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added on 11/01/2012 by: markcat
Adventures, tribulations and ramblings of a native Californian from the San Francisco Bay Area who moved with his family to the Helsinki area of Finland.
 tags: Finland, music, nature, travels, USA

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Summer vacation part 2, side trip to Montenegro  Posted on 07/16/2014
Have you even heard of Montenegro? You might not have because this tiny nation just South of Croatia recently received it's independence from Yugoslavia (Serbia) in 2006. Montenegro means "black mountains" and it is apparent...
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Summer vacation part 1, Dubrovnik, Croatia  Posted on 07/15/2014
My family recently completed a nearly three week tour of Eastern Europe. We spent the largest percentage of our time in Croatia, which included an entire week in Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik is sometimes called the pearl of the Adriatic and it...
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Finnish honesty  Posted on 05/26/2014
A social experiment in the form of a "wallet test" was recently performed in several major cities around the world. The idea was to leave a wallet with cash and credit cards therein within a public place and then see how many...
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Easter break in Holland and Belgium  Posted on 04/28/2014
In Finland we are given both Friday and Monday off from work for the Easter holiday weekend. We took advantage of this long weekend and spent our holiday in Holland and Belgium en route from Germany. We hadn't left Finland for quite...
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Are the high taxes in Finland worth it?  Posted on 03/16/2014
A short film from Finland was recently nominated for an Academy award. Just the other day I heard on the Finnish news that the Finnish candidates who were nominated and attending the Oscar Gala for best short film would be taxed on their...
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Finns and the weather  Posted on 02/02/2014
Snowstorm, pounding rain, sleet, frigid cold temperatures... There is really no such thing as weather that would prevent the Finns from doing what they want to do. I am not saying that they enjoy the freezing cold days, but that they will...
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Finnish customer service or lack thereof  Posted on 01/18/2014
This is a sensitive topic and there has been much discussion about it by Expats and Finns alike. Whether it is a casual conversation with one of my co-workers or a chat with my wife, this topic seems to come up somewhat frequently. Some...
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  • mcmeg12
    mcmeg12 20 February 2012 13:36:27

    Welcome to Finland. I'm an American from Maryland, I moved to Finland 4 years ago, did my degree studies in the University of Helsinki and now am fully employed here. I would love to chat sometime with some other expats and if there's anything I can help out with, e.g. getting around, looking for work, general oddities of Finnish life, etc. I would say I have a bit of experience by now. And happy to help. Welcome again. -Megan

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