One Month in Jyväskylä!

Wow!!! Today marks a month since I set out on this journey. It's crazy to think that a month ago at this time I was sitting in an airport in Chicago just waiting for time to pass. Actually, that's not true. Time zones ignored, I had only just woken up to load up the truck … Continue reading One Month in Jyväskylä!

Wrapped in my city

On this not quite month-aversary I found myself with a free Monday. No classes, only one article of homework left to read. And luckily enough, the sky was clear. The outsidey place was calling me when I woke up this morning. I've wasted too many days in the sun because I've been afraid of going … Continue reading Wrapped in my city

Camp Magic

It’s an old story, but it’s nice to come back and reflect. Summer Camp is a special place.

United Methodist Campus Ministry @ ESU

Hello there, beautiful masterpieces of God!

My name is Kalliope Craft and this is what I like to tell my campers at Camp Chippewa at least twice in their week with me. You are God’s masterpiece. You don’t look up at the stars (that we often sleep under by the way – who needs roofs when you’re camping???!) or out into the trees and tell God His Nature art isn’t beautiful!! It’s about time you stop telling Him His human art isn’t beautiful! Okay. End rant.

I am going into my junior year at ESU as an Elementary Education major and Music minor, and this summer I was blessed to return to Camp Chippewa for the third summer. Let me tell ya, this place has become home and I’m so excited to get to share about how the Chippewa family has worked in my life. To start with, I am…

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How long has it been?

I can't believe it's almost been a month. In fact, in just 8 days I will have survived my whole first month living in Jyväskylä. It's been amazing. And it's only going to get better, I can feel it. This last week has been such an adventure! Saturday, I went to Laajis Adventure Park, Sunday … Continue reading How long has it been?

Head Cannons

So, in the last few days, I've been made shockingly aware of a few things that can only be understood by not being at home. First, I want to give a shoutout to my bike. I payed €60 for a probably slightly too small bicycle the first week I got here, and yesterday I realized … Continue reading Head Cannons

Feels like Home

This week is only half over and it has been so darn amazing. I'm finally getting into the flow of my classes, I've discovered some beautiful hidden spaces on campus - as well as found my bearings and oriented myself as to where all the buildings are in relationship to the others, and I've spent … Continue reading Feels like Home

Autumn is coming!

Today, on the bike ride to the school, there were orange leaves on the sidewalks. I'm so excited. Fall is my favorite time of year because I love sweater weather, the rosy cheeks, a warm drink in my hand, the accompanying fantasy novel, and above it all, the changing colors. I am so blessed to … Continue reading Autumn is coming!


I am going to bed tonight and I'm so mind blown by what the world I live in. Like this is me right now: Let me tell you a story. In fifth grade, I made friends with this super weird guy who for some reason, decided to talk to the lonely girl on the playground. … Continue reading Humans.

Moi! and other Finnish things

Moi! Hello! That's about the extent of my Finnish conversational skills, aside for anteeksi (I'm sorry/excuse me) and kiitos (thank you). For more ways to be midwestern in Finland, read this cool blog. 😉 Okay, but let's get real. I have had two of my classes for the semester so far and one is a … Continue reading Moi! and other Finnish things

Surviving a Finnish Week

Well, here I am! I have made it to week two in Finland! It's been such an adventure and all I've done is orientation stuff. I do have one class tomorrow and two on Thursday, but that's the thing, we haven't even started classes yet and I already feel at home! I knew coming here … Continue reading Surviving a Finnish Week