Finland, Fails, Irish, Irish People, Make Mistakes, Ireland

During my blog's history I have been going on and on about myself: my experiences as an immigrant in Canada and as a part of a multicultural couple. But how about the other side of the coin? How does all this work out for the Canadian underdog, the boyfriend - or "un chum" as they say here in Québec? I asked Alex to write me a guest post about his experiences as the receiving side of this multicultural chaos.

During my blog's history I have been going on and on about myself: my experiences as an immigrant in Canada and as a part of a multicultural couple. But how about the other side of the coin? How does all this work out for the Canadian underdog, the boyfriend - or "un chum" as they say here in Québec? I asked Alex to write me a guest post about his experiences as the receiving side of this multicultural chaos.

I'm standing in a queue to enter Vancouver Art Gallery, chatting with a friend, when suddenly the man standing in front of us turns around and strikes up a conversation: "Do you mind me asking where you're from?" "From Québec", my friend answers for us. "Québec City."

I'm standing in a queue to enter Vancouver Art Gallery, chatting with a friend, when suddenly the man standing in front of us turns around and strikes up a conversation: "Do you mind me asking where you're from?" "From Québec", my friend answers for us. "Québec City."

6 days ago I boarded a plane away from my life in Québec. As the plane took off and I got my last glimpse of the city lights of Montréal in the dimming night, I knew I had turned my back for all that could have been: my temporary work permit could have been extended, turned into a permanent residence, and in the end, maybe one day, I would have held my Canadian passport in my own trembling hands after having cheerfully chanted the lyrics of O, Canada in front of a jury. In the very end, if…

6 days ago I boarded a plane away from my life in Québec. As the plane took off and I got my last glimpse of the city lights of Montréal in the dimming night, I knew I had turned my back for all that could have been: my temporary work permit could have been extended, turned into a permanent residence, and in the end, maybe one day, I would have held my Canadian passport in my own trembling hands after having cheerfully chanted the lyrics of O, Canada in front of a jury. In the very end, if…

Looking for advice on how to survive that monster, long-distance? Look no further, 'cause you're with a professional. 4 different partners, a total of 2 years of expensive phone calls and lonely nights. My current boyfriend of 3 years and I survived over a year of trans-Atlantic love. What works? What doesn't work? I swear by now I have seen it all.

Looking for advice on how to survive that monster, long-distance? Look no further, 'cause you're with a professional. 4 different partners, a total of 2 years of expensive phone calls and lonely nights. My current boyfriend of 3 years and I survived over a year of trans-Atlantic love. What works? What doesn't work? I swear by now I have seen it all.

Spring giveaway for my fellow travellers!

GPSMyCity is organising a seasonal giveaway for their GPS-guided travel articles, and the Strayling is excited to tag along the fun!

The Strayling was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award!

The Strayling was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award!

Where is 'home' for an expat? Why is it so weird to visit your home country after living abroad?

Where is 'home' for an expat? Why is it so weird to visit your home country after living abroad?

Helping Hands, Weird Google Searches, Search Engine Optimization

My Canadian SO is the comic relief of my blog, and he's at it again. This post by Alex is a window to his Canadian mind, experiencing Finland as an outsider. Stereotypes confirmed, stereotypes broken? How do Finland and Finns seem for someone from the Great White North?

My Canadian SO is the comic relief of my blog, and he's at it again. This post by Alex is a window to his Canadian mind, experiencing Finland as an outsider. Stereotypes confirmed, stereotypes broken? How do Finland and Finns seem for someone from the Great White North?

You say it's not a big deal, I say I'm scared shitless. Why? I don't even know where to begin. Let's make a list...

You say it& not a big deal, I say I& scared shitless. Let& make a list.

There are times when living abroad feels like the best idea ever, and then there are times when you wish you never left. This is a story about the latter one.

There are times when living abroad feels like the best idea ever, and then there are times when you wish you never left.

You know what's annoying? Migration. You know what's even more annoying? Migrating in the EU with a non-EU citizen.

You know what& annoying? You know what& even more annoying? Migrating in the EU with a non-EU citizen.

"You're from Finland? But isn't that like one of the best countries in the world? Why on earth would you move somewhere else?" You can't imagine how often I've heard this. I'm so used to explaining my current whereabouts it has become like a mantra created solely to make people understand my motives for emigration. So what pushed me to leave Finland and seek life elsewhere?

"You're from Finland? But isn't that like one of the best countries in the world? Why on earth would you move somewhere else?" You can't imagine how often I've heard this. I'm so used to explaining my current whereabouts it has become like a mantra created solely to make people understand my motives for emigration. So what pushed me to leave Finland and seek life elsewhere?

Many people live in the illusion that living a life abroad is somehow different to normal - and sometimes it definitely can be. However, for the most part, us immigrants struggle with the same daily tasks and errands as our home team back in the Old Continent. But what is different, and what is the same? How does a normal day in the life of a Finn in French-speaking Canada look like? How is it to work in a major video game company abroad?

Many people live in the illusion that living a life abroad is somehow different to normal - and sometimes it definitely can be. However, for the most part, us immigrants struggle with the same daily tasks and errands as our home team back in the Old Continent. But what is different, and what is the same? How does a normal day in the life of a Finn in French-speaking Canada look like? How is it to work in a major video game company abroad?

Mon pays, ce n'est pas un pays, c'est l'hiver - Gilles Vigneault's famous lyrics beautifully describe Québec. When it comes to stereotypes, everyone has heard horror stories about the merciless Canadian winter: temperatures drop far below -30 °C as the snow buries cities under its coat. So how does it feel, and moreover - how to survive it? Is there a way to get the most out of the Great White North in winter without freezing?

Do you have a Finnish friend? Here are 10 Finnish stereotypes your Finnish friend is probably really tired of hearing. Swedes, darkness and everything in between.

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