A Tale of Two Countries
Growing up in two countries gives Outi a different perspective on where home is.
"Terve! Mum nimeni en Outi! Hello my name is Outi!
My dad's English and my mum's Finnish. I was born in England and moved to Finland when I was nine.
It was a bit of a culture shock switching from an English school to a Finnish school. I used the words 'En ymmarra' - I don't understand and 'mitaz' - pardon? quite a lot. It's amazing how quickly you can absorb a new language as a child. I soon learnt to speak my mother tongue and fit in to the Finnish culture.
While in Finland I missed England a lot. Especially my granny and having tea by the fire on Sunday afternoons in her cosy house.
I returned to England at the age of 20 and I find I miss many things about Finland: the peace and quiet; walking in the forest and sitting by the lake.
I love the seasons - summer at a summer cottage sitting through the nightless midsummer night and the winter with the snow and skiing on the ice. I visit once or twice a year and really appreciate my time there.
These two places are important to me and hold strong memories of growing up, and will always have a place in my heart and be a part of me.
But who I am is not just about where I am from. I now feel that I could go anywhere in the world - and where I laid my hat would be my home."