Helsinki, Finland

I was born and raised in a tropical country, so moving to Finland felt a little like moving to Mars. You see, I landed here in October 2019, right when the weather was about to make its annual turn for shit. The cold I don’t mind so much – they even have this thing called snow, it’s quite beautiful – but the darkness, oh god, was I in for a surprise.

I completely underestimated the effect that season would have on my mood. It’s tough even for the locals. Then, Spring came along and not a single day goes by without me thinking this is the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. Fun fact: this is the first time I live in a city by the sea.

I like everything about Helsinki. Except for the Finnish language. In the first class they teach you there are 8 vowels, divided into 3 groups and some of them don’t go with others in the same word. That’s it; I’m done learning it.

I’m amazed at how seamlessly things work around here. Having lived in large cities, I’m still surprised every time it takes me less than 30 minutes to get across the city or when I can walk to work in 25 minutes – or just bike there in 10.

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I was born and raised in a tropical country, so moving to Finland felt a little like moving to Mars. You see, I landed here in October 2019, right when the weather was about to make its annual turn for shit. The cold I don’t mind so much – they even have this thing called snow, it’s quite beautiful – but the darkness, oh god, was I in for a surprise.

I completely underestimated the effect that season would have on my mood. It’s tough even for the locals. Then, Spring came along and not a single day goes by without me thinking this is the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. Fun fact: this is the first time I live in a city by the sea.

I like everything about Helsinki. Except for the Finnish language. In the first class they teach you there are 8 vowels, divided into 3 groups and some of them don’t go with others in the same word. That’s it; I’m done learning it.

I’m amazed at how seamlessly things work around here. Having lived in large cities, I’m still surprised every time it takes me less than 30 minutes to get across the city or when I can walk to work in 25 minutes – or just bike there in 10.

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Helsinki, Finland

I was born and raised in a tropical country, so moving to Finland felt a little like moving to Mars. You see, I landed here in October 2019, right when the weather was about to make its annual turn for shit. The cold I don’t mind so much – they even have this thing called snow, it’s quite beautiful – but the darkness, oh god, was I in for a surprise.

I completely underestimated the effect that season would have on my mood. It’s tough even for the locals. Then, Spring came along and not a single day goes by without me thinking this is the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. Fun fact: this is the first time I live in a city by the sea.

I like everything about Helsinki. Except for the Finnish language. In the first class they teach you there are 8 vowels, divided into 3 groups and some of them don’t go with others in the same word. That’s it; I’m done learning it.

I’m amazed at how seamlessly things work around here. Having lived in large cities, I’m still surprised every time it takes me less than 30 minutes to get across the city or when I can walk to work in 25 minutes – or just bike there in 10.

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Medellín, Colombia>
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Helsinki, Finland

I was born and raised in a tropical country, so moving to Finland felt a little like moving to Mars. You see, I landed here in October 2019, right when the weather was about to make its annual turn for shit. The cold I don’t mind so much – they even have this thing called snow, it’s quite beautiful – but the darkness, oh god, was I in for a surprise.

I completely underestimated the effect that season would have on my mood. It’s tough even for the locals. Then, Spring came along and not a single day goes by without me thinking this is the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. Fun fact: this is the first time I live in a city by the sea.

I like everything about Helsinki. Except for the Finnish language. In the first class they teach you there are 8 vowels, divided into 3 groups and some of them don’t go with others in the same word. That’s it; I’m done learning it.

I’m amazed at how seamlessly things work around here. Having lived in large cities, I’m still surprised every time it takes me less than 30 minutes to get across the city or when I can walk to work in 25 minutes – or just bike there in 10.

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