I find it often rather difficult to answer “Who am I” (any of you ever feel the same?).
Certainly there are some facts that I can freely share with you: I was born in Finland, started my university studies in Helsinki, spent some time learning Russian and drinking vodka on the roofs of Saint Petersburg and finished my studies in London.
I moved to Paris and very soon after, by a coincidence, I found a job that took me literally and geographically around the world during many, many years. In the companies I worked for, I was known as The Person Who Goes Where No One Else Does.
Explore pyramids in Sudan, be harassed by the secret police in a Sharia country, drink camel milk in Kyrgyzstan, eat cow brain in Uzbekistan, fly from Tanzania to Bujumbura while technically all commercial flights were supposed to be banned, swim with a 12-meter whale shark in the Mafia Island, refuse to accept 100 camels as a dowry and marry a nomad living in Kyzyl Kum, eat black caviar with the biggest Ukrainian oligarch, lend my car in a remote corner of Zanzibar for a young boy to be buried, visit the African cradle of civilization where we all come from, get lost in the Algerian Sahara, experience Haitian voodoo, fall in love with Hinduism, etc. I did all this and much more.
Today, I am based in Paris and travel differently. You will read about my daily life in Paris, but also about my past and current travels. Am I a citizen of the world, a globetrotter or a 20th-century product of globalization, I don’t know, but I have amazing experiences in so many corners of the world and I believe they should be shared. These experiences are pearls and this is why the name pearlspotting.