December 7th, 2011
1.part http://www.saulikoskinen.net/2011/12/va ... swers-yay/
2.part http://www.saulikoskinen.net/2011/12/va ... ay-jatkuu/
3.part http://www.saulikoskinen.net/2011/12/va ... -jatkuu-2/
Translation by @miachihu and @tiiqqu
Note: There are a couple of things that were written in English by Sauli, they've been marked with English.
Oh dear, you have written so many questions to me!! There are so many that unfortunately I can’t answer all of them, but here are at least quite a lot of answers!
Question: What do you wish for Christmas present? -Elina
Answer: Actually, I don’t want anything. My best gift is that I’ll get to see my own family.
Question: In your opinion, what has been the best thing in living in LA/USA and what do you miss most from Finland? And what has been the biggest culture shock so far? -Tikru
Answer: The best in living in LA is definitely the warm weather and food, and there are unbelievably positive people here. Also, good about this city is that there is always something going on and all kinds of things happen here every day.
Question: Are you still planning on making a career in the field of fashion? If yes, in what way? – What is your favorite shop in LA and why? – What is the weirdest thing you’ve eaten in Hollywood? -Ella
Answer: I don’t think I’m going to make a career in fashion even though I am interested in fashion and style. You never know what will happen.. There are lots of good shops in LA, so it’s really hard to name a favorite one. The weirdest thing I’ve eaten here is water snake.
Question: How do you usually spend your Christmas and do you still like knitting? -emmaa
Answer: I’ve spend all my Christmases with my family in Finland. I really haven’t knitted in years, but I think I still have that skill.
Question: Do you still walk a lot? Do you dare to move around by yourself when it’s dark? Have you seen Nordic walkers in LA? -Repekka
Answer: I do still walk a lot every day and I think it’s absolutely the best exercise! And yes, moving around here even in the night time is quite safe. Of course there are places that it’s wiser to stay away from, but with common sense you manage anywhere. Nordic walkers I haven’t come across here ever.
Question: I would like to know if there are good flea markets in LA? -Miuku
Answer: On Merlose (again he spells Melrose wrong… ) there is an outdoor flea market every Sunday which I have visited several times. I have made some good finds there every time.
Question: Which city do you like more, LA or NY? -Sirkku
Answer: The weather is better in LA and I’ve really grown to like this city. New York is to me still a bit unfamiliar place even though I’ve been there four times. I like NY because moving around there from one place to another is so much easier. However, people are much more relaxed in LA. So, I like both and in the future I want to get more familiar with NY.
Question: What is the most annoying thing in LA? Have you thought about getting more tattoos? Do you want to put some pics of them here on your blog and tell more about them? I know that some people do not necessarily want to talk about their tattoos in more detail. Your favorite places in the whole world? How about favorite places to travel? A place which you have wanted to visit but haven’t been able to so far? Have you missed snow at all? Name some things that are totally normal to you but people there think they are weird? For example some habits? Then, have you thought that something there is totally weird when it’s considered normal there? –Salla
Answer: The most annoying thing is the heavy traffic jams and time is a somewhat unknown factor in this city. I have thought about taking more tattoos but I don’t know yet when. First I should finish the coloring of my sleeve. I don’t like tattoo stories!! I can put some pics here in the blog when I will get a new one or I will finish this hand. My favorite place in the whole world is the home couch!! My favorite places to travel are Barcelona, Paris and New York! I have always wanted to visit Rome. Actually I do miss snow a bit. Here people think that the whole Finland and Finnish language are strange. About habits I’ll say that here no-one eats with knife and fork, everyone uses just fork. You use knife only for cutting the food and then you put it on the table. When you are finished, you don’t put the cutlery at 5 o’clock, you just throw them around the plate. That was the first exception I noticed. There are lots more of them and I can write a longer blog about them sometime.
Question: What’s the best movie you’ve seen lately? -lennu
Answer: The Help
Question: Do the people there know where Finland is and what it’s like here? Have people asked these funny questions from you, like “do you have polar bears there?” Are you often asked to say something in Finnish, and what do you say when asked? Do you still eat sandwiches and do you have a cheese-slicer? Have you gotten into Sauna there and was it allowed to throw water on the stove? -Mii
Answer: People do pretty much know where Finland is. No-one’s asked polar bear questions… People living here really don’t know that much about Finland and they are always amazed when I tell them about our long winter and short summer. I’ve been educating these people quite well already! I’ve been teaching Finnish to lots of people here and usually I always teach the same sentence to everyone: “minä rakastan sinua”. Many people can’t pronounce our r-sound. Teaching Finnish is about the most fun entertainment there is!! Thanks for asking! I thought I could someday make a street gallup of my own about this. I don’t eat sandwiches and I don’t have a cheese-slicer. I haven’t gotten into Sauna and that’s a thing I miss very much.
Question: Have you had trouble with measuring units there? They do have for examples miles instead of kilometres, and feet and inches… I myself would probably be totally lost with those! -Miisa
Answer: I can tell you that I still don’t understand a bit about those measuring units… I should probably start learning about them one day. Hah!
Question: Would you take a job as a host in TV-show if you were offered one? Or have you perhaps been asked some time? -Jomppe
Answer: Sure I would and who knows, maybe I will be hosting something in the future…
Question: How many times a week do you excercise? What do you do (jogging/gym)? Then, what kind of a diet to you follow? You are in such a good shape! What’s the funniest experience you’ve had while living abroad? Have you had situations where the language barrier has been insuperable? Where do you want to spend New Year’s Eve this year? In Finland? -Jenni
Answer: I exercise about 4 – 5 times a week. I run and go to gym. I love food and I’ve never followed a specific diet. Of course, during the week I try to eat versatile and wholesome food. Sunday is dedicated for stuffing myself with junk food. I fumble around so much everyday that I’m a walking incident myself. I do still have problems with the language, but it’s starting to get pretty good already. I still don’t have any plans for New Year.
Question: Have you had any earthquakes there? You had a storm there a couple of days ago. Did that one cause you problems? How about Christmas goodies, are they very different from the Finnish ones? Christmas dishes at least are somewhat different, I think. –kuu
Answer: No, there haven’t been earthquakes but we’ve had some bad storms. Three days ago we had such a horrible storm outside that I was totally freaking out in panic. There were power cuts in many places and the roads were full of fallen trees. I don’t know anything about American Christmas goodies since I’ve never spent Christmas here…
Question: Have you found new Finnish friends there? Do you ever feel lonely or homesick? –WLF
Answer: I’ve found many Finnish friends. Sometimes I feel homesick, but not so strongly that I’d like to live in Finland right now. This is a good place to be.
Question: What is the best thing in Christmas? Would you like to get to design clothes again? And then a “funny” story that came into my mind: a couple of years ago in some interview you were hoping to get a big freestanding full size mirror with lamps going around the frame, do you remember ? Do you have one of those now? Wishing you everything good and eagerly waiting for the next “calendar door” to open. –LenaS
Answer: Best thing about Christmas is food and family! Designing clothes is not exactly my thing, even though I do like to give a lot of thought to dressing up. I don’t recall talking about that sort of a mirror, but I guess I have to get one now since I’ve wanted to have one sometime .
Question: You’ve told once that you like cleaning and arranging places, even so that your friends tease you about walking around with a washcloth in your hand. Do you clean also there in Hollywood? –Justme
Answer: I love cleaning!!! I still walk around with a washcloth in my hand and arrange places. I just cleaned the kitchen.
Question: I thought I’d ask you, now that you’re spending Christmas in Finland, who are you going to spend it with? (obviously at least with your godson). I would also like to ask that when you said in some interview in Ilta-Sanomat that you own at least 50 pairs of jeans, where can you find enough room for all your clothes? (yes, I actually have thought about that) haha –Broken
Answer: I’m spending my Christmas with my family. I do own 50 pairs of jeans and I’ve bought at least 30 pairs more while living here. Neatly folded clothes fit anywhere.
Question: Have you noticed if you’ve started to think in English or that you see dreams in English? And then again, when you speak Finnish you can’t find some words and you have to say them in English. Does this sound familiar to you? This has happened to me and actually kind of “scarily” fast when I was away from Finland for a longer time. What do you do when you are feeling really homesick, or actually missing Finland? As your home is now there… What Finnish food you miss most and do you cook Finnish food? –Anne
Answer: I have actually noticed that many times I’m thinking in English. I do have quite a lot of Finnish friends here, too, so my Finnish hasn’t gotten rusty. When I get homesick I call to Finland . I miss Finnish rye bread, milk, mashed potatoes and meatballs!! YUM!!
Question: Have you ever played Santa Claus at Christmas? -Kirsi
Answer: Hah! I’ve played Santa many times!!
Question: What is the strangest animal you’ve seen in America? –Glitter
Question: How good is your partner’s new album?! So desperate to hear it! -Beth
Answer: It’s amazing!! Really good!!
Also, you’ve asked about my site and given a lot of praise to it (thank you for that) and also mentioned Min and Zia (edit: actually Mia and Zinnia, LOL) who are translating my blogs to English. Speaking about that, I’d like to add still something here…
Min & Zia, thank you! Like I’ve told in my blog’s front page, I plan to have some more content in my web page in the future and also provide an option to my readers to choose the language between Finnish and English. But as you all probably understand, running this page and writing the blog is a huge task and translations and improvements require more resources than I have at the moment. So I’m really glad someone is so kind and translates the text until I have a chance to have my page in two languages. Thank you so much for the help, for the interest and for the patience! This all makes me really humble, you all are amazing and it feels unbelievable! Still I have to run my page and build it up step by step, but I want to let you know that I’ve got some improvement plans and dreams for the page in the future… Hopefully we’ll get there someday, some year! We’ll see! Anyway, now it’s a blog and in my own language and I hope you all enjoy it as much as possible!
Also, I have to point out that I’ve not created this site all by myself. I like to write a blog and this really is my thing, but I do get some help as well! If you look at the bottom of the page, you see links to the peeps that help me. KWD Digital in Helsinki has three talented T’s who help me: Teemu designed and did the gorgeous layout, Timo handled the technical stuff and Tommi does the daily moderation and designs and develops the site little by little. HYPR Agency’s Sanna helps me with all sort of contacts and is my link to Finland, and is sparring me almost daily from Finland (or in Finnish time – almost every night) and we plan and develop things together. Whoa, thank god I have help, there are so many visitors to the site that I really wouldn’t be able to handle all the technical stuff by myself. A big thanks to all of you for your support! It’s fun to write!
But even though I have all this help this really is my very own thing and really looking like that too which is absolutely great! Yay!! Hopefully we’ll be able to develop the site further one of these days, but let’s not go ahead of things yet but just concentrate on this blogging in Finnish for now. .. There are still many doors in the Christmas calendar to be opened!
Here we had now answers to some of the questions and some well earned thanks too. However, the biggest thanks I’d like to give to you, my readers – without you I’d be just writing this all just for myself. Without readers this whole thing would be so dumb and boring!
In the future I’ll write down the most interesting questions and answer to them about once a month. Tomorrow I’ll tell you more about yesterday’s Finnish party…. Yay!!