You may have already seen Tim Walker’s Atlantic article, “The Bad American Habits I Kicked in Finland.” I initially came across the article–a brief riff on the cultural differences between Americans and Finns–some time this winter. While I hadn’t encountered the article too long ago, I read it again yesterday, six months to the day I moved to Atlanta, with a critical eye towards my own habits and transition.
My transition to Atlanta has not been difficult. Having been born and raised in Kentucky, in addition to five plus years spent exiled on the other side of the country, I am overjoyed to be back in the South. Things make sense to me here in the same way that, after prolonged exposure to Finland’s sauna culture, getting naked and sweating with strangers makes sense to Tim Walker, but not to his friend visiting from New York.