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Seven hours ahead of Helsinki

My time zone is 7 hours ahead of Vantaa, where the girls are officiating in WWC2013.  That means that a 4pm game is shown on the internet at 11pm our time, and an 8pm game is at 3am.  At least the updated on social media are coming in thick and fast, so there are lots of photographs and other types of news.

I could tell that the officiating crews were focussed, as I slept really well last night and only woke before the 3am game in time to decide whether to wake up the household or not.  I think I have more chances of watching the next game day, although I should have tested it last night, to be sure.

On Wednesday this week, I hope to meet my supervisors about my thesis progress, as I need to sort out where I stand for next Semester.  They probably want me to keep the PhD enrolment as an option, with part-time study for Semester 2 of this year.  In any case, I am completing my counselling course part-time, so it’s not as if I will be short of things to do.

This morning I discovered that Helsinki is a bit like Toronto, I think it is, with part of the city underground, especially heating plants.  Although Helsinki looks very open to the wind and snow in Winter, having swimming pools and bicycle paths underground adds a whole new dimension.

Oh, well, I suppose I had better return to my coding exercise while working out how to explain the huge impact of the results on my thesis!

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Some of us are off to Hesinki today.

The count down for the WWC2013 competition is on and the international women officials are on their way to Helsinki.  I am still writing the final draft of my thesis, so I won’ t be there with them.

I can tell that they are really focussed on the task ahead of them, and that the excitement is turning to adrenaline to help them through the days ahead.  It’s also magical that I am able to focus on my thesis and that things are coming together at this time, of all times.

We have had rainy weather for the last couple of mornings, but the rest of the days have been crisp and mild.  For me, that is perfect writing weather, and perhaps perfect football weather for some.

Our men’s and ladies’ football season starts in August and we are preparing for meetings like the Annual General Meeting.  In the meantime, I just love the updates I am receiving on social media!   They are brilliant.  I am finding out about the check-ins, airport meetings and departure points.  It makes the Helsinki experience that much more interesting.

It’s great that I feel included, even though I will not be there in person.  I will be there in spirit, for sure!