Life in Finland
"In Autumn 2019, our longed-for Finnish life had finally begun. Knowing that we were going to celebrate a magical snowy Christmas made us even more happy. Autumn and winter have always been our favorite seasons and being able to enjoy Finland at this time of the year was really exciting. We dreamed of meters of snow, hot chocolate and ice skates."
" Another huge difference found at work was the relationship with colleagues. Initially I had difficulty integrating: I could not understand if their coldness and their detachment were due to my presence. They were kind, they almost always spoke in English so as not to make me uncomfortable, but I was not used to those long embarrassing silences and that little if not nonexistent facial expressions. Over time, I began to understand them as they began to understand me, with my gesticulating hands and my sarcastic spirit. However, it was initially a great culture shock."
" There is great respect for the environment, which I have never seen before. In 2020 Finland was the European country with the greatest cut in CO2 emissions (-5.2%) and reached 40% of energy produced using green resources. We ourselves, through an app that regulates our contracts and electricity consumption - can choose our personal energy source. "
Time to move
"I didn't know how the interview had gone until August. The person with whom it was held contacted me, asking me if we would be able to move to Finland in two months. She was offering me a permanent contract starting in November."
"Absurdly, the idea of owning a hectare of green and wonderful land that was just waiting for us was even more intolerable than not having it. We got up at 3am to go to work everyday, breathed in smog, spent hours at work in the demanding chaos of London.. and were sad. Sure, proud of our step forward .. but fundamentally sad because we were too far away."
" Again, these obstacles never frightened us. We spent hours talking, imagining scenarios, possibilities, solutions, researching and laughing at our sometimes absurd ideas."
We did it!
"A month had passed since our first trip to Finland and we decided to give ourselves a few days' holiday in Scotland to celebrate our birthdays and have time together to think, away from our busy London life."
"On January 31, 2019 we found ourselves walking the same Odyssey we had undertaken months before, this time, however, with a little more awareness and knowledge. And perhaps even more courage."
"They welcomed us with coffee, pastries and various sweets. The old owner told us, in stunningly correct English, the story of the old property, of how four generations had lived there and made it what it is today. There were greenhouses, animals, hives, fishes in the lake and crops. In short, he described what we intended to build. As soon as he became aware of our intentions, he could not hold back his emotion."
"Once again, we took advantage of the trip to stay at the Hotel in Helsinki and return to visit our new favorite restaurant. That evening we happily celebrated the beginning of the dream that seemed, absurdly, ever more real."
Look! It’s Dreamland!
"Of course, we had to expect this: an Italian and a Frenchman, living in London, contact an agency scattered in the Finnish woods via an email written in English, with a few words copied on google translate to impress them."
"The plane left at 7 pm, and we landed in Helsinki at midnight."
"As there was no train leaving until 5 in the morning, we decided to sleep at the airport, finding it useless to waste money on a hotel for only a few hours."
"One hectare of land with two immense forests and a few minutes' walk from a small beach by the lake."
"Estimating having to move initially to Helsinki, we decided to spend two days in the city."
"Like good tourists, the first thing we did as soon as we left our bags at the Hotel was to look for a restaurant where we could taste salmon, reindeer, and elk."
"What we want to achieve is simple: escape from the city and live in nature, in a wooden house built by us, surrounded by our bio-farm, producing: goat milk and cheese, honey, greenhouse fruit and vegetables, and organic cosmetics."
"The first thing to do was to choose the place: to find a country that supported small businesses, where the economic situation was stable and growing, where education and the welfare state, and not consumerism and corruption were the basis on which the state-supported, was fundamental."
" Once again, we did things our way."