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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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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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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Surprisingly, I am actually looking forward to writing this blog, which is my first.  My only reservation is that this blog will be perceived as one giant narcissistic, ego driven, bunch of nothing.  I am doing this blog for several reasons: to motivate professors to apply for the Fulbright Scholar; share observations of the differences …

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