After 6 months in Finland I’ve been through a lot of new experiences:
- Language, OMG, what a fight every day to remember some of the simple basics. And one of the things that doesn’t help is all the people in Helsinki speak understandable English.
- Small talks, yes! basically it’s about the weather, – winter is gone, it was not even winter- (HAHAHA I almost couldn’t survive this last season) ; -Such a nice weather today, is sunny- ( 7º , it is sunny, but DAMN that still cold).
- IMPRESSED by the buses or meeting punctuality, this is like Swiss watches. Half of my life I have been living in Tenerife, where the time perception is pretty much different. And punctuality, idk if there is even a definition for that in their dictionary.
- QUALITY of wines, here they have some sort of people who try all the alcoholic drinks that are sold in their stores (well, the only store that sells wines and stuff). It means that you’ll never buy a distasteful wine. Of course there is a price, and most common situation is that the cheapest/inexpensive bottle of wine costs 10€.
- MYSTERIOUS gap between what people think of Finnish people and what they really are. Even I’m still very rocky on Finnish society and ways of getting to know people. So far, I have had some clicks with them. Most common scenario, I started a conversation a bit afraid of being rejected for some kind of previous knowledge of Finnish stereotype (reserved, non-talkative). However, what you really find when you try with a Finnish is slow but really nice conversation which can develop into deep thoughts and polite argumentation.
- Kids playgrounds are usually full of toys who they themselves leave there, and all other kids can play with those.
- SAUNA & ICE SWIMMING. During the winter, I was able to go to avanto (a hole in the ice in which you can go swimming) in Vaasa where people go to sea water and then to sauna. Translated into other words, they go to the ice and then to the hot. This phenomena is practiced for adult people in general but also for a lot of young and even kids. This is very healthy (even though it doesn’t seem like it) and it has a lot a benefits. Practitioners of such adventure define it as an amazing hobby. The real sessions consist in going to the water at least 3 times, which means: cold water (5 degrees if you’re lucky), sauna (80 degrees, if you don’t have a classic old man who never stops throwing water to the rocks), cold water, sauna, cold water, and sauna. I have to admit that at the beginning it sounds irrational and senseless, all of this of going to ice swimming and the to very hot sauna. But then, eventually, I reached to love it, and today in the middle of the summer I confess I miss it. /PRO TIP: it is better to leave after cold water, but it should be very fast, i mean just wash your body and leave/
There are more experiences, and I will let you know as soon as next post comes up.