Saturday, March 30, 2013

The Great Escape

Fourth day in Finland -

Greg, Sam, and I decide to have a nice brunch at a cute little cafe downstairs from our temporary apartment. Brunch is going well, food is good, baby is happy. Then I hear a weird noise and think to myself, "it sounds like they have a tiger back there." No, it's no tiger, it's our dog howling his face off.

Me: "That noise, it's Bona."
Greg: laughs
Me: laughs and cringes 

We are just guessing that since we are so close to our place, we must just be hearing him from the apartment. We joke that he's in the courtyard outside, but decide that, that's not possible.

The rest of the meal we discuss whether or not we will continue our day or go upstairs and check on him. Since the barking is continuous and Sam seems tired we decide to head back into the apartment. Upon our arrival, we discover that Bona is in the main hallway. Luckily, some very nice neighbors are also there, they explain that Bona has escaped the apartment three times and they have kept putting him back.

The reason Bona was able to escape the room we put him in was because of the door handle, which he was easily able to jump up and hit, the main door to the apartment also has a handle like this. Knobs would have kept him in.

Bona is going in the crate for a while and we owe our neighbors some wine.

Judgment: Our dog is too smart and we are idiots.

A List for Moving to Finland

Here is a very general list of the things that needed to be done to move to Finland:

Our belongings
 1. Sell Condo/House and car
2. Obtain passports and other paper work
3. Doctor visits - obtain any needed prescriptions and paperwork
4. Decide on shipping methods/company
5. Plan for child care in Finland - daycare, babysitter
6. Buy clothing and products that you would like/need while abroad
7. Buy adapters, most of your electronics and appliances will not work
Our friends singing a going away song :(
8. Find out what is needed to fly your dog - call the airline
9. Coordinate with your vet for the paperwork and vaccinations needed for the dog
10. Say goodbye to your friends and family
11. Find a place to live in Finland
Waiting for our flight
12. Find temporary housing for when you first arrive and none of your belongings are there yet
13. Complete paperwork once in Finland gain access to childcare, transportation cards, supermarket cards, and a bank account
14. Coordinate with the movers to bring your belongings into your new place and unpack
We're on our way to Finland!