Take the day off #kesämeininki

July 8th, 2014 Posted by Life

It’s July.
The weather has been freaking awesome and you deserve to enjoy it. Take a break from whatever you think you need to be doing and head outside: Kick a ball around, call some friends, have a picnic; or just grab a book and go soak up the sun.

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Smiling for all the wrong reasons

July 1st, 2014 Posted by Blog

When moving abroad, you quickly notice some differences in how people interact from strangers to family. In my case, I noticed that I was the only person smiling at strangers on the street in Tampere, Finland, whereas I’d never even questioned why everyone smiled at each other in Canada. I made a decision in 2010 to change my ways and adapt, but a couple weeks ago, I decided to revisit that decision from a new perspective.

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Feeling at home with strangers: polyglot gathering Berlin.

June 24th, 2014 Posted by Blog

In January, I came across an interesting event going down in Berlin in June and I thought I’d register: a Polyglot Gathering in Berlin. For people who have a passion for and speak many different languages, that sounded like a fun way to nerd out on some grammar talks. Well the event is over, and I can tell you I got a lot more than I bargained for. I’m struggling to find the words to explain it all but if you’ve been on exchange, you might recognize this as a mini-exchange…

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How to overcome fear of nudity in the sauna

June 17th, 2014 Posted by Blog

Juhannus is coming up so I figured many of you may be headed to mökki about this time, and as always, nudity is part of the experience. As much as I would’ve liked to have been raised in a nudity-friendly culture, I wasn’t. And changing this mindset has not been easy…

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How do you see yourself?

June 10th, 2014 Posted by Blog

Foreigner, immigrant, resident, alien, newcomer, stranger, non-Finn, [insert your nationality here], visitor, tourist, expat, minority, migrant, settler, floater, exchange student, finnophile, English speaker, international student, asylum seeker, refugee, outsider, gypsy, wanderer, outlander, nomad, new kid on the block: all words for people who don’t belong.

But what happens when none of these words seem to fit quite right?

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When Quitting Feels Amazing.

June 3rd, 2014 Posted by Blog

I have a confession to make…

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Chance or choice: how do you come alive?

May 20th, 2014 Posted by Blog

Summer seems to be rearing its head and Finland is really starting to come alive. I’m not just talking about weather here – people are outside! Avid people watchers have loads to ogle as millions take to the streets: dogs, couples, families, hipsters and fashionistas in throngs – all out enjoying the sunshine.

City life is quite shockingly unrecognizable.

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What to remember when life becomes all about you

May 13th, 2014 Posted by Blog

We’ve all been there – stress, uncertainty, confusion – it doesn’t always take much but we manage to get lost in our heads and complain to anyone who will listen, while closing our eyes to the rest of the world. In today’s post I share one of my favourite quotes and explain why it’ll easily remind you to take your head out of your own butt (in a nice way 🙂 ).

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What it takes may surprise you

May 6th, 2014 Posted by Inspiration, Self Discovery

The stage is set, the lights are dim. A man you’ve never seen before walks out on stage, takes his position and waits for his cue…

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The One Place You Can’t Find on a Map

April 29th, 2014 Posted by Local Discovery, Self Discovery, Understanding the Transition

Where you lay your head at night. Where your family is. Where you grew up. Where most of your friends are. Where you work. Where you love to be. Where you feel at home…

The concept of home is ever-fleeting, especially for those of us who may have several homes, or even no exact place to call our own. What makes it even more confusing is that home means different things to different people.

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Hi! I’m Irina.

I’m a multibelonger to Finland, Canada and Romania, without ONE language or culture to call my own – I have several. My intention is to be present where I am and find inner peace and harmony where ever life takes me. I’m embracing the gems of the ongoing cultural and linguistic transition which is my life and hope to inspire others interested in doing the same. Read my story & more about what I do here.

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