My Last Week in Finland

This post was written from my last plane home but I’m only just getting it up on the site: So where to start on this last week… I suppose Tallinn is the best spot. Specifically the cruise. The cruise to Tallinn was beautiful. The ship was amazing and we went to this super fancy buffet…

I’m still in college

Hey guys, it’s been awhile. Clearly I’m not fantastic at keeping up on this, but I’m going to try harder. Since the last blog I’ve done a lot. I joined Chi Alpha, the christian campus ministry my sister is in. I also got a job at the office of social work, it is work study…

College!

So maybe you were starting to think I lied about continuing blogging since it has been like a month and a half since my last one, you’re wrong, I’m back! This time I’m going to blog a bit in Finnish for my Finnish friends and family. This is partially related to the fact that I’m…

One Week Left

So I’m down to my last week. Currently I’m on a cruise ship headed to Estonia with my host mom, host dad, and host sister Silvia. We’re going to a medieval festival there and then we’ll spend the rest of the week at my host moms family summer cottage near Helsinki. But more to come…

Bonfires, Camping, and Midsummer

Summer in Finland has turned out to be rather fun and activity filled. I haven’t written much so I’m going to summarize some of the more major things I’ve done. I rowed to an island with Veera, Lucie, and Anni. Lucie, Veera, and I spent the night there and had a bonfire, fished, went to…

St. Petersburg

I spent 2 days and one night in Saint Petersburg, 2 nights on the cruise ship, and two days in the train. It was a lot of traveling but it was worth it to be able to see such a beautiful city and say I’ve been in Russia, not to mention someone finally stamped my…

Saint Petersburg Bound

I’m writing this blog while on the way to Saint Petersburg. I’m taking a train to Helsinki and then a overnight cruise to Saint Petersburg with my second host mom and sister, Päivi and Martta, and Martta’s helper, Jenna. We’ll stay in the city for two days and one night and head back to Helsinki…

A Nomadic Summer

This summer I decided to try and pack in the maximum amount of experiences possible; nature hikes, traveling, crafts, and everything else I can find. My summer basically started last Wednesday when I had my last test. On Wednesday our school hosted a party and I slept over at my friend Lucie’s house. My host…

2 Months Left

Well I have 2 months left of my exchange, to the day. I’m trying to make the most of my time here and fill my last days with exciting events, trips, and my friends. If I’m being honest, I’m not at all sad I go home in two months. I’ll miss all the wonderful people…

Rotary and Vappu Päivä

Hauskaa Vappua! Today is the first of May and in Finland that means Vappu day. Everyone has a bit of a different idea of celebrating but the common way is a mixture of Mardi Gras and the Fourth of July. It’s similar to Mardi Gras because of the time of year and the party and…

Hyvää Pääsiäistä!

Happy Easter! Today is the 4th and final day of Easter break. I had Friday and Monday off from school because here they call Monday the second day of Easter. I spent break with my new host family at their summer cottage. It was a pretty relaxed weekend. We went ice fishing, skiing, and family…

Host Family Three

So I’ve had a pretty eventful two weeks. I moved host family’s two sundays ago. My new host family lives next to the city’s main river, so I can walk anywhere in like 20min. They have the most beautiful home with wood everywhere. The first day I was here, their dog died which was unfortunate….