1. I gave up small talk.
I’ve always been told I’m quiet for an American, but I do speak to strangers more than Finns. In Finland, small talk isn’t necessary, and when someone asks how you are, or invites you to visit – they genuinely mean it.
2. I got comfortable being naked around strangers, new friends, and their families.
In Finland, the sauna is a healthy way to bond and cleanse, and it’s typical to go in the nude, even with strangers. I spent Christmas day with a friend and his family, and the first thing I did when I met his mom and sister was strip down and head into the sauna.