Introducing the Finn

by Kimmo

Hello I’m Kimmo

Yes that’s me standing all naturally on top of a rooftop. And that’s Helsinki in the background. You might have recognised it from the iconic white church. No? Well there’s probably many other things you don’t know about the city. I will try to be your local guide and voice in this blog as we show Audrey the best things in Helsinki. Oh and Finland. We have a pretty peculiar little country. Let’s see how our LA girl finds things here. This should be fun!

Culture shock expected

Little did I know what kind of an adventure I was jumping into when I wandered off on my own at Burning Man. Almost three years later and we’re still enjoying the ride and ready to start a new chapter in our lives here in Helsinki.

I’ve tried to prepare Audrey for the culture shock she’s going to experience here, well in advanced. After our first year together, I even got her the book 101 Very Finnish Problems which was written by a British expat. It’s actually a fairly accurate description of our culture, except that NO, you don’t have to go to a sauna naked with my family! If you’re interested in some witty insights from Finland you should give it a read.

Books, wine, and..

I thought I’d also share something personal about myself so you can get to know me too. I tend to start obsessing about things when I get into something. It was Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for a decade. For the past few years it has been books and wine. Oh and the latest thing is… chess. Yes chess. Nerd alert!

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G June 1, 2019 - 4:56 pm

Love this site.

Mary McGarvey November 25, 2019 - 7:50 pm

Hi from San Francisco!
You have a terrific blog. I lived about six months in Finland in 1983 and I really loved it. But everyone was back here in San Francisco so here I am still.
I wonder if you might write about the Finns and how they relate to you. Do they seem positive towards you as an American? As a Philippino? Do they ask you a lot of questions regarding your intentions, since you have a job there… did you get the visa on your own or somehow did Kimmo arrange a work permit?

Winter is there now, so let us know your feelings.

Audrey November 26, 2019 - 11:30 am

Hi Mary! Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog and the warm feedback. Oh wow, what was it like living here in 1983? I could imagine it was quite different back then. San Francisco isn’t a bad place to be at all either. One of my best friends lived there so I was often visiting. So far Finns have been very positive towards me as an American and a Filipino. I think since most people speak English, and there are more and more non-Finns immigrating to Finland, that it isn’t such a big deal. I do get asked a lot about why I moved to Finland because it often does surprise people why someone chooses to move here. I got my visa on my own since I found a job here. So far winter fall hasn’t been so bad. Yes it’s dark and rainy, but I guess since the summer was so nice, I don’t mind it too much. I’m finding my winter fashion style 🙂 I hope we get snow because then I hear it’s bright and beautiful, so I’ll definitely write a post about my first winter in Finland once I get to experience it a bit more 🙂


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