Back to my roots

Trip Start May 09, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Back to my roots.
And I can finally say I am a natural blonde! and some things Ive learned about Finnish Culture!

After I decided to come to Finland I found out that my mom has Finnish heritage. Though it came as a surprise I didnt think too deeply into it, until I arrived in Finland. I never expected this trip to reach into my Family history, nor explain the little oddities in my upbringing. Ive discovered many things that my mom does are not as odd as I once thought they were. Some of the things are very common in Finland, by the general population. Oddly I feel I really fit in here (minus the language barrier). Not only in the way I was raised but also in my physique, and my thoughts and ideas. I look a lot like the people who live here, in complexion and body type. Also over the past few weeks my skin has cleared up and has never felt so soft and so good. Not to mention my roots are growing in blonde!

Things Ive learned about the culture: (some relate to me others dont)
Food:Finns eat a ton of fish, mostly salmon, and drink alot of milk, they love their berries and they love their mushrooms! An ideal summer is spent in the middle of nowhere on a lake fishing, picking berries, hunting for mushrooms, drinkin beer and sauna.

Friends and family: Finnish are very reserved in nature, and like their privacy. Finns are not usully quick to make friends but when they do make a friend they are friends for life. Family is not a big centre for Finns (excluding their partner and their children). They would rather be left alone.

Drinking: drinking in Finnish culture is unusual. Finns are usually quiet and reserved, but this chages with a couple of drinks. drinking is used as a means to escape their shells as well as a way to bond with others. But all will be forgotten the next day and a reserved form will once again preside. Finns along with other Scandinavians are known for having beautiful complexions and young looking skin, which they tend to destroy with Alcohol and heavy smoking over the years.
Finns worship the sun and the summer, they will find any reason to sun bathe and to be outside during the summer months

The matriarchy: Finn women are in control of society. Tradionaly they have kept their men in line and in the long run have ended up with better jobs than men and are better educated. They tend to run the show, leaving men with the brunt of house work. The men just listen to what the woman tell them to do.

Marriage has become a lessened institution. It is very common for Finns never to marry, but to live with a partner for many years and even have children. There is not a heavy weight on marriage, but rather on partnership.
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