Dealing with immigration office is intimidating no matter which country:). I had to extend my resident permit this year (the first resident permit is given only for one year). I can submit everything online (and compared to US immigration, is much easier) but still need to have an in-person appointment. I think all immigration offices are designed to be a little daunting. They are usually very quiet even with half a dozen people in the waiting room. Even if logically it is supposed to be a simple thing, I went there 15 minutes early, checking everything 10 times. Good thing is, I got 3 emails and 3 text messages reminding me of the appointment so I cannot forget:)
Since my permit is “family-based”, last year, My husband accompanied me to immigration office. In the little room we went to meet the immigration officer, I saw this picture in the window. And the immigration officer that day happened to be a woman who actually told me I could have come alone and don’t need husband to accompany me even if my permit is family-based. Lol.
We do get quite a bit of snow every winter. Snowplows come and do their job pushing snow out of the streets so cars can drive and people can walk. In suburbs, like our home, snow gets piled up high during winter and stays there till spring to melt. But in the city, especially downtown, there isn’t enough space to pile up snow. I used to see trucks come by and pick up the snow from sides of the streets and wondered where it all goes. Last year I found answer to that question. I am not sure if there are multiple sites such as these for the city but it’s fascinating to see snow piled up higher and higher through out the season and watch it shrink smaller in spring. Here’s a small video of the big snow pile.
This year February seems to be quite warm. Snow started melting a little. The ice skating rink close to our home became a icy puddle. Scary to even walk on it but looks pretty don’t you think..
For the last few years, every time I visited Tampere, I saw construction going on especially in downtown. I read about parking being built under the city but reading and seeing are two different things!. I never realized they were building such huge structure under the city nor do i still understand why we need so much parking. The structure is incredible though.. With a cave look to the ceiling and two levels of parking!. They have multiple entrances and exits leading to different parts of the downtown!
Yet another totally random thing I did in the last couple of weeks? My in-laws have a working farm house with cows and fields, the whole nine yards. One of the cows gave birth to a baby calf. In Finland they usually make oven pancakes with the extra milk you get on the first day. In India we make dessert from first day milk which is quite firm but my favorite is the dessert we make from second day milk, clumpy, sweet goodness. My MIL was sweet to save some of the second day’s milk and send it with us when we visited last so I got to make the dessert and savor it. Yum!