Wednesday, September 1, 2010

So Finland Is really Expensive...

Yeah. I was warned several times about this before I went there, but seriously it was more expensive than New York. The alchohol, the milk products and the real estate costs were the only things cheaper.

My friends and I decided to open a communal kitchen of sorts to fight the strain on our wallets. Most meals consisited of cold cuts, bread, mustard and juice. It wasn't too bad, a bit repetitive though. Somehow, even though I thought I was being frugal, my wallet seemed to get very light towards the end of the week. I needed to figure out a way to make some money.

I implemented two courses of action. The first was being a recycler. It was a pretty highly paid job in finland. Of course you receive no hourly wage, just commision. The hours are great, basically whenever you want, and you are self employed, no boss barking at you to do or not to do something. For ever 2 liter plastic bottle you recieve .40 euro, for the half liter bottles you get .20 euro, and for cans you only get .15.

I made about 100 euros from this job. My other job was more interesting. With the help of chidori's donation of a sign board (emptytriangle.com), I set up a massage booth at congress to help players relieve the stress of playing 5 hour long games. I charged 5 euros for 15 minutes back rub or hand massage. I had 3 customers doing this at a booth.





I was not too succesful until I took my business to the bar that all of congress attendees went to and started offering short massages. Three minutes for 1 euro. I am not sure exactly how many customers I had at the bar. Some paid in drinks. Overall I was pretty happy with the results.

Somehow I made it out of Finland without losing all my money...I must say though Helkinki is amazing.

16 comments:

Anum said...

That was pretty amazing. Recycler hmm good way to earn some money and if i was there with you i would definitely promote you, your massage is really awesome. Aah i miss that. Great job N enjoy your vacations.

mafutrct said...

hehe, cool idea :) too bad i was not there, i surely would have enjoyed a massage ;)

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As a new player in the US, it was definitely awesome to be able to hear about how European Go Congress is in comparison.

Great job on the blog. I'll be following you for sure. Also, quick question too, how do you embed your games into your posts?

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Marcus said...

I have a house in finland and all my relatives are from there. It's so much fun, on vacation anyway, and me and my cousins would spend time in the forest or driving the boat around our lake exploring the islands in it. When I was little I too used to recycle all the bottles in the house, then me and my cousin would gamble it a way at the local S Market.

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