Foreigner or local?

Every once in a while I meet someone new (who doesn’t?).  As a foreigner in Finland that means first disbelief of why would anyone move to this country followed by either suspicion or only a request to know the whole set of decisions bringing you here, how do you like it here and how is your life here.  As I’ve lived in the Helsinki area for most of my adult life, explaining why and how I came to this point has become a longer story than I might be comfortable sharing on a first meeting, so depending on the person the exchange might go something like this:

“Mut, mistä sä oot kotoisin? (But, where are you from?)”

“Täältä (Here).”

Problem solved 😉

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