This has been a big week here in Finland. I went to Helsinki for a Fulbright event early last week, and picked up my little sister Abigail who’s here for a 3-week visit. I took Abby on a crazy 1-day whirlwind tour of Helsinki before dragging her up into the ridiculously secluded far north of Lapland. The cherry on top of this week has been Eurovision 2013, the European song contest. But first things first: Abigail’s grand tour of Helsinki. Continue reading
Spring has officially arrived in Finland! The melting snow is uncovering winter’s indiscretions, from plow-damaged benches and bicycles to an staggering amount of winter clothing and 6 months of until-now frozen dog waste. Probably most surprising has been how green the ground plants are immediately upon freedom from the snow.