One of my favorite things about Helsinki is the pop-up phenomenon. It seems that every time I’m tromping through the open square at Kamppi on my way to the bus station, there’s something going on. It might be a concert in celebration of Ex-Criminal Day (no joke), a bunch of vendors selling licorice and cheese, or tables with steaming bowls of soup ready for the taking while an episode of Master Chef is being filmed (which resulted in my 1.5 seconds of fame on Finnish TV).
I’m a high school physics teacher from Boston who is spending four months researching education in Finland on a Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching grant. See the about me and Fulbright pages for background information.
On Sunday I arrived in Helsinki, exhausted from a sleepless overnight flight that was preceded by a hectic week that included midyear exams, conveying all of the necessary information to the teacher who replaced me, and shoveling mounds of record-breaking snow in Boston. I had an evening to unpack (or if I’m being honest, to start unpacking, as I haven’t yet finished . . . ) and then I attempted to get some rest before the Fulbright orientation began.