Since July I’ve had two homes, one in Switzerland and one in Finland. I now live in Basel, Switzerland where I have a nice apartment within walking distance from the old city center and the Day office where I work. Since arriving here I’ve spent countless hours walking and biking around Basel and neighbouring areas, so I already feel pretty comfortable with the surroundings. Basel is just the kind of place I like, a beautiful city with lots of history and details to discover. And the rest of Switzerland isn’t too bad either. :-)
My other home is back in Finland where Kikka, my future wife, and our two cats, Juuso and Nöpö, live cozily close to the nature. I fly back to stay with them for roughly a week per month, and meanwhile we call each other frequently. I especially love the skype video feed on our cats. This month I’m not flying to Finland, as a week ago Kikka visited me here in Basel and next week we’re both heading to Turkey for a week of vacation together.
Kikka is staying in Finland until she finishes her PhD studies at the sleep lab in Helsinki. She’s doing some kick-ass research on the neurobiological mechanisms of sleep, and while at times I find myself understanding little of what she does, it still sounds totally awesome. I’m so proud of her.
I guess it’s still too early to tell how well this living more than a thousand miles apart thing will work out, but so far I think we’re doing great. I feel that the time we spend apart just makes our days together more special.