talking with Finnish strangers on instagram.

I wanted to learn more about Finland from people who actually live there.

Yes, I could Google it, but how do you know what people actually do day-to-day? I didn’t want Finnish stereotypes, so I decided to DM three complete strangers on Instagram.  I did a people search with “Finland,” looked for photos I loved and sent out a few messages.  I heard back from two people.

Here’s what I learned…

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I was so excited and surprised that someone actually responded.  I was also messaging back and forth with him during Toronto’s Santa Clause Parade.  Reading the transcript over afterwards, I wish I didn’t sound so curt.

Simo and I have kept in touch since that first conversation.  As I learn more about my family and new questions arise, he has been great about answering them for me.  I realize that I can Google things but I like that I can have a conversation with someone who lives there.

I also learned a lot from Katya (from Helsinki).  She told me about the new library being built with a sauna inside of it.  Amazing.  She ended up sending me a postcard in the mail and I sent her daughter some stickers.  It really is a small world.

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