I said goodbye to the Philippines and hopped on a plane to the farthest north I’ve ever gone. Never did I really consider the possibility of traveling to Finland, but I can now say I did.

For five days I was able to travel about and learn more about the Deaf community there and learn about Finnish culture. My mentors/supervisors specifically had meetings to connect with local organizations but also ones such as the World Federation of the Deaf. Very insightful to be able to sit in and “listen” to those conversations.

A definite highlight was being able to stay with Tarja (“Tar-ee-ah”) and learn about both. Think Ikea when you think of her kitchen – so cool and efficient! Plus, I was able to work on ASL some more (and differentiate between FSL and ASL) and talk with her. I know I picked up some Finnish Sign Language as well. She also taught me about saunas. 🙂

I felt very comfortable in Finland. It has a simplistic beauty and calmness to it that made me feel at peace. Some buildings had unique architecture, but others were simple – life seemed more about being outside than in. I also love that public transportation is such that one can travel around by bus, metro or train easily. And thankfully it was spring there so it didn’t feel cold, just cool and comfortable.

One thing I will say, if you are moving overseas it is a tad difficult to make so many stops and switch locations with two suitcases weighing 50 lbs. I have definitely been getting my workout – besides all the walking!

Oh, another highlight? I finally learned Celsius! Figured out the trick to help me remember. Score!

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About Traveling Mosaic

I'm on a journey in this world, hence the "Traveling" part of the name. My life is also made up of pieces that, when the Master completes it, will be a beautiful Masterpiece, hence "Mosaic."
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4 Responses to Finland

  1. Thanks, for sharing, Lisa. So interesting. You are something! All that traveling and still always looking alert and fresh.. Have a great experience. Love, Shirley Colteryahn, Tampa

  2. Lynne Whitmore says:

    Looks beautiful there in Finland Lisa. I remember the Helinski Accord from my Political Science days. But the problem is I can’t remember what the Helinski Accords were about? Oh well. Thanks for giving us a taste of what you are seeing and doing. Love to you….

  3. Lynne Whitmore says:

    By the way how was the beetroot soup? I think I would have eaten the huge cheese bowl!!

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