I am 27 years old and live in Grand Rapids, Michigan (USA). Grand Rapids is located 30 minutes from Lake Michigan. I came to Finland (Maunula) in August of 2003 as a visiting student through the US-Finland Fulbright Exchange Program (www.fulbright.fi). I attended Helsingin Yliopisto at the Social Sciences Faculty and Language & Culture Faculty.
I also came with my wife, Heather, and daughter, Brenna. We have many good memories of Maunula, mostly walking the wooded trails of the large forest/park (Maunulanpuisto) near our apartment on Haavikkotie. Also, we spent many hours at the large park near Maunulan yhteiskoulu. Towards the end of our stay, in the spring of 2004, our daughter started to participate in a singing class at the children’s park.
To you, it may seem like small, boring things, but because everything was so different every day was exciting for us. Even visiting the Alepa or the Pizza Taxi was a challenge (and therefore fun).
Currently back in the US I am working for The Charter Group (www.charter-group.com). I help people buy and sell small businesses in Michigan.
My wife & I talk about returning to Helsinki some day, but it seems too difficult because we have three children and finding a job would be hard because of our lack of Finnish speaking ability.
Thank you for your interest. I will send some pictures of us in Maunula too.
PS TOIMITUS: Matthew otti yhteyttä kotisivujen palautelaatikon kautta ja kertoi Maunula-kokemuksistaan.