“How was your summer?”…oh that dreaded question. No doubt most of us have returned to work and the golden days of heat and light seem far, far away. But let’s cast our memories back to the not so distant past and recall – but not quite put a cap on – Helsinki, Summer Edition v.2014.

Atlanta, Georgia is not an obvious city. Your store-bought guidebook is useless. Most likely the person behind the desk at your hotel is too. You are going to need a guide. Hi, I’m a 38-year-old native and I want you to love this city as much as I do. But first, a brief history.

CultureDude is an online platform that provides cultural tips and tricks to avoid awkward intercultural encounters.

Imagine this scenario: you are in Peru, and you’ve been invited to a friend’s house for dinner. Do you bring wine or something non-alcoholic? Once you have arrived, should you offer a hug, a handshake, or a peck on the cheek? Or perhaps you’re in Australia. Is it culturally appropriate to enjoy a relaxing moment in the sauna naked? Well, avoid unnecessary embarrassment (and possible arrest), as unlike in Finland, the answer is no, you should always wear an item of clothing when you visit a public sauna Down Under.

Life’s menu includes everything from protecting urban pollinators to Hungarian sausage for this urban ecologist.

As an urban ecologist who worked as a postdoc researcher at the University of Helsinki after completing his PhD in Hungary, Ferenc Vilisics’ range of interests has taken him from the field of biology to that of cooking, and back.

Do you feel you have done everything you can to find work in Finland? Have the negative responses from employers left you feeling you are facing an impossible challenge, leaving you feeling frustrated and isolated? If so then Luckan’s peer group for unemployed immigrants may be just what you need to help you reflect on your situation and find a more empowered and positive path to employment.