Mid-May marked the beginning of the end of my year in Finland. All of my lessons and concerts at the Sibelius Academy wrapped up, and I braced for 1.5 months of being a tourist and a tour gu… Read More
Vappu in Helsinki. Vappu in Tampere: Dipping the freshmen into the freezing cold river. Tehe signature white caps worn by ALL graduates and high school alumni. Scenes from T… Read More
One adventure that deserves its own post! For Easter I was invited to my friend’s house near Tampere, Finland. She, her husband, and her toddler twins hosted me for a traditional Finni… Read More
Huittinen Honor Band Skiing with the Ikonens Saxophones small and large Waiting for the Royal family to arrive Chris’s last day in Finland Rauma Old Town St. Petersburg Read More
From the moment I hopped off the plane in January, I knew I was in for a busy spring semester. These past few months have taken me to all corners of Finland and surrounding countries, and it… Read More
Well, actually that was in Norwegian…but close enough to Swedish, right? Chris and I had a final “hurrah” in late February: a mini-vacation to Stockholm. We found some che… Read More
I must say, Chris and I were looking at our return trip to Finland after Christmas with a bit of despair. Sure, at that time we were sunbathing in Arizona and had the somber 9:30 A.M. sunris… Read More
Well, here I am with a few minutes to reflect on the whirlwind that was the holiday season. Chris and I literally traveled across the country: Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Iowa… Read More
For those of you who don’t know, “Lapland” is the name for the northernmost region of Finland. Basically all of Lapland is above the arctic circle. Chris and I decided to t… Read More
The conducting class meets Santa The Turku cathedral September in Rovaniemi On my first cruise ship! Views of Old Town, Tallinn Sunlight at noon in early November CHOCOLATE! Finnish Parliame… Read More
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