Around Helsinki for the First Time

(Posted July 2011) I’ve been around for about four days now. It’s been exhausting,but very nice. Just taking care of all practical maters. payed all my accounts, signed my apartment contract, turned in enrollment paperwork, and met with an old friend. I was bit disappointing with the apartment I received from HOAS (the student housing…

Kentucky

Originally posted June 2011 Leaving from Santiago, Chile Staying in Kentucky for a one week lay over. Who knows when will be the next time I’ll be back around these parts? (I would take another visit five years later in 2016)

Getting an education

So. The list goes on. Accepted to the Universities of Helsinki, Oulu, Jyvaskyla, Tampere and Vaasa. After visiting each of these Universities during the past winter and even haven spoken to a few programme coordinators, this was not an easy decision. The opportunity to study in Russia via the University of Helsinki’s Cross-Border University programme…

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…

European Job Seeker: Finland – part IV

The job interviews I experienced in Finland were some of the nicest I experienced in Europe. Very friendly, easy going and practical. Yet my Finnish language skills leave much to be desired, leaving me short of the competition. At this point I was in the midst of the Finnish winter and had decided to travel…

A Job Seeking Tour Through Europe – part I

As mentioned in the previous post I’d be bringing back old posts from an old website. This starts off my story of how I would ultimately make Finland home. This story starts back in December of 2015. What am I doing here? Well, back in Finland a friend I was staying with suggested I start…

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…

Save $70k – Study Abroad

I wrote this article a while back ago. The statements are not quite true anymore as Finland will now be charging tuition for non-EU students.  The introduced cost here in Finland are quite high, and not very attractive at all. There are still many countries in the EU that do not charge tuition and have studies…

Building Student Life in Finland

When I first moved to Finland to start my Master’s degree I had set an incredibly tight budget for myself: 300 Euros a month. I moved here with the savings I had made working minimum wage in the US. I didn’t know how long it would be until I would find a job, so I…

Riding Cheap on the Viking Line.

Summer is here, Falls up next, and Winter is inevitable. Whatever the season, you want to travel cheap and to see the world. If you’re new here, and don’t speak Finnish or Swedish, you’ll jump on Viking Line’s website just to empty your wallet out on that day trip to Stockholm. To illustrate what I am…

Finland Spoiled Me

I sit here today sitting on a couple of Master’s degrees looking towards the future. Occasionally I receive an e-mail or a call from a recruiter in the US. An excellent opportunity, good pay, and great benefits? If I still lived in the US, yes. But now, not so much. The fact is, Finland spoiled…

Finland – A Sample of 500 Job Applications

When I first moved to Finland, I was set on finding a job to help support myself while I studied. Ideally I would be working back in an IT position, but it did not matter. Like many, I just needed work. Landing a job Finland is a hard place to find work. I’ve known many…

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…

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…

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.