State Department: FSS

Search “Foreign Specialist blog” and this guy is the first to pop-up.A lot of good insight is provided for anyone who is thinking of joining the Foreign Service. My interview with the State Department was actually my first “real” interview. You know the kind with a suit, a tie, nice shoes and all those fancy…

Finland, Expensive?

Originally posted May 2011. Pricing may be out of date. Finland has introduced tuition fees for foreign students since, as well as tuition in the US rising. Looking online, reading through forums, and hearing stories, Finland sounds like the most expensive country to live in. With people warning that a single year of studies can…

Return to Chile

Originally posted from March to June 2011 Flying from Santiago to Temuco you get this view of the Andes Mountains. This is the small town of Carahue in Southern Chile, where I would stay while waiting on my Finnish University applications. Panoramic shot I took of Puerto Saavedra. The sea is never far in Chile….

European Job Seeker: Goodbye EU – part VI

Time passed by and my 90 day limit was coming to an end. I would take one last trip to Finland before heading to Chile. What a long flight. London New York and finally… Chile! At least here I don’t need a Visa to work legally, nor can I overstay 😉 . So now what?…

European Job Seeker: Hungary – part V

Finland is expensive. I could no longer afford to stay around. As my situation changed I headed on the next 8€ flight to Hungary. I was not able to land a single interview here, but time was not wasted. I still took time to visit old friends throughout the country. At 2€ a night, I…

Bringing back the old

I’ve been working on recovering posts from my old website. The upcoming posts will be a look at the past. The first post had been this photo I had taken of a praying mantis.

Passport Renewal: A Decade of Travel

It’s been a decade, which means it’s time to renew a couple of passports. The US embassy in Finland seems to be in a bit of a slight time warp. Their mail-in application for passport renewal requires a check. Yes, that’s right, a bank check for payment. A relic of the past, no different than…

A look behind Finland’s job market

six-weeks vacation, decent working hours, and a stress free work environment Finland has created sounds great right? Unfortunately, the reality has become quite different. Unpaid overtime, extended work weeks, and never ending trial periods are a recent and growing phenomenon in Finland. Before coming to Finland I had a decent degree and some work experience…

How/Why Post articles to LinkedIn?

I am not a writer, nor have I ever had much interest in writing. Yet I post here, and I post articles to LinkedIn. So why do I and many others continue to do so? Is it because we have some unique perspective, special expertise, or strong opinion we feel needs to be shared throughout…

Arctic Delivery Boy – Finnish Work Experience

It’s -30 C (-22 F), A deep snow covers Helsinki on one of the coldest nights of the year. A night like many others as I prepare to spend it outdoors. I fill a thermos full of hot tea, pack a snack, put on my overalls and head out to work. The drop-off point isn’t…

Short walk

Another short walk. Now trying to finish up on the next video on haptics – mechanoreception. Mechanoreception is our sense of pressure. In haptics it’s what we all feel when we feel our phones vibrate or a gamepad shake.

A quick ride

It’s summer once again here in Finland, which is more like a long spring. The weather was nice so we went out for a bike ride through the park. One of the nice things here is that you are never too far from nature no matter where you are. At the moment I’m working on…

Pancake, cake, and brownies

I spent the night preparing pancakes, cake and brownies. Makes for a good breakfast sweet, or a nice dessert. These are quick and large recipes meant to last you through the week. I suggest you refrigerate the mix for later use, or cook it all and freeze it for a quick microwavable treat. I am…

Sunrise at tarvo

Still working on setting up some features to this blog site. In the meantime a photo taken at a little island between Espoo and Helsinki. It’s a nice little island that is easy to access. At some point I can post more images about it.  

Preview of what’s to come (Food)

just a preview of posts to come. I’ll be including recipes and video tutorials. Vegan: Whole wheat tofu dogs topped off with tomatoes, red peppers, lettuce, onions, avocados, olives and imitation cheese. Meat: Meatball sandwiches Vegan: Roasted nuts, sugar coated and salted. Vegan: carrot cake Vegetarian: carrot cake