Missing piece

I had my last day at work last week. It feels frightening not having a job or not really knowing what I am going to do the next couple of years. It feels like a piece of me is missing. Your job and identity I would define my professional identity with Before and After Teaching. I studied languages and pedagogical studies in Finland and eventually … Continue reading Missing piece

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Hygge in Denmark

I must say I love living in Denmark and have not even considered moving back to Finland. There are many good things about Denmark and here are my top 3: 1. Hygge hygge/ˈh(j)uːɡə,ˈhʊɡə/Lær at udtale noun a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture). Sometimes it feels like the purpose … Continue reading Hygge in Denmark

Against the odds

Cross-cultural marriage, twins, long-distance relationship…. Those are the factors that give low odds for a relationship to last. The cultural differences between Finland and Denmark are not that huge, of course – but there are differences. First a couple of them that I found the toughest. Intercultural communication – Direct Finns The worst one for me has been this: We Finns are more direct in … Continue reading Against the odds