30 June 2007.
How to begin to write a final blog entry? With a question, it seems. It has been five months since I arrived in Italy, and in a short while I will be back in Helsinki.
But a quick summary of what I’ve been doing lately. The weather has been warm, and some days really hot. That was perfect for a day at the beach. I went to Pisa for a couple of days to visit a friend who took me for a tour of the city for one day and to the beach the second. Great fun was had and surprisingly little pale Finnish skin burnt.
A few days ago we walked the Czech girls to the station. Of the people who stayed for the whole spring, they are the first ones to leave. It’s emotional, but all of us seem to have something to which to look forward. And in a way Florence is an easy place to leave. Even though you may become used to living here, it does not feel like a real city, a place to call home.
And in some ways, even though I never thought I would say it, I miss being in Helsinki. It’s not that I think it is so much better than any other city in the world, but that I am so accustomed to living there. I cannot live without the good things in Helsinki, and I think I can learn to live with the unpleasant things. And I have a feeling that Helsinki, unlike Florence, is only going to get better in the future.
So, insomma, what do I think about my time here? There’s not much to say about my studies, but I am very happy to have come and to have seen what it’s like to live in an Italian city. Yet, as must be obvious by now, it does not make me sad to leave. I will return to Italy, perhaps eventually to live here. But I see many things differently from the way I saw them five months ago, and I know where I need to be right now. Is it too pretentious to describe this as a minor rebirth, un piccolo rinascimento?