Holy moly these 9 months have flown by! Right now I’m either at the airport or on my flight from Stockholm to Chicago. If this is your first time on Boarding for Chynna, I’ve been an au pair in Finland for the past 9 months. If you want to know more information about being an au pair below are some blog posts I have written!
- How I Became an Au Pair in Finland
- My Daily Life as an Au Pair: Chynna
- My Daily Life as an Au Pair: Zanie (there are a couple posts from other au pairs)
- Why I Became an Au Pair After College
- Three Things You Should Ask Yourself Before Becoming an Au Pair
- Questions You Should Ask Before Signing Your Au Pair Contract
My year as an au pair has definitely been an interesting one. As a 25-year-old it’s not something you hear of people doing after college. I will say that taking a year of was really nice so that I could travel before having to get into the game of life. But I don’t think I will ever not stop traveling! I’ve had a fun year and I’m excited to share what I did today!
August and September
I arrived in Finland at the beginning of August and the weather was great! I visited the capital, Helsinki, for the first time and met some other au pairs in the same city. At the beginning of September I went to Tallinn, Estonia by boat with some of the au pairs. Tallinn is a beautiful place I would have never thought of going to, but so glad I did. You can read about my trip HERE.
October and November
October was a big month! I turned 25 and went on my first solo trip to Prague! My grandpa is from Prague so I have been wanting to go for a long time and was blown away by the beauty of the city. If you would like to read about my trip to Prague, click HERE.
In November I took my next solo trip to Copenhagen! I loved this city! Even though it was chilly at this time of the year, it was amazing! You can read about my trip HERE.
December and January
One au pair I met was from France and when she found out I wasn’t going home for Christmas she invited my to her families house to join them! Seriously the nicest thing and I’m forever grateful for it! We spent a day in Paris before heading to her family’s town and then two other days exploring Metz and Nancy. You can read my posts about France, HERE and HERE.
After Christmas I made my way up to Brussels and then to Amsterdam. I will say that Brussels didn’t really blow me away, but Amsterdam did! Amsterdam is gorgeous and the canals are a dream to just look at all day. You can read my post for Brussels HERE and Amsterdam HERE.
In January I took a weekend trip to Stockholm with another au pair and her friend. Stockholm is a beautiful city, but pretty cold during the winter! You can read about my weekend HERE.
February and March
I’m not going to lie, February was rough. It’s cold and dark and it feels like winter will never end. On a positive note though, I did get to go skiing with my host family for the first time!
I also went to a public sauna and jumped into a frozen lake! Very very Finnish thing to do in the winter.
In March I finally saw a friend from back home! After not seeing any of my friends since August I was so happy. I’m so glad I was able to meet up with them in Barcelona! You can read about my trip to Barcelona HERE.
April and May
April was a great month! I had another friend come to visit and we took a trip to Lisbon Portugal! I fell in love with this city. There is so much to see and do. You can read my Lisbon posts HERE, HERE, and HERE.
My Thoughts on Being an Au Pair
People ask if I would do it over again and it’s such a hard question. If I didn’t come I would have never met the people I did or do the things I did. And really I’m not sure I would want to give that up. But also I overall didn’t enjoy being an au pair. I love working with kids and even have a degree based on working with them, but this is completely different. I am not in control of anything and had to base my life on what 5 other people were doing. So really I have not felt in control of my own life these past 9 months which has been hard for me. It was an experience though and was able to do so much, so for that I am thankful.
I want to thank everyone who has kept up with my journey these past 9 months and can’t wait to share what I will be doing during this next chapter in life!
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