Having grown up in a Finnish family in the United States and having spent most summers in Finland, I would say that I have inherited traits from both cultures. I’m rather shy around new people and it takes me a while to get comfortable with people, but once I get comfortable I have no problem with physical affection and I’m anything but shy. I tend to keep my emotions hidden except with my closest friends, which I would say is definitely my Finnish side.
I have always loved Finland for the peace and calm that it brings me when at the lake or walking in the woods, and I love spending time outdoors, surrounded by nature. However, I do notice that I miss the hecticness of large cities as well.
I have loved living in Finland and all the experiences it has brought with it, a big one being the 4 seasons. I spent most of my life in California where there are basically 2 seasons, summer and fall/spring. I have really enjoyed having a proper winter and all of the activities that come with it!