Before moving to Lapland even Finns asked me, ‘Are you not afraid of the cold weather over there?’. Although we’ve been living in Rovaniemi only for three months now, I already managed to discover the good side of the chilly Lappish summer. Actually, I find it kind of liberating. Believe me, the hot summer is just so overrated!
There are plenty of things Rovaniemi is famous for. Maybe the biggest thing from all of them is, that this is the city of Santa Claus. Those who are into fast-food might not want to miss the chance to taste a cheeseburger made in the northernmost McDonald’s of the world. That’s also here in Rovaniemi. Or at least this is what I thought…
When it comes to Finland, people only talk about winter, snow, how cold the weather is and maybe about the Northern Lights. I don’t understand why they never mention the summer of Finland? Even though it’s cooler and shorter than what we are usually used to, it’s still fascinating. Especially here in Lapland where the sun doesn’t set down from June till mid-July.
Since we decided to move to Lapland I’ve been asked many times with a shocked facial expression: ‘But what will you do in Rovaniemi?’ Well, I think there are plenty of things to do in Rovaniemi and in Lapland. I already made a list about those things that I am most interested in.
Makaronilaatikko or Finnish Macaroni and Cheese a typical everyday dish in Finland. It’s easy to make but you shouldn’t underestimate it at all. Despite of its simplicity it’s a very delicious meal.
Have you ever had this feeling that you desire to live in a place where you’ve never been to? I never felt anything like that until we decided to move to Finland.
That was already the second time that we decided to greet the New Year on the streets of Helsinki. We went to Senate square to see the fireworks.
At that time when I knew Finland only through the Internet, I often saw pictures of snow-covered bikes. Only after I moved here I was able to solve the mystery of this phenomenon.
In the shop where we usually do the shopping they fool customers with sticker collecting promotion. If you collect certain number of stickers, you can get a mug. Since we do there the shopping every day and the mug is not crappy either, then we also collect the stickers.
I wouldn’t say I didn’t know anything about Finland before my first visit there. I’d rather say that I knew too much. I studied Hungarian Grammar and Literature at the college and since the Hungarian-Finnish cultural and linguistic relationship, we learned a lot about Finland and the Finns, about the country, the language, the history. And about the climate.