In 2017, I left Panama to go live in Finland for love. Yes, just as you read it, for love. I left my country with many mixed feelings but very eager to start a new adventure.
Arriving in Finland was easy but adapting to the people, the culture, the winter and the language was the hard part. Finns (not all of them) are very reserved and you have to gain their trust; as for the language, as you know, it is one of the most difficult in the world but with a lot of practice you can learn it. The winter was the most difficult for me, in the movies they show you that everything is white and beautiful but the reality is very different, it is dark and very cold but thanks to the friendships I made in the Finnish courses I managed to survive the unforgivable Finnish winter.
In July 2017, I applied to Lappeenranta University of Technology to study a master's degree in Supply Management. When I passed the first phase of the process, the university called me for interview and my husband was nervous, he gave me a series of indications of things not to do in the interview, but as I am not very obedient I just went ME in the whole interview. After a few months I received the best news, I was accepted and so began the next adventure, moving to another city.
In 2017, I left Panama to move to Finland for love. Yes, as you read it, for love. I left my country with many mixed feelings but with many eagerness to start a new adventure.
Arriving in Finland was easy but adapting to people, culture, winter and language was the hard part. The Finns (not all) are very reserved and you must earn their trust; As for the language, as you know, it is one of the most difficult in the world but with a lot of practice you can learn. Winter was the hardest for me, in the movies they show that everything is white and beautiful but the reality is very different, it's dark and very cold but thanks to the friendships I made in the courses of ends I managed to survive the unforgivable winter of Finland.
In July 2017, I applied to the technological university of Lappeenranta to study a master's degree in Supply Managament. When I passed the first phase of the process, the university called me to interview me and my husband was nervous, he gave me a series of indications of things I should not do in the interview, but since I am not very obedient, I was simply ME throughout the interview. After months I received the best news, I was accepted and that's how the next adventure began, moving from town.
Hi Lene, it must be hard to live so far away from home, really an adventure!
How long did it take you to learn the language?
Was it difficult to obtain residency?
May you have an eternal honeymoon!
Hi Ligia, thank you for your comment.
if it is very difficult to live away from home.
As for your questions, I am still learning the language and for the residency they ask for a lot of documents.
thank you for your good wishes.
I love this space you have to share your experiences abroad.
We look forward to hearing more about your extraordinary adventure.
Thank you for your comment.
Lene❤️, I love that you have created this space to share your experience with the world. Perhaps many people are about to undertake the same adventure that you are living, but still do not dare. This space can serve as motivation for them. I hope you keep writing and sharing with us your new life story in Filandia.
thank you very much for your comment, I hope this space helps others who are going through the same thing to take that step and that you know that it is okay to be afraid.
I love it!! super love it! i am so happy to see you achieving such beautiful things in your life! and since i met you like in 2014 until now, i see a glowing Lene and finally doing things that you enjoy and make you happy! from my heart i wish you always the best.
I look forward to learning more about this experience in Finland.
Hi Arleen, thank you so much for your beautiful words, when we met neither of us was happy in what we were doing. I am so happy to see you full of life doing what you love.
diego parra says
hello princess, greetings and best of luck and blessings in your projects.
Thank you very much for your support.
Hi, how are you? I love it...I didn't know that you were no longer in Panama and that you got married. Many congratulations. God bless you and your husband too! Enjoy...I already subscribed.
Hi Massiel, yes I moved to Finland and got married.
Thank you very much, I hope you like my blog.
I love it Lene! last winter your tips were very helpful! enjoy this experience!
Hi Sarita! Glad my tips worked for you, I'm going to write a post about winter in Finland later on.
I love your blog and I wish you success in everything you do.
Hello, I am very happy that you like it, thank you for your good wishes.
Giselle Garrido says
Congratulations, keep up the good work my girl, I look forward to read more of your adventures.
Thank you Giselle for your beautiful words.
You rocked it, girlfriend! I am super proud of you.
Your words fill me with so much happiness.
I am very pleased that you are happy because that is what we are here to find our other half and to fight together for our individual dreams and as a couple, I wish you the best in the world.
Thank you Yessie for your beautiful words, best wishes to you too.
Hi Marlene! How happy I am to know that you are undertaking this new project, because you have stepped out of your comfort zone and took the plunge! Good luck and success!
Thank you, it was difficult but I feel very good about this new project.
My dear Lene, we have been friends for more than 10 years and I am happy to see how your dreams are growing. regardless of the distance or the time difference, we have a special bond that answers to both of us and we will always be together to support each other in good times and bad.
remember that you always need someone to listen to you. i am glad that your goals and dreams are being fulfilled and you will see that you will see the sunshine every morning.
Hi Rodrii, we have been friends for more than 10 years and I am very happy for all the support you give me.
Thank you for being present on every occasion and for all the help.
I love you very much.