I was born in Finland about 28 years ago. Since then, my life has taken me across Brazil on two different occasions, to Helsinki in Finland for school, to Kisumu in Kenya for an internship, to travels in India, Philippines, Holland and Costa Rica, and to New York, where I  pursued a Master’s Degree in International Affairs with a concentration and focus on issues regarding socio-economic development, human rights and participatory media. I graduated with my Master’s degree in May 2011, and have since worked with UNICEF headquarters in New York, until this past July. After a relaxing vacation month back in Finland, I have now relocated to Bangalore, India, with my husband.

My family is absolutely wonderful – they are in Finland. My Extended family, however, stretches from Finland to America to Brazil to Kenya to Australia to Sweden to France to all over the world. I consider myself extremely lucky – no matter where I am at, there are people around me who I love and care for.

This blog is a way for me to clean up my head when it becomes too cluttered with funny thoughts and silly ideas. It’s a way for me to share my opinions and musings about a life between cultures, about Finland, United States and India, about a multi-cultural marriage and all that comes with it, about always missing people no matter where I am, and searching for a sense of belonging, even though I don’t really think I want to find it. Being lost is actually pretty wonderful, especially since I have pretty great people in my life to get lost with. The search continues – Finland, USA, Brazil, Kenya, and now India. I might not know where I am going, but I am most definitely enjoying the journey there.


8 Responses to About

  1. I nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award. You totally deserve this 🙂
    Please check it here: http://readstuffwithme.wordpress.com/2012/10/26/beautiful-blogger-award/

  2. Chas Spain says:

    Your blog background is just wonderful. Great to connect with your writing here too.

  3. Dr Van Nostrand says:

    Now that you know who am I via my linkedin profile- I suppose you have all the ammunition to respond to my rather admittedly harsh comments above.

    Or better yet, email( in the details below)

    • Foreigner says:

      Hello there,

      I am happy that you’ve visited my blog and find the topics thought provoking, but at the same time I have a personal rule to not engage in debates that seem to be taking a direction of personal insults and attacks, mainly because I do not usually see any benefit in engaging with such comments. I think we learn most from those we disagree with, and I fully encourage discussion and debate – but I don’t think there is anything to be gained from aggressive, hateful comments, which is why I choose to not engage with them and not to throw gas to the flame, so to speak. I don’t want or need ammunition against you – I have no reason to come after you in any way. Sincerely, I wish you all the best.

  4. Dr Van Nostrand says:

    Good intentions paved some road leading to..I forget where

    Quit NGOS and get a real job and train young people in India with those skills
    That will do a lot more good
    You may find this difficult to hear but its based in fact:

    Ronald Reagan did more for world peace than Gandhi,Martin Luther King,Mother Theresa,Nelson , Solzhenitsyn, Mandela,Desmond Tutu, Yitzhak Rabin, Aung Sung Kyi and Princess Diana combined

    Actions always beat intentions or words

    Your efforts will yield little fruit, you are still young-join the “rat race” , in many ways it will be more fulfilling-its not PC but the truth often is not

    • Foreigner says:

      We will just have to agree to disagree here. I will keep my good intentions, and put them to use to do as much actual concrete good as I possibly can and know how. We all do what we can, and we choose our roads based on our own values, convictions and beliefs – and that is all we can do. You may not consider my work as “real work” or a “real job”, but I do. I also believe we make the biggest impact on others when we do something that we believe in and that makes us happy – and I am happy, and I believe in what I do. I hope that same for everyone and anyone.

  5. Erica Moeller says:


    I’ve been reading your blog and am intrigued. I currently serve in the US Army as a logistics officer and am considering leaving the military (and its security) to pursue a life as an expat aid worker. I have a ton of questions, some personal, others technical, that I would love to ask you. Do you mind emailing me so I can pick your brain for a bit? (I entered my email in the boxes below, do you have access to that info?)

    I appreciate your time, effort and blog! Thanks!

  6. Hi Emma.

    My name is Kevin Gillespie, I do, MUCH prefer to be called Kev however.

    I live in Wales, & am now Following your Blog. :).

    Best Wishes.

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