Everybody who has spent time in a different country knows that expat life is not quite like anything else in the world. The confusion of the first few days and weeks, the slow, but steady process of acclimation, the little peculiarities and quirks that might strike you about your new surroundings: almost any situation you encounter can make for a great story. If you are so inclined and want to blog about it, of course!
Our InterNations recommended blog section features talented expat bloggers from around the world. Their offerings to the blogosphere have been selected for their great entries and high quality, whether they may be funny, informative, interesting, deeply personal or a combination of all of the above.
Let’s hear from our featured bloggers in Finland:
I definitely experienced culture shock the first time I arrived here. It’s just so different from where I came from. So quiet here and for me so hard to find friends because of the language. As time and years passes by I got used to it and actually like being here.
I was as prepared as I could be. I had done my research and spoken to lots of expats out here who had moved from the UK. Even though I was armed with as much information as possible, I still faced many challenges.
I have made the adjustment to living in Finland, but there were a few things that were very different from my life back home. The first was getting used to the weather and darkness during the Fall/Winter season, which was quite different from the eternal sunlight and warmth living in California.
My lifestyle has done a complete 180 since I moved here. Now I don’t have a car and the city I live in doesn’t have great public transportation, so I ride my bike everywhere. The closest store is 1.5km from my apartment now, and it might not seem like much but every time I need food I have to bike at least 3km. Also, since there aren’t any tasty easy food options, I’ve been cooking using entirely whole foods - something I never used to do in NYC! It can be tough sometimes, but I love my new lifestyle and I am so much healthier because of it.
I’ve met some great people through introductions from mutual friends. It will feel like you’re going on blind dates all the time, but you really have nothing to lose. Try to step outside your comfort zone and join in experiences unique to Finnish life.