How are we doing? We are back in the UK and in few days we are leaving this country for good.
Thank you for all the questions you have sent me. As promised here are my honest answers.
WHY ARE YOU MOVING?
When I came to this country 10 years ago, I never intended to stay any longer than 3 years so I’ve known since day one that I’d one day come back and time happens to be now. So why now? We just simply came to a place where we were both ready to leave and around the same time I lost one of the most important people in my life and that kind of sealed the deal.
WHO DECIDED TO MOVE?
It was of course I joined decision, but it was my husband was the one who said ‘let’s just do it now’. If anything, I was a bit hesitant at first.
HAS BREXIT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE DECISION?
Yes and no, we would have moved sooner or later anyway, but I’d be lying if I’d say the current (and future) political and economic climate wasn’t a concern of ours.
WHAT WILL YOU BE DOING IN FINLAND?
We will be continuing our chosen careers as we would have in England. We have some other projects we are hoping to start at some point (in addition to our day jobs). And I’m sure Salvo will be on a motorbike very soon and I’ll keep on studying Italian.
WHAT WENT WRONG?
Not sure what this question is referring to but I believe the questions is what went wrong in the UK… And the answer is nothing. There is no drama behind our move or anything like that. I love this place and I’ve had the best time, but this is not my home.
IS YOUR MOVE PERMANENT?
The intention is to move permanently and make Finland our permanent home but we will be spending a lot more time in Italy too. Return to the UK is very very unlikely and world would have to turn upside down for us to want to pack our bags and start all over again somewhere else.
DOES YOUR HUSBAND SPEAK FINNISH?
No. He understands words and can guess what people are talking about but he can’t maintain a conversation just yet. He will start studying as soon as we get there. I do feel a bit sorry for him as Finnish is one of the hardest languages to learn but he is very committed to giving it his best shot.
ARE YOU MOVING TO HELSINKI?
The first couple months we will be staying with my parent’s house until we get our paperwork in order to buy our own place. My parents live near Helsinki and will be commuting to work from there. When we eventually buy a place I’d like it to be a lot closer to Helsinki, if not in Helsinki. My sister lives in a very nice neighbourhood in Vantaa and I’d love to be close to her, but we really haven’t made our minds up just yet.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE THE LEAST ABOUT FINLAND?
The original question was what I hate about Finland, but I changed it a little bit… I don’t really hate anything, what I find the most challenging is the lack of social interaction in Finland. Actually it is not really the lack of it, but the fact that it is not important to people. Of course there are exceptions, but in general I find life to be less social in Finland.
WHY DO YOU WANT TO WRITE A BLOG?
I’ve always wanted to write a blog but for the first time ever I have something to say. I believe it to be a great way to share a piece of our lives with our family and friends abroad and with anyone who is interest to see and learn more about Finland.
DO YOU COOK FINNISH FOOD AT HOME?
Anyone who knows me, knows that when I’m at home I’m always in the kitchen and I cook all sorts of different food, not just Finnish food. We eat a lot of Italian food but my husband loves Finnish pastries, tarts and cakes.
WHAT HAPPENS TO ALL OUR STUFF IN ENGLAND?
We have movers coming from Finland to take our stuff and bring it to Finland. We still have one car we need to get rid off but most of our big pieces of furniture are sold. The amount of stuff we have is scary and we have had to call the movers once already to inform them that we have more stuff than we originally planned.
HOW WILL YOUR HUSBAND COPE WITH THE WINTER?
The same exact way he has coped with the winter for the past 11 years.
WHAT WILL YOU BE WRITING ABOUT?
I don’t want to give away too much but we will start with a little post about Vappu (1st May street carnival) and on another post I’ll show you how creative you can get with open top rye bread sandwiches…
WHAT WILL BE THE FIRST THING YOU DO IN FINLAND?
Sauna is a must and no doubt one of the first things on my list. There will be plenty of stuff to do for the following months so it will be a while until we can totally relax. Firstly we urgently need to buy a car to get around to meetings and things.
IS IT DIFFICULT TO MOVE TO FINLAND?
In what sense? For me it is very simple as I’ve kept my Finnish passport and I have a social security number, bank account and previous addresses. For my husband it is also very straight forward but a lot more paperwork involved. We were in Italy few weeks back and got his documents sorted and then it is just a meeting with the immigration office in Finland. In terms of is moving itself difficult? Yes, it always is even if you are just moving across the street.
WHAT WILL YOU MISS ABOUT ENGLAND?
I’m sure there will be many unexpected things I’ll miss about England, but I’ll most certainly miss family and friends. I’ll miss my two favourite cities, Cambridge and London. I’ll desperately miss British humour and proper cup of tea and biscuits.
That is all my friends. I hope you got your answers and if not feel free to fire them over. You won’t be hearing from me next week as things are expected to get a bit hectic here, but I’ll be back in two weeks time when I’ve settled in Finland. Don’t forget to subscribe to the blog and follow us on Instagram.
See you soon!