Liisa Salonen

It’s the humidity

A few years back I had a professional crisis. I was working as a hairdresser but knew that’s something I can’t do for the rest of my life. And I wasn’t sure whether or not I wanted to continue as a photographer. I though the only thing I knew was photography. Only quite recently I’ve…






Continue reading

Sooo, what’s next?

I could have done a 3-month internship with tourist visa. Instead I decided to apply for Work and Holiday visa in case I wanted to stay longer or needed to work for money. After all, this is very expensive city. It was a great choice. The visa was expensive too, but it’s already paid itself….






Continue reading

We are all the same

Phew, finally! I’ve had some problems logging in to this blog. Here I am now. I’m proud to  be Finnish. Everyone and everything has their good and bad. To be honest I absolutely hate Finns hating Finns. That always happens in the most negative sense. “Finns are the only jealous people in the Earth!” “Only…






Continue reading

How to greet an Aussie

Finns just simply say “hei” or “moi” when they meet people. Things may get awkward when you’ve already said “moi” once and you are supposed to talk to them again. Another hei or moi? Or should I just nod and stay quiet? On my study tour in California I noticed Americans say “how are you”…






Continue reading

More multicultural than ever

Finns are always afraid when it comes to speaking English in public. I guess we have been concentrating too much on how to do things “properly” instead of getting understood. I was no exception. I couldn’t speak english when Finns were in the same room. Coming to JAMK was absolutely one of the best things…






Continue reading

Do you miss anything from Finland?

Ok, let’s start from the beginning before I even left. I’m quite sure everyone else was more concerned or nervous about, well everything basically, than I was. For example my friend freaked out when she heard that I didn’t have any long term accommodation two nights before I left Finland. I was actually very laid…






Continue reading