赫爾辛基CS Host Mervi
Helsinki CS Host Mervi
Mervi是芬蘭人，她在鄉村成長，小時候幫手落田種菜，不過長大後對園藝再無興趣，與奧斯陸的Oksana一樣，因為「I had had enough when I was kid…」，似乎小時候有農耕經驗的人，對務農的艱苦都印象深刻呢。
This is Mervi, my second CS Host in Helsinki. She is knitting.
Mervi is a Finn. She was grown up in country and had helped on farm when she was a kid. She has no interest neither farming nor gardening now because ‘I had had enough when I was kid…’ just like Oksana in Oslo. It seems that people who has farming experience when they were kids can’t forget the hardship as farmers.
Mervi and her whole family are Protestants. Her parents are still living in the country but all the children moved out. Mervi has 2 sisters and 1 brother and they are all in good relationship. Mervi and her brother just went to Norway for a leisure travel and she lives close to her two sisters. One of her sister gave birth to a baby boy recently and Mervi always babysitting her nephew and loves it very much.
Mervi worked in laboratory but has been unemployed for a year and receiving unemployment assistance fund from the government and did not suffer in a poverty life. Although Finland has a high tax rate but its welfare policy is really well-designed.
Mervi loves knitting. Scarf, gloves, sweater, socks, pad… she can knit EVERYTHING. She is a genius knit artist! She gave me a pair of gloves and socks, I really love them!
Mervi brought me to Suomenlinna Island. It is a World Heritage and free entry. Finland was once belong to Sweden. Sweden built Suomenlinna about 200 years ago to resist Russia but Russia controlled Suomenlinna eventually and Finland became part of Russia. Russia kept on building the Suomenlinna. Suomenlinna became a tourist spot when peace came after Finland independent around 1920.
Mervi is an easy-going, kind-hearted and gentle person. We were picnic in Suomenlinna and sitting on rocks eating breads with a 180 degrees sea view, we were playing hand shadow in the dark long tunnels in Suomenlinna and we were listening hymn in the church. Mervi doesn’t want to go to paid spots so we visit lots of places that doesn’t be written on the tourist guide, AND IT’S MORE FUN!
The North Europeans are really helpful. I have a 4-wheels big luggage and I don’t have to drag my luggage except flat road in North Europe. There are always helpful hands if I have to carry the big luggage going up or down the stairs. These helpful hands are men or women, old or young. They are so helpful that the weak (me with a big luggage) don’t have to ask for help and they are always ready to help (with the luggage). They help and don’t ask for praise (they just walk away after helping with my luggage and I don’t even have time to say thank you) The North Europeans are really good in observation and helpful!