Self Perspective

Chronicles of an American professor in Finland

First impressions and post first impressions: Everyone speaks English. Not quite true, but close.  For example, I went to get a haircut and the lady there only spoke Finnish.  Without any English, I think the haircut went surprisingly well.  I mean, with only hand motions, I think she understood, “just a trim, part on the left.”  …

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Getting to Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences is great.  Walk to the Pasila train station, then take the train two stops to the Huapalahti station, then walk about 8 minutes to work.  Total time about 23 minutes.  Piece of cake.  Of course, the weather has been great, about 70 degrees and sunny.  I’ll report back when it is freezing, dark …

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  Wow.  What an intensive, interesting, informative week. Started on Tuesday evening with an informal get-together with all of the student and professor Fubright participants along with the staff of the Fulbright Center.  The director, Terhi Mölsä, is one of the most professional and talented executives of a non-profit that I have ever seen.  It is …

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The Finnish couple were married for 50 years. Wife– You never tell me that you love me.   Husband– I told you that I loved you when we got married and I’ll let you know if anything changes.