How to Spot an American

The following is broad generalization based on over two years of interactions with North Americas and foreigners from other countries living in Finland. There are things that people from the United States (and, to some degree, Canada) do that people from other places don’t do. While I admit that I have been guilty of some…

The Reality of Being a Foreigner

When we left the United States, there were Americans who told us, “Remember, everything you do reflects upon your country”. In one of the first orientations Katie went through at the university, she was told “You are here representing you, not your country, so relax and be yourself”. In the intervening years, we’re had both…