Helsinki, Finland

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Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki, Finland

Where and How: My husband is Finnish, and we have a home outside of Helsinki.

Best Advice: I've definitely been on a learning curve; the language is seriously difficult unless you've got the time to study. Even a trip to Prisma, one of Finland's supermarket chains, can be a huge challenge. On one expedition, there were so many kinds of milk (and yogurt and other stuff that all looks like milk) that I came back with buttermilk. I've learned a couple of things: 1) If you need help, you're more likely to find that younger (under 50) Finns can speak some English. 2) They're incredibly kind, gentle and understanding to foreign visitors.

-- Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief, Cruise Critic

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