Introducing Finland and Myself

Surprisingly, not a lot of people know very much about Finland. I can confidently say that 90% of people that I tell that I am Finnish stare blankly back at me with an awkward silence. They then ask me “finished with what?

Finland is an amazing country nuzzled in the middle of Russia, Norway and Sweden with perfect access to the Baltic Sea. Finland prides itself with it’s cleanliness, relaxation and educated citizens. Finns call their beautiful country “Suomi” (sue-owe-me). While I was there, this country truly romanced me with it’s gorgeous environment and homey aura.

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Espoo, Finland- Photo I took on my way walking to the market in October.

Technically speaking, I am a quarter Finnish, however, it tends to be much more apparent in me than the rest of my family.  My grandfather was a pure Finn, which sparked the fascination and passion for Finland and it’s culture.

The one downfall Finland’s stereotype seems to continuously convey is that the food is not very good. So, I dug through my great -grandmother’s old recipes, from before they moved to the United States, and was pleasantly surprised. After cooking these recipes a couple times, tweaking them to make them my own, I have concocted an overall plan to open the eyes of the rest of the world to experience a culture and flavor never experienced before.

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Me Steelhead fishing in South-West Washington.

Originally from Seattle, Washington, I am currently living in the small, country town, Bozeman, Montana. I have a wonderful husband and dog that both love where we live.

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Picture I took of a Mule deer buck near Fairy Lake in the Bridger Mountains of Montana; the last best place for a reason.

As our little family is rolling into 2019, I have gained the support of an amazing man in chasing my dreams of learning all that I can about traditional Finnish cooking and opening the first Finnish restaurant in the United States! Of course this task is incredibly daunting! When staying in a cabin in Espoo, Finland, my hosts shared with me a valuable word that does not translate to English. Finns use this word due to the harsh conditions and difficulty of living in Finland; it takes a strong person to stick through the winter to win the prize of a Finnish summer.
Here is the best definition I could find:

SISU (see-soo)
Extraordinary determination, courage and resoluteness in the face of extreme adversity. An action mindset which enables individuals to see beyond their present limitations and into what might be. Taking action against the odds and reaching beyond observed capacities. An integral element of Finnish culture and also universal capacity for which the potential exists within all individuals.

With that, I invite you to come along in my journey with hopes that you will gain a sisu mindset and let it empower you, try new things and enable you to chase your dreams as well.

 

Cheers!
Hannah

 

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