This year marks the centenary of Finland’s independence. So, in keeping with the celebratory mood, I’ve compiled a list of top 10 things I love about my second home.
And so here they are, in no particular order:
- Silence is fun
- Education is a right, not a privilege
- Safe and peaceful
- Finnish cuisine; a gift from nature
- Friendships are genuine
- Finns live outdoors, there’s no such thing as bad weather here
- Gender equality
- Winter is a fairy tale
- Nature; a poem
This list doesn’t even begin to express how I love my life here. But, but…I’ve been putting together more thoughts, observations and gratitude in a language I know how – poetry.
A chapbook containing 10 pieces will hopefully be available (in limited edition) early next year. I wanted it to coincide with the celebrations but I unfortunately missed the deadline.
I hear you ask, “How can you miss a deadline? What kind of a writer are you?” Well, because I receive a “bribe” every month so that I can forget about my dream of becoming a full-time writer. 🙂
Last but not least, Happy Independence Day to my Finnish family and friends!