The onset of the pandemic was abrupt to say the least. One day we were enjoying the Finnish Culinary Delights at the Finland Hall, the next day we were rushing to the Job Lot to gather food, water, and TP. As I reflect back on this past year and how we (The ACME Finns) spent our time, I realize that it was ensconced in Finnish culture and tradition. What follows is our journey of discovery of the wonderful sights, sounds, tastes, & spirit of sisu that make up our Finnish Heritage.
Maybe it was because M and I had just returned from Finland in mid-December, maybe it was the energy we received from attending the latest Finnish-American Heritage Society (FAHS) event, or maybe it was just coincidence. Either way, we sure did learn much about Finnish culture over the past year. Going forward, M and I will be writing a series of blog articles, titled “Celebrating Our Finnish Heritage”. Each will bring you along on our Finnish discovery during the COVID-19 era. By no means are we claiming expertise in any of these subject. To the contrary, we are seeking knowledge of the Finnish culture and our personal heritage, then sharing what we learn through this site. This is meant to give you a ‘sneak peek’ of what is to come. Full articles are accessed by clicking an area of interest in the menu above. Here’s a preview:
The Finnish Foodie - As you get to know us, you will discover that M and I are “foodies”. If you don’t know what a foodie is or haven’t heard that term before, Webster’s Dictionary defines a foodie as: “a person who enjoys and cares about food very much.” In this series, M and I will share our favorite foods and drinks from Finland. More importantly, we will share ways to purchase them that may or may not involve the Job Lot (shout out to Sean). We’ll even share our recipes so you can make them in your home.
The Sauna - Two years ago, M's parents and our newest FAHS members, Nelly (The Finn) and Jerry (galvanized), gifted us their sauna kit. Stacked neatly in a pile, off in the dark recesses of our basement collecting dust it sat. In the second week of lock down, we (the whole family) decided it was time to build this sauna. We worked for hours on a Saturday and a Sunday setting it up. Once the Finnishing (deliberate spelling) touches were completed and the sauna was operational, we began our sauna odyssey.
The Music - Occasionally, we stumbled across the Finnish culture when we weren't even trying. Six years ago, a friend of ours and a huge fan of the British rock band, AC/DC, showed me a video of a band covering an AC/DC hit called Thunderstruck. Fast forward to 2020 while browsing YouTube, we came across the same video, so we decided to watch. We liked it, so we watched another music video by this unknown band, a cover of a Metallica song called, Nothing Else Matters. While the song was known by both of us, it was the landscape in the video that struck M as familiar. Find out why in this series.
Technology - In these episodes, we will share their experiences with using technology to gain access to all things Finland. From listening to local radio stations across Finland, to attending online concerts, to watching New Year’s Eve in Helsinki on TV, or even learning how to speak Finnish, all from the comfort of your own home; we will share the ways we leveraged the internet and other technologies to get a live view into Finland.
Finally, in each of our posts, we will be asking for you to share your stories celebrating our Finnish Heritage here in America. We would love to hear how you enjoy the Finnish culture, especially the food! If you don’t want to write an entire article, share your story or recipe with us and we’ll be sure to include it in one of our episodes. Until then...
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