Sunday, January 16, 2011


Done. Over. Finished.

After six months it's all come to an end, the last five days dragging on with little involved in the schedual aside from an ending ceremony and a march from Hakaniemi to Senate Square. The rest of the time was spent sleeping, eating, and returning equipment.

Now that I have completed my service time and passed into the reserves, what can I say...

It was LAME.

Now, it wasn't completely terrible, there were moments, but aggregated, the time could have been much better spent. I understand of course that it is not supposed to be enjoyable, but one might wonder, why not?

I don't have the patience or restraint to write more indepth, so, join the army to find out for yourself!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

5 days

The end has almost come with only FIVE days left, I just need to wait out the Christmas/Newyear holidays before I can start those last days.

Ending on the 7th of January 2011.

It wasn't so bad...

Well, it's over, the last camp that is. It was not as bad as I was expecting, though not nearly as fun as I might've hoped.

It started with a LONG drive to Niinisalo, the very same place I did my basic training. The travel time was possibly the biggest low-light of the week. Without adequate heating the two stops, and meager packed lunches were not nearly enough to keep me warm, and mixed with the low ceiling and limited leg room, I was not a happy camper by the end of the trip.

Things picked up, or rather plateau'd once we got to the first camp site. We walked around, located our positions, walked around, found back up positions, walked around, looked at the other teams' positions. Then, as soon as it was dark enough we built our tent and went to sleep.

I don't really remember any specifics for the rest of our time there, and can't say I'm overly keen on pushing myself to recall.

After four nights it was almost over. I had dug my last foxhole, built my last tent, packed my last tent. My last march and equipment cleaning, however, was yet to come.

After another long, uncomfortable, and cold (the heating was actually broken (only-7)) drive we were back in Helsinki, and ready(?) to start the last march. With only 12km and the frozen urban-scape between me and indoor plumbing I was pretty eager to get going, but the closer I got the worse I felt, and by the time that we were crossing the barrier between civilian and military land I was aching, and a little feverish.

We waited in the cold. We stood, we listened, we had our bags, vests, and rifles checked for rogue ammunition, and one by one we were released.

I hurriedly ''packed'' my gear and made for the warmth and electric glow. I dumped everything, washed my hands, and lay in my bed...


Monday, December 6, 2010

Reality in blue-tinted greyscale.

In other news

Winter has arrived (a few weeks back actually) and the people aren't pleased.

I am though (just not during service time!).

Winter has come, quite early it seems, leaving me with no doubt of a white Christmas. So far Seasonal Affective Disorder has not taken hold of me, except during service time, though that might be because of a few other factors... I have been walking, sledding, and building snow people every chance I get. The excitement of finding it's snowing still hasn't worn off either, and is usually followed by the proclamation, 'it's snowing'.

Note: regressing to childlike state of mind while surounded by snow will keep you so warm you won't realise that it's -20 until you colapse from exaustion. This is not necessarily a suggestion.

An example of the above behavior..

Not long now

Time is quickly running out, soon the military adventures will end and all I will have are memories.

Not soon enough, however.

Starting in the summer months with clement weather and a more positive attitude it seems as though things have been going down hill recently. Enjoyment, or at least the ability to willfully ignor the less than agreeable circumstances has been ebbing. As time passes and the weather gets colder the end of this six month stint in the Defence Forces cannot hurry along quick enough.

But, before the end can pass, there is still about four weeks and one five day war simulation to traverse.

Judging from my experience in the last three camps It will not be a cake walk. All three camps have taken place in below 0 temperatures with a bonus of either rain, snow, or both. The most recently conquered camp took place in a consistant 20-30cm of light fluffy snow, which I have since learned is like walking on dry sand. At first it is deceptively easy to trudge through it, it weighs next to nothing and weilds to a snow boot easilly. But try keep pace up a shallow slope, or a grainite hill and the constant slipping makes you feel as though you are moving two steps forward one step back. Mixed with the already heavy equipment, the inability for our 'snow suit' to resist waster, GIANT winter gumboots, and the snow getting inside your rifle melting, refreezing and jamming the machinery everytime you have to dive onto the ground and you will understand that the snow is not your friend.