30 Hours on a Ferry – My move to Finland (Storytime)

30 Hours on a Ferry – My move to Finland (Storytime)


Get yourself a tea, coffee or maybe snack coz this is gonna take a while. Whoopsie All right, I thought it’s time to
tell you guys about the story of my move to Finland, how it went, how it felt for
me and why it was a little bit stressful and how everything turned out pretty
well in the end. So I think we might even need to go way back like beginning of
this year or even like the end of 2018 maybe because around that time Lilian
and I we spent lots of time in Helsinki and we also kind of decided that one day
we want to live in Helsinki but since I started a new job in November 2018 and
Lilian graduated in December yeah December 2018, we agreed that it might be
the smartest move to live in Germany for a while because you know I had the job,
she just graduated so she didn’t have a job and it wouldn’t make such a big
difference whether she’s looking for a job from Finland or from Germany. So in
March 2019, she moved in with me and basically started applying for jobs
within the first week. In the beginning she mainly applied for jobs within our
state that we lived in but you have to know it’s the smallest state in Germany,
my home state and I always feel like things are a little bit behind there so
applications weren’t really successful that’s why she also started applying in
Luxembourg for example cause we live quite close to Luxembourg. She also
applied in Frankfurt and some other bigger cities so
she’s been applying for months and months and months and basically has
never gotten any response to her applications. And after a while, after a
few months it got quite frustrating so we decided why not just apply, just for
fun, in Finland as well. But same thing here, she kept applying for months and months and months basically on a daily basis,
she sent out applications and just no response. Remember, she started applying
in March and by October there was basically not a single response through
applications and yeah it was the beginning of October and we were kind of
in that mindset that it’s not gonna happen. We were super frustrated but kinda accepting the fact that it seems like it’s not happening but we were like, well
maybe next year. Maybe summer next year you will get a
job. We then focused even more Finland and decided maybe let’s start saving up
and by the end of next year maybe or summer next year we have a little bit of
money so moving wouldn’t be super stressful in case she will get a job and
everything will go smoothly. Until a few days later, Lilian got a super
unexpected call, someone offered her a job interview and long story short,
she got the job and even more exciting is that the job is in Finland. The thing
is she had to start within a week and that is kind of where the stressful time
started. We were kind of brokeish because we just started saving up money
for a potential move to Finland but yeah we had to find flight that we can afford,
that will get her there on time, we had to pack everything into two suitcases
and we had to find her a place to stay. Few days later Lilian is alone in
Finland. I’m alone in Germany and the thing here
is, it was mid-October and I had 14 more days of work because my contract was
about to end. I decided I’m gonna be unemployed in Germany for the very first
time in my life but now with Lilian living in Finland, everything got a bit
more complicated because I cannot be unemployed in Germany when I want to
live in Finland with my girlfriend so overall this was just a very
nerve-wracking time because I only had a couple of days left until my work
contract was about to end, I didn’t know what is going to happen. Am I gonna be
unemployed in Germany but therefore cannot see my girlfriend for a while. Can
I move to Finland? But how am I gonna be able to contribute to rent here?
Should I look for a job in Finland, which is not that easy if you don’t speak the
language. It was just all very confusing and very nerve-wracking but then a few
days before the contract ended, I got the chance to talk to the big boss of our
company and he mentioned a project that he would like to try and within that
project, we found something where I could work on, even from home like even from
Finland so we agreed on a part-time job and I was just amazing because it was
basically all of my problems solved with that one thing. What I didn’t know then
was that once I register in Finland but I’m still working for a company in
Germany, that has no office in Finland, it’s gonna be very complicated with
health insurance, like pension and all the other insurances and taxes. So I
still haven’t figured out what to do and I need to find a solution until January
otherwise I’m gonna be unemployed but that’s kind of a different topic. Let’s
go back to the moving story because because now that we agreed on me
continuing working there, I had to travel as soon as possible because I couldn’t spent like weeks and weeks planning the
move, preparing, packing, selling everything I have because that would
take weeks. So within a very short amount of time, I think it was a week or it may
be like eight days or nine days I had to figure out how to get the Finland. Like
with the plane or take my van and drive all the way or take the van and get on a
ferry. Then I had to decide what is gonna happen with that lady here right next to
me, with my dog as I said before there was no money at all so I had to figure
out how to get money, how to make cash cuz Lilian just started working for a
company and it would take a while until she would get her first salary so
money-wise it was kinda on me, I had to go to flea markets put everything I
owned on eBay. I sold my sofa, my drum set, my TV, kitchen chairs, tables, clothing..Basically everything that
wouldn’t fit in the van and that we couldn’t use here in Finland. So I decided
to travel with the van and ferry. I bought the van in 2018 and and I wanted
to convert it into a camper van but because it was being an ass several
times, I lost my motivation and I have never finished, I started but I have
never finished converting it into camper van but since I decided to travel with
the van now, I decided I’m gonna try finish converting the van. The reason for
that is that I don’t have any tools here, I don’t have any money to buy tools, I
don’t have space to work on the van so I tried to get it as finished as possible.
It’s not completely finished yet but it is quite close so I’m pretty happy about
that but it was super stressful because you have to remember I was still working
full-time until almost the very last day. So after work, I got home and worked on the van but I still had to pack or even figure out what to bring or what to
donate, what to sell. And then try to sell those things.
Between that go to the vet cuz you can’t just bring a dog to another country, you
have to follow some rules for that and it was just very stressful to figure all
of these things out in just a few days. But yeah, everything was kind of going
well it was very stressful but it was all kinda happening. Until the night
before we were supposed to leave. We were working on the van, I think was nine or
something after nine when a filter broke. It’s a very important filter if that
filter is broken, the van doesn’t even drive but since it was also nine in the
evening, there was no one we could ask for help.
There was no shop open so nowhere we could go to and it was also the night my
family came over so we could have dinner together before I leave, we could talk
and you know how it goes. But we still had a little bit of hope. So
next morning and I think it was 7 a.m. when my dad went to a car garage to ask
for the replacement part but they did not have it in stock and neither did any of
the other car garages so we had to order it and just hope for the best
and then I think it was 3 p.m. when it finally arrived, 3 or 4 I don’t know, but very late for the situation we were in because we still had to drive about
800 kilometers to the very north of Germany where my ferry would leave. So we
were kind of panicking, but yeah we got the replacement part and we started our
trip. My dad decided to join me and in the end how we made it in time.
We even had time for a little walk on the beach with the dog it was super nice.
It was just my dad, me and the dog, the last minutes we spent together in
Germany. Then I drove my dad back to the train station because he obviously had
to go back home and I drove to the ferry. The ferry left at 3 a.m. I made it
onto the ferry at midnight which was exciting, I’ve never been on a ferry
before. It’s 3:00 in the morning, I’m on the
ferry and it’s really starting I got here I think at midnight
and tried to take a nap back cuz I was so exhausted because I was so nervous, I am
still nervous. It’s getting super loud every now and they are starting the
engine now Oh my god, we’re leaving! Let’s see
how the journey goes. I just hope it’s not shaky or anything Bye Germany That was a crazy experience
for us, 30 hours on a ferry. It was quite shaky for like eight or
nine hours but we survived and then it was I think eight or nine a.m. like 30
hours later, I saw land for the first time and we arrived in Finland and then
we drove to this flat over here. Oh hey, you are wakey Shake yourself. So in the end all good.
We’re all very happy and things are starting to slowly calm down
which is a nice feeling. And that’s pretty much the story of us moving to Finland. Right, was it exciting? She was by the way,
she was a badass even eight hundred kilometers in the van, in the back of the
van, she mastered like a pro. The 30 hours on the ferry, I think she didn’t
pee for like 25 hours but yeah we were just chilling in our cabin and hiding
from the world and we were a pretty good team. It was a good experience, right,
right baby? Kussi Oh Danke…

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