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 am grateful for being at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences for my Fulbright.  The faculty and administration have been wonderful to me.  And just as important as having great colleagues, is the encouragement to make the most of my time in Finland.  As an example of that is they have made it possible to accept invitations …

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