Once a cousin of mine who lived for 6 months in India told me that when you move to a totally strange country, the most anoying thing is always something you were not expecting. She was right! Before arriving to Finland, the most scary thing for me seemed to be the weather. Well, considering that the lowest temperature in Salvador (where I used to live in Brazil) I’ve ever gone through was 15 degrees. So I thought I would suffer with the extremely cold finnish weather. But then I arrived here, bought some warm clothes (coat, gloves, scarf, shoes) and everything went fine (except when it’s windy, rainy/snowy and f* cold at the same time).

Snow in Matinkyla

What is really anoying Carol and I is the food. Finnish food is horrible! (Of course not in absolute terms. This is just our impression based on our cultural background. Well, I’ve heard from some finns that they don’t like finnish food either. So this is becoming more absolute!) The general pattern is: cooked potatos with salad and “something else” with a bizarre sauce. They put tuna in the pepperoni pizza! Shit! Also it’s very common to see people drinking soured milk in the lunch (I haven’t tried soured milk yet but I will. Some day I’ll be drinking it too. Who knows?).


Brazilians are like a virus. They’re everywhere! I found out that there’s a quite big brazilian community in Finland. Carol and I started to make contact with some brazilians living in Helsinki and Espoo. There are some brazilian culture related places here too i.e samba and capoeira schools. In Finland, you can find any kind of information about the cities in the Internet. We found lots interesting cultural activities (music and movies mostly) in Helsinki and Espoo. (Cultural life in Helsinki region is cheaper than I expected by the way.) Interesting to see how the e-territory makes life easier in the territory.

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Lucas Rocha is just a brazilian guy who loves hacking and music. He lives in the frozen lands of Finland with his lovely wife Carol. He works for Nokia in the development of Hildon and Maemo. In his free time, he's a happy GNOME contributor. He has a mustache, a beard and big smile in his face.