Friday, November 2, 2012

Staying

Going through old posts here and I don't think I've actually said on here that we are officially staying in Finland. 

Late in the summer, the Chief was offered a permanent job at his company, a different role to what he has been doing, but something he's been wanting to get into for a while. The post required no previous experience, so he has a chance to learn by doing and get plenty of experience, so if we want to go back to Scotland in the future he'll be able to step into a better role with more opportunities. Working for the European Commission is a great way to get considered for better jobs with other government agencies, all over Europe as well as the UK. The post starts with a 5 year contract, but it's considered a permanent role. 

After the initial shock and regret, we have pretty much accepted it now. We came on this journey thinking it would only be for a year, maybe two. It would be a fun adventure that we could look back on and tell the kids about when they were older. Returning home to Scotland was always the light at the end of the tunnel. 

But it's now been two and a half years and Scotland has become the fairy tale, the holiday destination. It saddens me as I wanted my children to be raised Scottish, but for all its warts and all the difficulties of settling in here, Finland is now our home and for the most part it works. It is the best option for us right now and we plan to make the most of it. 

Now if I could only learn this bloody language. Toivotan meille onnea.

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