here have been talking about.
I missed yesterday, so I’ll recap that in ten seconds. We had two trainings, I scored a bunch of goals in each and then I watched 6 hours of Netflix and went to bed.
Today we had training in the morning and it was pretty simple. The coach today though inexplicably debuted a new formation that we’re going to play tomorrow against HJK. We’re going to change from a 4-3-3 formation to a 3-4-3. For those not so technically involved with soccer, that is ridiculous. It essentially causes every single player on the field to have new or expanded roles. In addition, the formation has forced two players in the starting lineup to play in entirely new positions. That’s not a good thing. We’ll be lucky if we don’t get killed tomorrow.
Speaking of the match, I have once again been selected from the pool of trialists to play in the match. I don’t know if I mentioned before, but in the League Cup matches a team may only play two trialists. Last week we had four trialists, but this week we have six, so I’m happy to have been selected once again. I’ve even been selected ahead of the trialists who haven’t had the chance to play in a game yet. I feel like this bodes well for my chances, but getting my hopes up is useless because I have no idea what the coach is thinking. I’m not starting, so I won’t have much time to show my worth. If I do well though, I expect that a contract will be offered pretty soon. Send me positive vibes!
Other than training not much happened today. I spent almost 30 euros today on candy and bakery products at the grocery store, which isn’t even saying all that much because groceries here have freaking heroin prices. A couple of things, notably milk, are quite cheap. However, everything else is very expensive. In Europe, or at least in Scandinavia, food is more expensive in euros than the same food is in dollars in America. For instance, in the US a 2 liter of Coke costs around $1.79. You can argue the number but it’s close enough for my point. Here, they sell 1.5L bottles of Coke for 2.19 euros. Considering that a euro equal about $1.27, that’s a significantly higher price. The same discrepancy goes for essentially all other food. Of all the money that I’ve spent in the 30 days I’ve been here, at least 90% has been on food and train tickets. The good news is that I’m becoming a Top Chef over here and I’m learning to make good meals from the cheapest possible foods!
I’m starting to get used to Myllykoski now that I’ve been here for 10 days or so. I’m not saying that the town is any better than when I got here, I’m just accepting it much better than before. I put a picture of the town center so you can see how slow it is. If I sign a contract here, I will just hole up in my room and watch Netflix all day. Hulu too. I guess if boredom is my biggest problem then I will be able to say that I have a good life. Hopefully I’ll get to that point.
Next time you hear from me I will have played in my second match with MYPA. Hopefully I play well and have good news for you!