That's right friends, Helsinki, Finland.
It can be mighty difficult to describe all the odors that exist in Helsinki, or any other city for that matter, but in my mind Finland smells like a combination of sizzling makara [Finnish sausage], forest-scented air fresheners, the ocean, and freshly baked pulla.
After spending my previous summer in Vaasa and Helsinki, I moved to Finland in 2012 to study Finnish language and culture at the University of Tampere. My time is now spent between Helsinki and Tampere, playing music with the Hi-Fly Rangers and the Barnshakers, and frequenting the country's finest sound archives and record shops. Though I can't say I understand it, pesäpallo, a variation on baseball and the Finnish national sport, is slowly growing on me and my favorite bands are expanding exponentially.