Finally.. Im home, i have never felt this kind of pleasure of being home, seeing my own room, hugging my own bed and seeing my whole family and friends. Coffee here tastes amazing and the weather is cold and i absolutely love it.
My last week at work went really well, i also did my skills demonstration which also went really well.
Even though i am happy that i am home, its also really sad that i had to leave the island. I am really going to miss everyone back there, i had a really great time with everyone and i even made a few promises to go back there for vacation.
Okay, so our last week is starting tomorrow and these last three weeks in here have been busiest so far. Now that the season is changing and all the tourists start roaming the streets in here, all the shops that have been closed for the winter are again opening their doors for the public, and as an electrician it has been busy as hell.
The work i´ve done this past week has been has been fun and at the same time a bit stressing because of all the rush, im so tired after running from place to place and the heat is also quite overwhelming. Luckily theres always the weekends when you get to relax a little bit
We have been in many places and the local fire department was one of them, we had to install a lot of LED-string inside the fire-equipment doors, it took nearly a week to install the LED´s to nearly all of the firetrucks
We also have had quite a few aircondition installing jobs, which are always a huge pain in the ass because you have to work on the roof and theres always so hot. And the consumption of water has been absolutely enormous, you HAVE to drink like 3 liters of water during working hours or things are gonna go south really quickly, especially if the work you´re doing is something that requires a lot of physical strenght.
I still cant stop admiring the views everyday at work.
We have visited a lot of places during our free time and on weekends, the tourism students took us on a bus trip through the island and showed us some great little towns and we had a really nice time. This is a scenery from one of the towns (i dont remember which one)
Also they took us to visit a small church in one of the villages. This one is called Sant Ines (all of the churches are named after a saint).
The beginning of the week was quite interesting, we were at Ibiza town and we had to move a distribution center (jakokeskus) of some sort a few meters and this guy Arved that i always work with needed to cut the cables while there still was tension.
Thank god he wore protective rubber gloves because as he was cutting the cables one by one then suddenly there is this huge goddamn bang and a flash of light. There must have been some kind of short circuit going on in one of the phases because otherwise that wouldnt have happened.
Now im glad that he didnt even suggest that i would cut those cables. The scissors melted together and Arved had some burnmarks in his elbows and propably some sort of a lifelong trauma but loppu hyvin kaikkihyvin.
After that i came down with a slight fever and spent nearly rest of the week just chilling and drinking noodle soup. But somehow i recovered just in time for saturday when i promised to go out with few of the guys i met at our school visit. They showed me around the city and they also showed me this one place in Talamanca where there is a huge cliff with a great view to the ocean.
So.. One month has gone by and i really like it here, the weather is always good and the people are very kind. The first two weeks were kind of slow, because i needed some time to adjust to this new lifestyle, i didnt really do anything except eat, sleep and go to work.
Im working at a company called Medori electricidad, all of the guys there are great, they dont really speak english that much except the boss and this one german guy, Arved that i have been working with. So far i have done pretty basic stuff, like pulling cables and making cable routes, addin a few plug lines and switches. Like for example, last week we had to put a new main line to someones house
Also there was a case where we had to go to this wood wholesale place where they had a huge woodcutting machine giving a amlfuction code and wouldnt let the machine run, so we had to fix it by calling the german manufacturer for information about the machine.
There was also a pretty large fire in here, it was some kind of a “forest” or a field under natural protection, there was a lot of people filming it, heres a few photos
on our free time we have visited a lot of beaches and coffee shops, we also went to Ibiza town to check out some shops for some souveniers and to check out the harbor in there, theres also the “old town” which is absolutely beautiful with its old buildings and Dalt Vila today we went to visit the local school which was a lot like our school in some ways, the students there were a few years older than me but i already made friends. They gave us a small tour of the campus area and made us some traditional spanish snacks. they all seemed wonderful, they were polite and very social. We talked a lot about the island and finland and places to visit if they ever come to finland etc, etc.
I like all the people in here very much because they are the exact opposite of a “traditional finnish person”. I dont think i have met anybody so far who wouldnt talk to me, even when i go to the store i always get to talk a lot with the guy who owns the shop, or for example when i went to order coffee from a coffee shop and of course i was trying to order it in spanish and i said it somehow wrong, then the coffee guy spent like legit 7 minutes teaching me how to order it correctly in spanish and explaining how i said it slightly wrong, it was hilarious. Its a shame im starting to get used to the coffee here, at first it was so sweet and creamy and yuck and if you ordered the coffee black, it came in a half a shot glass and tasted like death. Its gonna take me a long time to get used to the taste of finnish coffee again.
I really like it in here, i hope the next 4 weeks will be just as enjoyable as these past wekks have been
So… We had a very nice trip to the Czech Republic to a city called ustí nad labem and we met so many awesome people there. It really was really an amazing and educational trip. the city of ústi was absolutely beautiful, it had some “not so good areas” but there were so many mountains that there was always a great view anywhere you looked
This is us at the Prague Airport. There were 7 of us altogether. 6 students and our teacher.
There was 1 third year student and 1 ICT student with us, so not everyone were from my class
On our first night we got to our dorm, we were all really exhausted and went straight to sleep. The beds were hard and squeaky, but the pillows were as huge as the door which was nice and really helped to get you to sleep. On the next day we woke up early in the morning and went to study the area that we lived in, it was ghetto as hell but still kind of nice. Our so called “guides” from the schools that were going, warned us about the gypsy families living in the area. They told us to be careful at nights because they have always been a problem there.
The same day we met our first Czech friends Lukás and honza, they were awesome. They did everything with us and we also met other great people thanks to them. We did basicly everything with our friends. We went to the mall, bowling, mcdonalds, teahouses and everywhere. The teahouses were awesome. We were so mad about not having teahouses like those in finland. They looked like someones home from the outside but inside they were really nice and big, they had huge couches everywhere and there always smelled really nice. There was always like a group of 20 people with us in there, i mean we made so many new friends there and it was just great.
We also went sightseeing many times with our friends, there were a lot of sightseeing towers in ústí. Here is a picture from one of them
Of course we also went to school there. On the first week we did some basic electical installations, the same kind we did in our first year at our school. We also did some electronics and such.. the teachers didnt speak english very well but luckily we had translators from our class Jakub and Daniel.
On our second week at school we did dome pressure air systems called pneumatics and some metalwork.