Hard to believe we’ve been in Finland for a full year now! We’ve experienced winter, spring, summer, and fall. We’ve survived through the short daylight hours of winter and the long daylight hours of summer. We’ve enjoyed new surroundings, new friends, and new experiences. And I’ve learned a few things this year.
- I’ve learned what -25°C feels like.
- I’ve learned to think of temperature in degrees Celsius.
- I’ve learned that I’d rather it be -2°than +2°
- I’ve learned that using centimeters is a lot easier than inches when sewing hems.
- I’ve learned how to sew.
- I’ve learned how to make pancakes and biscuits and bread from scratch.
- I’ve learned that the Finnish language is beyond me.
- I’ve learned to live without a clothes dryer, a dishwasher, or a garbage disposal.
- I’ve learned that finding washcloths is nearly impossible in Finland – apparently they don’t use them here. Ikea’s kid section to the rescue – those are the only ones I’ve found!
- I’ve learned that not tipping is hard to do.
- I’ve learned how to play Mölkky.
- I’ve learned how much I love the opportunity to live in Finland.
I’ve learned much more than that, of course, but that’s a pretty good list. I look forward to the next year, the experiences that still await us. We’re planning trips to Latvia, Italy, and Germany (for Oktoberfest), and I also hope to go to Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, and Sweden. Until then, some highlights from the last year:
Thanks for reading – I love being able to share our lives with you!!