Finland Center board member Katariina offers her city insights and tips in this entry of our blog series.

 Q: How long have you lived in New York?

A: On and off since 2002, and permanently since I graduated college in 2007.

Q: Why did you move to New York?

A: At first I came here in the summers to work, but after I graduated from college I returned to work full-time at a hotel. By then I had also met the man whom I’m proud to call my husband today.

Q: What are your favorite places in the City?

The East Village and the Lower East Side, and the South Street Seaport.

Q: Favorite restaurant?

A: I Can’t decide on just one; I like Pure Food and WineBeaconHangawi and Franchia.

Q: Do you have a favorite store?

A: Live, Live Organic in the East Village.

Q: What are your favorite things to do on your free time?

 A: Walking by the water, listening to live music, enjoying happy hours and eating great food with friends.

Q: What do you think is the best thing about living in New York? 

A: There’s always something to see and experience; you’ll never get bored. I also love the diversity.

Q: What do you miss about Finland? 

A: The Sauna, the food, and the peace and quiet.

Q: Describe New York in three words?

A: Nonstop, loud, exciting.

Q: Describe Finland in three words? 

A: Serene, safe and pure.

Katariina oversees Finland Center’s Facebook and Twitter pages. She also writers a blog about her life (and her cats) at www.katzandthecity.blogspot.com.