Self Perspective

Chronicles of an American professor in Finland

What a dummy.  I didn’t know that Budapest was the merging of the city of Buda and the city of Pest, each separated from each other by the Danube River.  This actually happened several years ago, like in 1873.  I had always read that Budapest was one of the world’s most beautiful cities, but I was skeptical, mainly because …

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Don’t know Tallinn, Estonia?   Have you heard of Skype?  Started in Tallinn, Estonia.  In fact, Tallinn is one of the most wired cities in the world.  My wife, Deb, was amazed and found herself continuously checking for WiFi.  She always had a strong signal everywhere inside and outside.  (Interesting experiment, but got to be fairly annoying–reminded me of the …

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Getting to Russia can be a challenge with its horribly complicated, time consuming and expensive visa requirements.  But, Russia does offer one way that is painless and that way is to go by ferry.  No visa required.  The only caveat is that it is only good for 72 hours. Good enough. Deb and I figured that since …

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I have been very fortunate in having great colleagues here at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences.  I have been included in many events, big and small, important and trivial, but all very special to me. Just last Tuesday, I was invited to go with 4 others to a “treatment” of supercold.  Which in Finland is truly …

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Busy week.  From Monday through Wednesday, I had a conference in Dubai, one of the emirates in the UAE for EuroCHRIE, the European branch of International CHRIE, the association for hospitality educators in higher education.  Then, on Friday and Saturday, we had to be in Turku, Finland to speak at a Fulbright function. On Sunday, October 5, Deb and …

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Categories…nice and tidy… University Students seem to be more stylish in what they wear; they seem much more put together.  Thoughtful about how they look as compared to the students at home that seem to throw something on.  Maybe it is just the scarves and other accessories, but they do seem more stlish.  I mentioned this …

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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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