What I didn’t know a year ago

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.

  1. I’ve learned what -25°C feels like.
  2. I’ve learned to think of temperature in degrees Celsius.
  3. I’ve learned that I’d rather it be -2°than +2°
  4. I’ve learned that using centimeters is a lot easier than inches when sewing hems.
  5. I’ve learned how to sew.
  6. I’ve learned how to make pancakes and biscuits and bread from scratch.
  7. I’ve learned that the Finnish language is beyond me.
  8. I’ve learned to live without a clothes dryer, a dishwasher, or a garbage disposal.
  9. 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!
  10. I’ve learned that not tipping is hard to do.
  11. I’ve learned how to play Mölkky.
  12. 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:

Highlights from our first six months.

Our trip to Ireland.

Attempting to learn Finnish.

A trip home and to Mexico.

Thanks for reading – I love being able to share our lives with you!!


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5 thoughts on “What I didn’t know a year ago

  1. congrats on one year! 🙂 it’s sort of amazing what you can learn to live without, right? we didn’t put in a disposal when we redid the kitchen and i don’t miss it at all. during the spring/summer/early fall, i line dry everything and don’t miss my dryer (though with the humid winters, it’s nearly impossible to get anything dry if I don’t use the clothes dryer). And a dishwasher I would only miss if my husband weren’t so awesome about cleaning the kitchen. 🙂
    Sounds like you have a fun year ahead of you! Can’t wait to keep reading.

    • I don’t miss the disposal as much as I thought I would, and I kind of like having to do the biowaste recycling here. I’d like to do composting when we get back to the States. I do, however, miss having a dryer – even though I often hung most of my clothes up to dry before, I always threw them in the dryer for a 10 minute “fluff.” I don’t really care for the crunchiness that comes from line drying. I haven’t found anything that gets rid of that. 😦

  2. steverp

    Great post, & happy anniversary! 😀

  3. great list! happy 1yr to you!
    i can relate to many of these!
    finnish is beyond me!
    i do have a dishwasher thank goodness. but miss my garbage disposal. no dryer, some times i do miss it, but feel good about not having one.
    ikea washclothes to the rescue here too!
    -25 is not for me!

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