People often say, you have to go far to appreciate what you have near you. That is the thing with Finland for me, at least. When I’m at home, I often forget how well everything works in Finland. We have clean nature, fresh air, clean drinking water, good healthcare and our schoolsystem works really well. In other countries, many of these things are missing. Things that we finnish people take for granted.
I have travelled a lot in my life, and I can honestly say that there is no place like home. Wheter I have been to Vietnam, San Francisco or Havana, nothing feels better than to come back to Finland, breath the fresh air and drink the clean water. That is a feeling that I love. But don’t get me wrong, I love travelling and exploring new places. It’s amazing to see new countries and learn about new cultures. But the feeling when I get home, oh, it’s amazing. Being in a place where everything works, people show up for appointments, people keep their word and usually everything is as it seems, sometimes even better.
I love Finnish food. It might be weird to say that when you could say Italian, Mexican or Chinese or any other delicious food, but for me Finnish homecooked food tastes amazing. For example my grandmother’s meatballs and mashed potatoes, my favourite food, tastes absolutely amazing and it is a food that I miss everytime I’m travelling. It also makes me appreciate my family when I’m far away from home.
The world is filled with amazing places but nothing beats Finland, at least in my heart.