We arrived safely in Helsinki late Saturday afternoon, and have been busy unpacking and exploring all of the different areas around us. After the first day, we knew we needed to find Mia something to help her get around. We have been doing so much walking, so we found her a cute little scooter to easily keep up with us. She is really getting around great now and having a lot of fun with it!
The time zone difference (7 hours ahead of Orlando) has really been tough on us these first couple of days. It is also daylight out most of the time. The sun set on our first night around 11:00 p.m. and then sunrise was at 3:58 a.m.!!! We have to wear sleep masks just to try to keep some of the light out to sleep (we have blackout shades on some of the windows too). On our second night, we were wide awake from 2 a.m. to around 6 a.m. We went out for a walk/scooter ride at 3 a.m. and made it over to Mia’s school so she could see it. Not one soul was out! I was a little surprised since this is the capital city of Finland! We have been here for almost 4 days now, and I have yet to see a police car or officer and have not heard any sirens from ambulance or police. Seems very strange for a big city. I heard at least two or three a day in Central Florida! It is certainly a nice peaceful change. It is also refreshing to see so many people out with their families, walking their dogs, bike riding, and just simply enjoying this beautiful weather!
Danny was back to work Monday morning and we start to look at new places tomorrow. However, we are really enjoying the simplicity of going from a 4 bedroom home to a cute little studio apartment with a view of the beautiful canal…. Not sure if we really need a little bigger place anymore! We’ll see how tomorrow goes. 🙂
6 thoughts on “We made it! Our first few days in Finland… Wow, there’s so much daylight!!!”
Love the update and of course the pictures. Mia I will tell everyone you were out on your scooter at 3:00 am …they will wish they were with you. I will tell Jack Black to send a note to Audrey.
Thanks for following along! Mia is VERY excited that Jack will be sending a note to Audrey!!! She had a blast on her scooter in the middle of the night! Lol 🙂
LOVE that you are doing this blog….it’s so neat to read about different experience in other countries. It makes me wish I would of started one when we first got to Japan. It will be awesome for Mia to to look back on down the road. Keep up with it for sure!!!
The little apartment sounds so perfect and the canal is wonderful!! Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Alana! It would be great if you could start a blog… I would love to follow your adventures too!
How, absolutely, exciting! Makes me want to pack up the family and move abroad:-)
Hi Allison! We always talked about moving abroad, but were never really brave enough. We figured that we if were ever going to do it that we should do it now or we may never do it. So, we are just going for it! Maybe you and your family will decide to go for it one day! I would love to follow along with your adventures too! 🙂